The original Breton horse is a small draught or carriage horse native to Brittany in north-west France, in a section opposite southwest England, from which it is separated by the English Channel. By crossing it with various other breeds three distinct types emerged: the Draught Breton, the Postier, and Corlay (now very rare). The Corlay, used as a riding horse and for fast, light draft work, was the lightest form of Breton. Although small, the Breton horse was noted for its soundness and vigor.
In general, these horses have clean-cut necks of medium length, beautiful, round, well-muscled bodies with short backs and rather longer and straighter croups and rumps than the older French breeds. The eyes are sparkling and animated and the hoofs are round and well-formed. The mane is double and well furnished with hair and the tail is bushy. Their paces are quick and easy, constitution good, and temper gentle.
- Encyclopedia of the horse. Elwin Hartley Edwards
- Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: Animals. Liberty Hyde Bailey