The Charentais and Vendéen are extinct breeds of horse from western France. They were bred principally in the area around Poitou-Charentes and Vendée, France. They were used as a mount for light cavalry.
Photograph from "Guide pratique pour la connaissance et l'élevage du cheval", 1911
|Country of origin||Western France|
The Vendéen breed was originally imported by the Dutch in the 17th century from Friesland. It was originally to be used for draining swamps, but was later crossed with Thoroughbred stallions to make it fit for service as a mount for light cavalry.<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20140214185248/http://www.cheval-vendeen.com/historique.html
These breeds were combined with other lines to become the Selle Français.
- Jean Henri Magne, Hygiène vétérinaire appliquée : Étude de nos races d'animaux domestiques et des moyens de les améliorer, vol. 1, Labe, 1857, p. 331
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