The Oldenburg horse is a tall horse and the heaviest of German warm bloods, named after the area of Germany from which it came and, also the man who bred it, Count Anton Von Oldenburg.
It was first established as a coach horse breed in the 17th century.
Friesians were used as the base and the breed was developed by crossing Neapolitan, Spanish, Cleveland Bay, English Thoroughbred, Norfolk Roadster, Hanoverian and French Norman blood to produce a grand, coach horse standing 17hh.
As the demand for heavy coach horses became redundant with the introduction of motor vehicles, more Thoroughbred and Norman blood were introduced to produce a smaller riding horse.
Despite its size and build, the Oldenburg matures early, which is an unusual feature for such a large horse.
Oldenburg horses carry the brand mark of a letter “O” with a ducal coronet, on their nearside quarters.
A strong type, with a straight plain head, neck is long and very strong, short-legged with plenty of bone, a strong back, quarters and hind limbs.
Most Oldenburgers have expressive, elastic gaits with a great deal of suspension.
The quality of the walk, trot, or canter is highly individual, but their gaits are selected to be suitable for sport.
All three gaits are straight when viewed from the front or back and rhythmical at all times.
The walk is diligent and open, the trot is active and elastic, and the canter is uphill and adjustable. So you get a an amazing ride.
Over fences, most Oldenburgers show some talent with great technique.
Stallions are performance tested in their third year and the society of Breeders of the Oldenburg horse, pursue a rigorous policy of careful selection and testing.
The height ranges from 16.2 – 17hh with coat colours being solid, chestnut and grey being not so common.
The breed is used for general riding, driving, dressage and jumping where they show great technique.
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