The Oldenburg horses name is derived from the horse's origins;
Oldenburg is a city within lower Saxony, Germany. Modern day
Oldenburg horses are controlled by the "Association of breeders
of the Oldenburg horse".
Oldenburg horses are bred for performance and quality; they
excel in dressage and showjumping. On the flat the Oldenburg
has incredible animated rhythmical gaits, with a great deal
of suspension, Oldenburg horses are also extremely accurate
over fences; they are bold and have a powerful jump with plenty
As a result of the Oldenburg's open studbook, the substance
and height of the individual horse will vary depending on
the horse's ancestry. Oldenburg's are usually bay, brown,
chestnut, grey, or black. You can find horses for sale with
these characteristics on the Horsewizard website.
History and development
The Oldenburg warmblood registry came about in 1923.The
Oldenburg's history lies with the native horse of Oldenburg,
the Alt-Oldenburg, meaning old Oldenburg. The Alt-Oldenburg
was a general type of horse, a heavier warmblood horse used
for agricultural purposes and carriage work. In the 1940s
and 1950s horses we replaced by tractors and cars, so the
horse became a luxury rather than a requirement so there became
a need for a lighter type of riding horse.
The Alt-Oldenburg was refined by infusing Thoroughbred and
Anglo-Norman blood. The infusion of the French blood lines
proved to be the most successful.
Modern breeding practises such as artificial insemination
have allowed stallions from much further afield to be included
in the Oldenburg's meticulous breeding programme to improve
the breed; the infusion of various illustrious sport horse
bloodlines has made the Oldenburg one of the words leading
The Hanoverian is a continental warmblood horse, the Hanoverian
originates from Germany, from the area known as lower Saxony,
this area was the former kingdom of Hannover, and this is
where the Hanoverian warmbloods name is derived from.
The Hanoverian warmblood is extremely distinguished; it
is one of the oldest most established continental warmbloods,
an extremely high achiever that excels in equestrian sport,
such as dressage, eventing and show jumping. Hanoverian warmbloods
are enormously popular horses and are found on all five continents,
this is down to the fantastic attributes of the Hanoverian
The Hanoverian warmblood horse usually stands from 15.2
to 17.2 hands. They are usually bay, grey, chestnut, brown
or black. Hanoverian warmblood horses are bred for performance,
consequently the Hanoverian warmblood is a well built, strong
athletic horse with fantastic paces and exceptional jumping
form. The Horsewizard website is a good place to find these
types for Horses for
The Hanoverian stud book formally started in 1888, but breeding
records date back to the early 1700s, when the Hanoverian
warmblood was bred for coach and army work. The Hanoverian
horse became one of the most sought horses in Europe. After
the Second World War the Hanoverian warmblood horse was bred
for performance, as there was high demand for quality riding
horses and competition horses.
The Holstein warmblood horse name is derived from its place
of origin, the province of Schleswig-Holstein.
The modern day Holstein horse is a top class all round horse
that excels at dressage and show jumping.The Holstein is of
international standard. Many of todays top showjumping and
dresssage horses are Holsteins.
Registerd Holstein horses carry the Holstein brand which
is depicted by an "H" in crowned shield.
Registered Holstein horses usually stand between 16 to 17
hands and can only be bay, chestnut, black, grey or brown.
No other colours are permitted.
The Holstein horse height and build vary on the individual
horses parentage, but overall the Holstein has a muscular
strong body and powerfull hind quarters which gives the Holstein
excellent jumping ability. If you are looking for an Oldenburg
horse for sale visit the Horsewizard website.
The Holstein is thought to be the oldest of all the continental
horse breeds, their ancestry can be followed back to the 13th
The Holstein horses were used as war horses in the middle
ages, the In the 16th and 17th century there was a need for
coach horses, so the heavier war horse was refined using Neapolitan,
Barbary and Spanish bloodlines, to develop a lighter type
of horse, that was suitable for coach work. Later on in the
19th century there was a need for a more athletic faster coach
horse consequently the Holstein was improved by adding blood
from Yorkshire coach horses, which themselves were high in
In the 1960s the Holstein breed was refined once again,
using Thoroughbred blood from Britain and Ireland. The breeders
were also aware of the success that the breeder of the Oldenburg
had when they infused French blood, as a result of the Holstein
breeders also introduced French blood in to the Holstein breed.
About the Author
Paul Simms is the author of this article about Oldenburg,
Hanoverian and Holstein Horses.