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Oldenburg horse: characteristics, history and characteristics of the breed

Oldenburg breed of horses
The breed was brought to the river in Oldenburg in the eighteenth century and has since been greatly improved; today it is representatives who take part in all European festivities and ceremonies. These horses have a distinctive beauty of soft, gentle nature, and they cope with almost any job in the farm.

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Stallion of Oldenburg breed of white suit

The key difference between the Oldenburg breed is its relation to “half-blooded” horses. This is a special group, called “warm blooded” in the original. The term was specifically introduced to define the category of European representatives obtained by the method of selection of heavy and purebred breeds. Historically, they have been brought out for military purposes to smooth out the inflammatory traits of a thoroughbred character and to make the new breed more obedient and fit for hard work, at the same time without losing the harness.

A breed with a rich championship track record
Now Oldenburg breed is actively used in sports competitions, especially the descendants of the tribal champion Cornet Obolensky. Russian owners can take part in the breeding and participation in the club’s life. This is a real opportunity to enter the European market for breeding stallions, as this breed is currently very popular thanks to Cornet Obolensky. In this case, breeders have the opportunity to breed with Russian breeds to improve the athletic qualities of individuals.

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Champion Cornet Obolensky during the competition

The Oldenburg Breed Owners Club is quite active and has its own Oldenburger Breeding & Sport magazine to cover the events. In this edition you can get acquainted with the work of the association and interesting sports horses of this family. The publication publishes all the news of the association, as well as a list of realized breeding stallions.

Breed history
A significant role in the formation of the breed was played by the Danish King Johann VI and, earlier, by his brother, German commander Christoph Oldenburg. The county at that time belonged to one of the developed and active in the military plan of the European principalities and needed good durable horses with pronounced harness.

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The Friesian horse is the main breed, long used by German farmers

Work on the breed began around 1573, when Johann VI became Earl of Oldenburg and was completed in 1603. During this period, all equestrian farms in the region were reorganized for the economic development of the area. His case was succeeded by Anton I. Oldenburg breed received as a result of breeding ancient Frisian horses and Andalusian, Neapolitan and Danish racehorses.

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Andalusian horse

Breed change over time: breeding features and practical application
The Oldenburg breed is a classic example of quality breeding, resulting in the improvement of the local breed of carriages and bringing it to the level of top-class sports horses. In the modern classification, it is customary to separate the two categories of the Alt-Oldenburger and Modern-Oldenburger breeds, in other words the old and the new Oldenburg breed because of characteristic changes in the exterior, character and riding qualities.

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Stallion Krenich, painting in 1640

Alt-Oldenburger is one of the best coach-harness breeds
Until the seventeenth century, local horses in Oldenburg had a compact, rigid structure and were used for heavy work throughout modern-day Lower Saxony.

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1898 Lithograph, Alt-Oldenburger

Johann VI from 1575 to 1603 purchased for breeding representatives of exquisite Turkish breed, powerful Andalusian and Neapolitan horses in order to obtain his own unique breeding stock of new carriage-harness breeds. The offspring were further improved by crossing with the Neapolitan and Iberian breeds. The result was a horse with the characteristic beautiful harness alum used for carriages. Since the seventeenth century, the resulting individuals have become more noble and sophisticated thanks to breeding with thoroughbred horse racehorses, Berberian and Arabian breed.

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The Oldenburg breed is one of the oldest warm-blooded horse breeds that arose in the 17th century in a small German county (Oldenburg province, East Frisia). Named in honor of…

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