Holsteiner horse

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The Holsteiner is a breed of horse originating in the Schleswig-Holstein region of northern Germany. It is thought to be the oldest of warmblood breeds, tracing back to the 13th century. Though the population is not large, Holsteiners are a dominant force of international show jumping, and are found at the top levels of dressage, combined driving, show hunters, and eventing.<!--expand lead for GA, see WP:LEAD-->

Breed characteristics

Holsteiners are medium-framed horses averaging between 16 and 17 hands high () at the withers. Approved stallions must be a minimum of 16hh and mares a minimum of 15.2hh (). As a breed, Holsteiners are known for their arched, rather high-set necks and powerful hindquarters. The heavy neck was perpetuated even in modern Holsteiners with the help of Ladykiller xx and his son, Landgraf. In centuries past, Holsteiners retained the...
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