is a warmblood horse from the north-western corner of Lower Saxony
, what was formerly the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg. The breed was built on a mare base of all-purpose farm and carriage horses, today called the Alt-Oldenburger
. The modern Oldenburg is managed by the Association of Breeders of the Oldenburger Horse
, which enacts strict selection
of breeding stock to ensure that each generation is better than the last. Oldenburgers are tall sport horses
with excellent gaits and jumping ability. The breeding of Oldenburg horses is characterized by very liberal pedigree requirements and the exclusive use of privately-owned stallions rather than centralization around a state-owned stud farm.
Up until the 17th century, horses in the region of Oldenburg were likely small and plain, but strong enough to be used to work the heavy soil of the Frisian
coast. These horses would become the foundation
of the Oldenburg's neighbors from Holstein
. One of the first to take a vested interest in organized horse breeding was Count Johann XVI (1540–1603). Johann XVI purchased high-class Frederiksborgers
, refined Turkish horses
and powerful Neapolitan
horses for use with his own breeding stock. His successor, Count Anton Gunther (1583–1667) not only brought back from his travels the most desirable horses of the time, but made the stallions available to his tenants.
Rigorous stallion inspections
were held beginning in 1715 in... Read More