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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Oldenburg

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 If you are a dressage, hunter, or show jumping enthusiast, you have probably witnessed the grand Oldenburg in action. A beautiful sport horse, the breed is known for their tall build, long necks and expressive gaits. Want to know more? Here are some fun facts about the Oldenburg.

#1 – Originally bred as carriage horses

The Oldenburg was carefully bred in the 16th and 17th century by Count Johann in the Oldenburg region to be a carriage horse – characterized by a trot with high action and a stylish body type. Before then, the region only had strong draft-type horses for working the land.

Image Source: Wilhelm von Schreeb via Wikimedia
Image Source: Wilhelm von Schreeb via Wikimedia

#2 – Used by The Queen

According to the Oldenburg Registry of North America/International Sporthorse Registry (ORNA/ISR), The Queen of Britain used Oldenburgs for her royal coach clear up until the 1960s.

mage Source: Otto Eerelman via Wikimedia
Image Source: Otto Eerelman via Wikimedia

#3 – Developing the Sport horse

When the need for carriage horses declined, breeders in the 1970’s began to breed the Oldenburg for riding. To do this, they crossed with high quality Thoroughbred stallions, which is still done today.

Image Source: Louis - Judy Ann Melchior via Wikimedia
Image Source: Louis – Judy Ann Melchior via Wikimedia

#4 – Branding is a normal practice for this breed

Upon inspection of a foal or yearling, they are usually branded. The brand contains an “O” or an “S.” Older horses being accepted in the registry are not usually branded.

 

Image Source: Werner Willmann via Wikimedia
Image Source: Werner Willmann via Wikimedia

#5 – Colt names usually start with the same letter as the sire’s name

Though this is not a strict rule by the ORNA/ISR, they strong urge breeder’s to name colts with names starting with the same letter as their sires. Some also name fillies in the same way – with the same letter as their dam’s name.

Image Source: Kraig McNutt via Flickr
Image Source: Kraig McNutt via Flickr

#6 – Although solids are prevalent, they do allow pintos

Though you probably think of an Oldenburg as being a rich bay, chestnut, black or grey, they do allow (and have) tobiano pintos in the registry.

Image Source: Kraig McNutt via Flickr
Image Source: Kraig McNutt via Flickr

#7 – At the age of three, fillies must be inspected for mare book approval

The ORNA/ISR requires fillies to be inspected for entry in the mare book. According to their site: “entry depends on the score the mare gets at the inspection and on the papers she has.”

Image Source: Kraig McNutt via Flickr
Image Source: Kraig McNutt via Flickr
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