The foundation of the European warmblood horse of East Prussia,
the Trakehner, was laid at a stud farm established in 1732.
In the early days, the horse was stocky and in need of size
and refinement. In the early 1800's, Thoroughbreds and Arabian
blood began to be introduced to create a horse with better
endurance, to create a quality war horse when needed, as well
as a working horse for East Prussian farms.
Today's Trakehner is large, and stands between 16 and 17
hnads. They have refinement- more than most European warmblood
breeds and has great substance. They excel in dressage competitions
because of their elegance and the floating trot and balanced
canter movements. Their shoulders slope and their back is
long. Their powerful hindquarters allow the breed to jump.
They are alert and intelligent, and work hard to please.
UKRAINIAN SADDLE HORSE
Originally breeded with the improved taboon system, the
ukrainian Saddle breed is now developed using the stable and
pasture management method. Ukrainian Saddle horses were developed
by the crossing of Hungarian mares with the Thoroughbred,
Hanoverian and trakehner stallions. Horses with a trace of
Russian Saddle blood are considered very valuable.
Ukrainian Saddle horses are mostly bred for sport purposes,
and are heavy saddle horses with a solid build. The average
height is 165 cm and have a body length of 165 cm. Most of
the breed is bay, brown or chestnut in color.
Soviet riders win high ranking competitions when riding
the beautiful Ukrainian Saddle horses, and they are known
for high performance in classic events like dressage.
In South Africa, the Vlaamperd breed was developed as a
riding horse and for draft purposes. The breed is now almost
extinct, and was developed from the Friesian, Hackney and
VLADIMIR HEAVY DRAFT HORSE
When attempting to develop a horse with medium draft power
and high speed, the Vladimir Heavy Draft breed was created
from crossbreeding with a variety of draft breeds. Breeding
from Clydesdale horses, Percheron and suffolk, as well as
some breeding with the Shire resulted in the Vladimir Heavy
Draft horse. The breed was recognized in 1946.
Vladimir Heavy Draft horses have a stout build, are fast
and have an energetic temperment. The average height of a
vladimi is 160 cm tall, with a body length of 165. Most horses
in the breed classification are bay, or brown in color, with
some black. A typical characteristic of the breed is a white
star or blaze marking on the head and legs.
A North Russian Pony breed, the Vyatka development was influenced
by the natural conditions of their environment. Vyatka have
good draft abilities and are fast animals with strong endurance
qualities. In early 19th century, the Vyatka was known as
the best troika horse in Russia.
Vyatka horses have a wide forehead and a clean-cut head
and a short neck. The breed has average withers and a broad
back that sometimes dips slightly at the withers. Most are
chestnut or bay colored and have a black stripe along their
spines. A medium sized horse, Vyatka's have an average height
of 140 cm and a body length of 150 cm.
Thanks to the development of transportation and industry,
the number of Vyatka horses has been on the decline. The breed
is rare and is in need of protection.
A fairly new breed established in 1981 by ranchers in Southern
California, the Welara is a pony breed that is the result
of crossing a Welsh pony with an Arabian horse.
Welara pony's has the best characteristics and qualities
of the Welsh and Arabian breeds, including beauty, eager intelligence,
and a gentle disposition.
In addition to the Welara breed consisting of the pony's
that came from the breeding of Arab's and Welsh pony's; Welara
will also accept pure Arabs that are too small in size to
meet requirements for the Arabian stud book.
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