The Noriker originated in and received its name from the Roman Province of Noricum, an area which roughly approximates the current boundaries of Austria. The Romans constructed an extensive road system in Noricum and, as old relics show us, horses closely resembling the Noriker were used to pull wagons and as pack animals. Only this horse could fulfill the needs of the farmers who worked the high pastures. The breed is renowned for being sure-footed, and capable of pulling considerable loads over long distances. In order to become a registered breeding stallion, the Noriker is required to pass demanding tests which measure its strength and speed.

The Noriker is a medium-sized heavy draft horse which typically stands 16 to 16.2 hands. It has a large head set on a short, muscular neck. The chest and shoulders are ample and muscular. It appears in many colors including bay, brown, chestnut and dun. It is not unusual to find spotted coloring, which reflects the influence of Andalusian blood on the breed in the 1700s.

The Noriker is native to Austria which roughly made up the ancient Roman Province of Noricum from which the breed acquired its name. The breed now is found in Italy, the Czech Republic, the former Yugoslavia and Germany, where it is known as the South German Coldblood.

When a Noriker stallion is nominated for stud service, it must successfully complete a test of its strength and speed. It must pull a heavy load, as well as, walk 500 meters in a specified length of time. Some mares are now being subjected to the test as well.

1. Native Stock 2. Ardennes 3. Percheron

For more information:
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Der Norikerzuchter Osterreichs Museumgasse 5 A - 9010 Klagenfurt AUSTRIA
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der norischen Pferdezuchterverbande Osterreichs A-5751 Maishofen 96 AUSTRIA

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