The Oldenburg is a good example of a breed which has undergone many changes in order to keep up with the times. Originally used as a coach horse in the 17th century, the (Old Type) Oldenburg also met the various needs of German farms. As industrialization caught up with the horse it was infused with heavier blood to become a utility horse capable of cavalry work. Again, times changed and a more refined horse was desirable. Thoroughbred and Anglo-Norman blood were introduced to produce the (Modern Type) Oldenburg which has developed into a competition breed, excelling at dressage and driving.

This is the tallest and heaviest of German warmbloods. It stands between 16.2 and 17.2 hands high. Colors range between gray, black, brown, bay, but rarely chestnut. The modern Oldenburg has an average sized head with flared nostrils and pricked-up ears. The body is strong as are the hind quarters.


ally of Friesian stock, Spanish and Neapolitan blood was brought in by Count Anton Gunther von Oldenburg in the 17th century. From that time various blood has been added including Andalusian, Barb, Thoroughbred, Hanoverian, Cleveland Bay, and Norman horses.

The Oldenburg matures early, particularly for such a large horse. Because of this, the horse is known to be kind, yet bold.

1. Friesian 2. Thoroughbred 3. Anglo-Norman 4. Andalusian

For more information:
Verband der Zuchter des Oldenburger Pferdes Haarenfeld 52 c. 2900 Oldenburg GERMANY
International Sporthorse Registry/Oldenburg North America 939 Merchandise Mart 200 World Trade Center Chicago IL 60654 Phone: (312) 527-6544 Fax: (312) 527-6573

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