Today’s Horse Facts: The Oldenburg

The Oldenburg is a horse breed that originated in Germany hundreds of years ago.


Today’s Horse Facts: The Oldenburg

Oldenburg Mare

Even if you are a horse lover, you might not know much about the Oldenburg breed of horse. The Oldenburg is a very old breed that originated in Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany. But is it a draft horse? A pulling horse? A riding horse? Let’s take our 10-question quiz, and see how much you know about this breed that you might have seen more than you thought:

  1. Although originally bred in Germany, the Oldenburg is now found all over the world.
  2. The Oldenburg is a warm-blooded horse.
  3. In the 1700s and 1800s, this breed was used as carriage horses because of its high step.
  4. Oldenburgs can be identified only by an “O” or “S” brand placed on their left hip before they are two years old.
  5. This breed is a tall horse, averaging between 16.0 and 17.2 hands.
  6. Oldenburgs are only solid colors.
  7. This breed has three gaits: walk, trot, canter.
  8. The Oldenburg Verband (Association) and the Oldenburg International Breeding Program boast a total of over 300 studs and over 8000 mares in their registry.
  9. Oldenburgs are shown exclusively in carriage pulling classes.
  10. The Verband rules state that a new colt’s name will always start with the same letter as its sire.

Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an Oldenburg expert! Here are the answers:

  1.  T
  2.  T  (For more information about warm-blooded horses, go to


     3.  T

     4.   F  They also can have a microchip embedded in their necks.

     5.   T

    6.    F  Most are brown, black, bay, chestnut, and grey, but there are tobiano pinto stallions in the Oldenburg registry.

    7.   T

    8.   T

    9.   F   Oldenburgs are excellent in jumping and dressage.

   10. T   Each filly’s name also starts with the same letter as its mare’s name.

 So, do you think you’ve ever seen an Oldenburg perform in a show and you weren’t sure what kind of horse it was? Well, you could have been watching an Oldenburg if you were watching a jumping or dressage class. Aren’t they beautiful horses?

The “O” Brand on the Left Hip
of an Oldenburg

If you want to learn more about this fascinating horse breed, look up these other websites to check on additional facts:

Next time we’ll visit the Morgan. Although I’ve never owned one, I’ve ridden several down through the years. They are a smooth riding handsome breed with hefty features.

Happy riding!



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