Today’s Horse Facts: The Trakehner
(All facts taken from the websites cited below)
The Trakehner is an unusual breed that folks know very little about. How about you? Do you know anything about this beautiful horse? I knew very little except this breed is very versatile, and it has its origins in Eastern Prussia. So let’s take our quiz and see what you know about this very special breed.
Here is your ten-question T/F quiz:
- The Trakehner originated in Trakehnen, East Prussia (Germany) in 1732.
- In the 1900s, the Arabian blood was introduced into the breed to give the stocky build a more refined look.
- This horse is the only warmblood in Germany that has a “closed” population and breeds “pure.”
- Thoroughbred stallions have also been used in strengthening the breed.
- Trakehners are small refined horses about 14 hands high.
- This breed excels in barrel racing and driving classes in shows.
- Trakehners are usually bay or dark brown.
- This horse is known for its dish-faced nose.
- After World War I, there were only about 650 of these horses alive in West Germany.
- This breed boasts several winners of medals at different summer Olympic games.
Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:
- F The Arabian was introduced in the 1800s.
- F They are strong boned, yet refined and at between 15.2 and 17 hands high.
- F They excel in dressage and jumping classes.
- F They can be any color, including roan and tobiano pinto.
- F It’s known for its “floating trot,” a lofty light step.
Now that you know a little about this beautiful horse breed, do you think you might have seen some of them competing in horse shows or in the Olympics? I know I have, and I look forward to seeing them perform again. Now when the moderator or announcer says, “This horse is a Trakehner,” I’ll know exactly what breed he’s talking about.
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