Today’s Horse Facts: The Hanoverian – Time Well Spent

The Hanoverian horse breed from Germany is often seen competing in the Olympic games.

The Hanoverian: Time Well Spent

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

 (Ephesians 5:16)

To see a picture of the Hanoverian, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoverian_horse 

The country of Germany has the reputation of breeding many of the finest horses in the world. Among those breeds, the warm-blooded Hanoverian is arguably the most popular or famous. Like so many other horses named after the region where they were first found, this beautiful equine is from Hanover in northern Germany. He’s often seen in the Olympic Games and other world class competitive English riding styles. Although his roots branded him as a carriage driver, he’s now known as one of the outstanding competitive show horses. His lineage and excellence in performance can be attributed to only one fact: the time spent by Hanoverian enthusiasts to breed and train such an outstanding horse.

The Hanoverians’ roots go back to 1714 when King George I of England sent some of his finest Thoroughbreds to Germany where they were crossbred with Germany’s native horses. Then in 1735, his son, George II, developed a special stallion to pilot a breeding program of superb working horses and dependable cavalry mounts. At first, he used black Holsteiners (a taller athletic German horse) then added Thoroughbred blood. The newer Hanoverian became more nimble and highly skilled for competition. Through the 1700s, the developing Hanoverian was also crossbred with Cleveland Bays, Neapolitans, Andalusians, Prussians, and Mecklenburgs.  The result? A first-class coach horse used for hundreds of years.

Fast forward to the 1940s. Horse enthusiasts started the world-wide search for an excellent sport horse that could also serve as a general riding mount. Again, Hanoverian breeders answered the call by crossbreeding their stock with Thoroughbreds. However, occasionally using Anglo-Arabian or Trakehner studs produced the beautiful champion Hanoverian we now see winning blue ribbons all around the world.

The Hanoverian of today has a teachable temperament with a strong back, powerful body, and strong legs. He stands between 15.3 and 17.2 hands, and his color is usually chestnut, bay, black, and gray. Registered Hanoverians can’t have too much white anywhere on their bodies, and buckskin, palomino and cremello horses are ineligible for registration.

Since the Hanoverian is bred for the specialties of jumping and dressage, his haunches must be powerful, enabling him to cover the terrain with plenty of spring and force. He has won dozens of gold medals in all three equestrian Olympic competitions: dressage, show jumping, and eventing. The eventing class is considered the most demanding of all for both horse and rider. It originated with well-trained cavalry horses, which had to cover rough terrain and obstacles while running at full speed. As the eventing class evolved over time, it also included dressage and show jumping as well as cross country jumping and galloping.

The Hanoverians are so highly trained, they can be priced at high as $60,000 or more. If you’d like to go shopping for a Hanoverian, you can easily identify him by an “H” brand on his left hindquarter. You’ll also spot two numbers under the brand, the last two digits of the horse’s registration number.

Because of the time spent over hundreds of years to produce this champion, the Hanoverian is strong and elegant, an equine athlete full of grace and beauty.  I would say that’s been time well spent, wouldn’t you?

Have you discovered in your daily routine that anything worthwhile takes lots of time?  It takes time to put a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle together. It takes time to do any chores well. It takes time to do schoolwork, and after years and years of studying, you’ll finally graduate from high school. Most importantly, it takes time to become a strong Christian.

Speaking of time well spent, do you ever think going to church, reading the Bible, and praying is time well spent, or do you think it’s a waste of time?

As usual, the Bible has something to say about your time and how you should spend it. God wants you to draw closer to Him and become a strong Christian. The only way that can happen is if you do spend time going to church, reading the Bible, and praying. Now that’s time well spent!

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to spend my time wisely. I want to learn more about you because you’re such a wonderful God.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP!   (What would God have you do now?)

Think of some activities you know waste time and decide to use your time more wisely:

Take your ride: (Do you know?)  One of the highest prices ever paid for a Hanoverian was $1,125,000 (That’s one million, one hundred, twenty-five thousand dollars) for the purchase of a horse named Lemony’s Nicket.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?)  “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11a NIRV).

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Today’s Horse Facts: The Hanoverian

Today’s Horse Facts: The Hanoverian

Hanoverian.Chestnut

 

(All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post) 

If you’re a horse lover like me, you probably love to watch horse shows and especially the Olympics, which features three competitions for horses. Of course, most of the shows I’ve seen have been from a FAR distance—I’m sitting on my sofa watching the horses perform on a television program.

One of those horses that you’ve most likely seen and didn’t know its name is the Hanoverian. So let’s take our T/F quiz and learn about this amazing breed:

  1.  The Hanoverian is a warmblood that originated in Spain.
  2. By the end of the 18th Century, this horse breed had become a high-class coach horse.
  3. After World War 2, Quarter Horses were used to refine the breed.
  4. This breed is an excellent jumper.
  5. Hanoverians can be any color.
  6. This breed is mostly between 16 and 16.2 hands high.
  7. One of the most famous Hanoverians is an 1992 Olympic gold winner jumper named Top Gun.
  8. The Hanoverian brand is always placed on the right hindquarter of foals accepted into the Hanoverian Society breed’s registry.
  9. The American Hanoverian Society was started in 1958 to help preserve the breed.
  10. Hanoverian horses have gaits for even showing in dressage.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

Hanoverian.Jumper

 

  1. F  The Hanoverian is a warmblood that originated in Germany.
  2. T
  3. F  Thoroughbreds were used to refine the breed.
  4. T
  5. F  They’re usually solid browns or blacks with little white. Buckskins, palominos, and cremellos are not allowed to be registered.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. F  The AHS was started in 1978.
  10. T

Now, tell me if you knew much about gorgeous breed of horse.  I sure didn’t, so I’m glad I chose this spectular horse to feature today!

To learn more about this very versatile horse, visit:

http://stabledays.typepad.com/stable_days/2008/12/five-fun-facts-of-my-favorite-horse-breeds-hanoverian.html

http://hanoverian.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoverian_horse

 

Happy riding!

Marsha

www.marshahubler.com

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