9 Most Popular German Horse Breeds

There are many horse breeds in Germany some of which are very popular all over the world. In this post, we are going to list some of the most common ones. These are well-established breeds in Germany. Take a look.

Black Forest Horse

Black Forest Horse

The Black Forest Horse, also known as Schwarzwälder Kaltblut in Germany, is a light draft horse used for work in farming and agriculture. They are very strong, patient and gentle. You can rarely find this breed these days. 

Height: 14.2  – 15.3 hands

Weight: 1250 – 1400 pounds

Zweibrucker

Zweibrucker

Zweibruckers are heavy horses bred in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. They are warmblooded and therefore they are elegant and versatile. Most of them are found in bay, chestnut, gray and black colors.

Height: 15.3 – 16.3 hands

Weight: 1250 – 1400 pounds

Trakehner

Trakehner

The Trakehner is athletic and bears resemblance to the Thoroughbred horse. It is famous as a dressage horse and you can find them active in other disciplines too. 

Height: 15.3 – 17 hands

Weight: 1000 – 1200 pounds

Senner

Senner

This is one of Germany’s oldest breed of riding horses in the country. They are now considered to be endangered. The history of this breed is a mystery. You can find these horses in colors of bay, grey, black and chestnut.

Height: 16 – 16.2 hands

Weight: 1000 – 1200 pounds

Rhenish German Coldblood

This heavy draught horse had its origin in the 19th century. It is from the Rhineland area of West Germany. It has huge, strong, muscular limbs as it is mostly used for agriculture and forestry. Some are even used as sports horses.

Height: 16 – 16.2 hands

Weight: 1860 to 2200 pounds

Holsteiner

Holsteiner

This interestingly named horse is one of the oldest warmblood horse breeds. It is believed to have been bred for over 7 centuries. It is big and athletic and therefore it was used for war and for pulling heavy loads and other physical tasks.

Height: 16 – 17 hands

Weight: 1350 to 1500 pounds

Hanoverian

Hanoverian

This breed is often seen in the Olympic Games. Throughout the 18th century, it was used as a high-class coach horse. In the present times, it is used for showjumping, eventing, and other athletic sports. 

Height: 16 –  16.2 hands

Weight: 1350 to 1400 pounds

Dulmen Pony

Dulmen Pony

This is believed to be only native pony breed in Germany. Its roots can be traced back to the 14th century when the earliest breeds roamed around in the Merfelder Bruch. They are adaptable for domestication and they can be used as children’s ponies.

Height: 12 –  13 hands

Weight: Unknown

Aegidienberger

Aegidienberger

This is a small gaited pony which is a cross between the Icelandic horse and the Peruvian Paso. They are very short and suitable for riding by kids and young adults. There are very few of these horses today.

Height: 13 – 15 hands

Weight: Unknown

Those were some of the most popular German horse breeds you can find today. With the increasing number of breeds, we will keep updating this post from time to time.