11 Nov 2010

Arenberg-Nordkirchener, Ardennes , Malakin, Aralusian, Araboulonnais , Arab-Haflinger and Arabo-Friesian

Arenberg-Nordkirchener

Intro

The Arenberg-Nordkirchener is dangerously close to extinction and are listed as critically endangered with their numbers in the teens.

Origins

These animals are a fairly recent breed (during the 20th century) and originally come from wild horses of Munster, Westphalia crossed with Lithuanian brood mares. the goal was to create a durable riding pony that was friendly, tough and able to cover long distances with a smooth stride.

Features

Average height 12.9 – 13.7 hands
Durable and healthy
Elastic ground covering gaits

Physique

Dry, expressive head
Sloping shoulder
Well shaped croup
Correct, clear foundation

Traditional Colors

black | chestnut | grey | bay | dun

Temperament

Friendly and able
Persistent and tenacious

Use

Riding pony

Ardennes

Ardennes Horse

Intro

The Ardennes type draft horse is one of the basic sources of the heavy draft breeds that exist today and they are a true cold-blooded breed.
Ardennes Horse

Origins

Descendant from the Solutrian horse that roamed during the Paleolithic period, the Ardennes has continued relatively unchanged since the last ice age.
These animals were shaped by the land and climate as well as the needs of war. Since the days of Julius Caesar they have been used as tireless cavalry mounts.
There are stud books for the Ardennes breed in many different countries in Europe and in the UK, although they all breed similar animals and accept each others bloodlines.

Features

Average height 15 – 16 hands
Hardy with a great deal of endurance
Very strong and able animals
Built thicker than any other draft animal

Physique

Head is heavy and broad with a straight or slightly convex profile
Ears are small and pointed
Body is broad, muscular and compact.
Legs are short and sturdy with strong joints
Feet are small for the animals size, but well made and strong
Feathered fetlocks

Traditional Colors

chestnut | grey | bay | roan | palomino
Black is very rare and not allowed to register

Temperament

Docile and kind
Calm and tolerant disposition
Ardennes Horse

Use

Draft show horse
Farm work

Malakin

Intro

Also called the Ardahan, the Malakin is the only heavy breed of horse in Turkey. All of the other equines are hotblooded & built for life in the desert.

Origins

This breed goes back almost 150 years and was brought to the eastern parts of Turkey by immigrant Turks from the Caucasus. The animals were a cross betweenArdennes, Percheron, ShireClydesdale, Orlov among others with native Russian horses. When they reached eastern Turkey the resulting crosses were then crossed with the Anadolu breed (and later more Ardennes to improve stock).

Features

Average height 13.3 – 14 hands

Physique

Head is elegant
Neck is short & muscular

Traditional Colors

black | grey | dun

Temperament

Friendly & willing

Use

Farm animal
Draft work
Transportation

Aralusian

Aralusian

Intro

Also called the Hispano-Arab, this is a relatively new breed achieved by crossing the high energy Arabians with the noble Andalusians in equal parts, creating a beautiful and intelligent cross.

Origins

These are two of the older and most acclaimed breeds on the planet, so their cross is a logical one. The resulting animal is beautiful with high action, notable athletic ability and fine confirmation. The Aralusian is animated and spirited with the strong Arabian motion and drive and the presence and determination of the Andalusian.

Physique

Due to the different bloodlines, there are not distinct physical characteristics.
Mane and tail are long and flowing in both breeds.

Traditional Colors

All colors

Temperament

Capable and able
Intelligent and alert

Use

Show horse
Pleasure horse

Helpful Links

Where To Buy

Video


Araboulonnais


Intro

The Araboulonnais is a relatively new French breed recently developed by crossingArabians to the large, robust Boulonnais.

Origins

The origin of the Araboulonnais began late in the 20th century because it was thought that the beauty and pep of the Arabian would blend wonderfully with the gentleness and soundness of the large Boulonnais.
The resulting cross was an animal that was more refined than the Boulonnais but much larger and heavier than the Arabian. They were created for riding and trekking and prove to be energetic and athletic mounts with a tendency to be resistant to disease.

Features

Average height 15.2 – 15.7 hands

Physique

This breed is new and still not clearly defined characteristically.

Traditional Colors

Generally grey

Temperament

Gentle and willing
Intelligent and tough

Use

Riding horse
Trekking horse
Agriculture work
Pleasure horse

Arab-Haflinger


Intro

Although this cross breed was met with some resistance, some Haflinger breeders thought that Arabian blood would refine the breed and increase their athletic ability.

Origins

The first three generations were approached with the goal of creating foals that better the original breed. The breeders were successful and the resulting crosses displayed a definite refinement of the breed and an increase in their ability.
After many years of cross-breeding, the physical characteristics of the Haflinger breed persist, but have been slightly refined into a more elegant mount. The result is a small riding horse with rectangular shape and Arabian features.

Features

Average height 13.5 – 14.5 hands
Correct, strong foundation

Physique

Short head with concave profile
Large, alert eyes
Well-mounted neck
Deep, oblique shoulder
Long back with slopes croup
Slim legs with large joints

Traditional Colors

Temperament

Approachable and kind
Easy to handle with a balanced temperament
Makes a great children’s mount

Use

Pleasure horse
Show horse

Arabo-Friesian

Arabo-Friesian

Intro

The Arabian blood was first added to the Friesian breed during Spanish invasion of the Netherlands during the late 16th and early 17th century.

Origins

Local Friesian farmers were forced to use Spanish stallions who carried Arabian blood. The resulting cross was an incredibly athletic animal that is found in the ancestry of the Orlov Trotter and the Morgan.
Later, during the 1960′s breeders attempted to further enhance the Friesian bloodlines by adding more Arabian blood to selected Friesian mares. Their goal was to enhance strength, endurance and lung & heart volume while retaining the physical characteristics of the Friesian.

Features

Smooth gaits
Incredibly tough with high endurance

Physique

Should retain most of the physical characteristics of the Friesian horse

Traditional Colors

Generally black

Temperament

Strong Friesian character, kind and true

Use

Show horse
Eventing horse
Pleasure horse
Carriage horse

Helpful Links

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Horse Association North America

Where To Buy

Breed Studs

Video



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