10 Nov 2010

Auxois, Autre Que Pur Sang and Austrian Warmblood


Auxois

Auxois Horse

Intro

Closely related to the Ardennes horse and since the start of the 20th century have been bred specifically for their immense size.
Auxois Horse

Origins

The Auxois owes some of their bloodlines to the Ardennais and the two breeds are very similar in size & shape. In addition to Ardennais blood the Auxois lines contain a cross between Bourguingnon type, Percheron and Boulonnais blood.
Like many draft breeds, the Auxois was used for transportation and industry until mechanization rendered their work obsolete.
Their numbers are dangerously low today.

Features

Average height 15.2 – 16.2 hands
Strong with great endurance

Physique

Head is short with a wide forehead and small ears
Neck is muscular and well-set
Body is massive with wide chest and a short back
Limbs are hardy and slender for their size with little feather

Traditional Colors

chestnut | bay | roan

Temperament

Calm and gentle
Auxois Horse

Use

Agriculture
Meat

Video



Autre Que Pur Sang


Intro

the Autre Que Pur Sang loosely translates to Other-Than Pure Blood and is a classification used for race horses in France that are not of pure English Thoroughbred lineage.

Origins

The AQPS is an exclusive category of racing, horses must have 75% English Thoroughbred and (if I’m reading the translation correctly) less than 5% Arab blood to participate. The rest of the bloodlines can be a mix of regional local saddle horses.
These animals are run both on flat tracks and in steeplechase races. This mix is not as swift as the English Thoroughbred, although prove to be sturdier and to possess more endurance. They often excel in obstacle races and longer distances against an open field.
This classification does not exist for hunter, jumpers or eventing, it is limited to the race track.

Use

Race horses

Austrian Warmblood


Austrian Warmblood6

Intro

The Austrian Warmblood comes from Austria in an area that has long been known for creating find horseflesh (including the Kladruber & the Lipizzaner).

Origins

The foundation of the breed are the NoniusFuriosoArabian which created the native mare base in Austria (the Old Austria horse breeds) which were then crossed with Thoroughbred & more Arabian blood to further refine the breed in the mid 19th century.
Like many breeds of the area the end of the second World War & the rise of mechanization decimated their numbers. In 1964 an association was founded for breeding warmbloods in Austria in an attempt to retain & promote this breed.

Features

Average height 15.2 – 16.2 hands

Traditional Colors

chestnut | grey | bay | black

Use

Riding horse
Sport horse
Show horse

Video


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