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Holstein Horses Information:

The Holstein is said to be the oldest of the warm blooded breeds and are traced way back to the 13th century.

This horse originates from the Schleswig region of northern Germany and is great to be used as riding horses for leisure and for trail riding. They were initially used in agriculture and as coach horses. The Holstein horse is of two types: the classic type and the modern type where the classic type is heavy set and big boned, where as the modern variety are relatively light and refined.

However, both these types possess natural balance and elasticity along with displaying a significant level of suspension in movements. This horse is mostly bred for performance and even though it is not very large in population, is a dominant force in performing activities such as show jumping, dressage, combined driving, show hunters and eventing. The asset of the Holstein lies in its capacity to jump where even an average Holstein normally exhibits great power and scope with the right technique.

The horse is elegant and well muscled that has a graceful arching neck and a short flexible top line which enables it to adapt easily to self carriage, an expressive quality that is very essential in equestrian sport. The average height of a Holstein is 16 to 17.1 hands high, has a large and deep body and usually comes in colors of black, bay, brown or dark bay. A Holstein’s diet generally consists of a blend of alfalfa and grass hay, regular grains and mineral supplements.  

Its nature is characterized by its willingness, dependability, adaptability, good nerves and intelligence because of which Holstein training becomes relatively easier. It is of a warm blooded temperament and is very relaxed. Since they can adapt quite easily and have a pleasant disposition they can get by quite well whether placed housed in a stall or in a pasture setting. They are however quite sociable and do like having access to the company of other horses. Holstein grooming is not that difficult as they are easy keepers. Holstein health is also important because tremendous amount of pressure is put on their legs as a result of the activities that they indulge in which increases a possibility of lameness due to tendon and suspension troubles. Therefore, proper Holstein care should be taken to avoid such issues. Make sure you do have all the Holstein information that is required before you house this animal as your pet.

  Submitted on February 22, 2010