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In the 16th century, Johann XVI, the Count of Oldenburg, crossed his Friesian horse with Andalusians, Danish horses, Turkish horses, and Neopolitan horses, in an attempt to turn them into better war horses. His successor, Anton Gunther, crossed these new horses with a variety of European stallions, and turned them into carriage and riding horses, who are heavy yet elegant, and who excel in dressage.
Over the next centuries, the demand for strong farm horses outgrew the demand for elegant dressage horses, and Oldenburg horses were bred for their strength. Slowly, the breed became heavier, but maintained the shape and agility required for it to serve as a carriage horse. This newer, stronger type of the Oldenburg is known today as "alt-Oldenburg".
The alt-Oldenburg vs. the modern Oldenburg:
In today's standards, alt-Oldenburgs are heavier and less athletic than modern Oldenburgs, which in themselves were created by crossing alt-Oldenburgs with lighter and more athletic breeds, namely the Thoroughbred. As such, alt-Oldenburgs are rarer than modern Oldenburgs.
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered alt-Oldenburgs in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases,
Speed: 16.3-17.4, 16.8 (0.2), 0.04.
Sprint: 50-63, 57 (2), 0.48.
Accel: 0.90-1.09, 0.99 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 1.03-1.18, 1.10 (0.03), 0.01.
Jump: 5.32-5.52, 5.43 (0.05), 0.01.
Pull: 2.78-3.50, 3.12 (0.15), 0.03.
Turning: 55.36-66.62, 60.61 (2.58), 0.5.
Reverse: 2.6-3.2, 2.9 (0.1), 0.02.
Stamina: 48.65-53.32, 50.74 (1.08), 0.21.
Reaction: 0.76-0.85, 0.80 (0.02), 0.00.
Coats & Height:
Because alt-Oldenburgs weren't influenced by Thoroughbreds or other sport breeds, their color palette is smaller than that of the modern Oldenburg.
Colors: bay, black, brown, chestnut, and grey.
Additionals: flaxen, rabicano, sooty, tobiano, dark mane & tail.
Height: 16.1hh to 17.1hh.
(For more information, see the 'Oldenburg'.)
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