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A Hungarian mix:
The 19th century was the Golden Age of horse-breeds development in Hungary, and it was during this time that the Leutstettener was developed. Its birthplace was Sarvar Stud, to which breeding stock was imported from another Hungarian stud called Mezohegyes Stud. This stock consisted of three well-known Hungarian breeds: the Nonius (see 'Nonius,') the Shagya Arabian (see 'Shagya Arabian,') and in later stages, the Furioso of both the Furioso and the North-Star lines (see 'Furioso.')
Indeed, crossing these three native Hungarian breeds created the Leutstettener, then known as 'Sarvar.' In addition, two mares, called Helena and Bogar, influenced greatly on the evolving breed.
However, these were the Furioso and Thoroughbred breeds, the latter added in the later stages, that played the largest role in the improvement of the Leutstettener by boosting its stamina. Leutstettener horses were bred on a regular basis, and were used primarily as coach and cavalry horses.
Escaping to Germany:
The Leutstettener did well until the end of World War II, when the invasion of the Russians to Hungary placed the stud and its breeding stock at risk. In order to protect the herds, Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, who himself lived in Sarvar, ordered the staff at the Stud to transfer the breeding stock to Leutstetten, in Bavaria, Germany. Upon its arrival to Leutstetten, the breed's name was changed from Sarvar to Leutstettener.
The Leutstettener today:
Over the years, the numbers of Leutstettener horses decreased, and the breed became extremely rare. In 2006, the stud at Leutstetten was closed, and all of the horses were sold to private breeders.
Today, the breed exists only in Hungary and Germany. It consists of just over two dozen horses, all of which can be traced back to Helena and Bogar. It is branded on its left thigh with an 'S' with a crown above it, and is primarily used for cross-country and driving.
The conformation of the Leutstettener is lean and athletic. The profile is straight, the neck is long and lean, the withers are prominent, the croup is sloped, the chest is prominent, the girth is lean, and the legs are long. The mane and tail are short or medium in length, and the legs are clear from feathering.
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Leutstetteners in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases,
Speed: 15.5-17.0, 16.3 (0.3), 0.06.
Sprint: 36-49, 43 (3), 0.6.
Accel: 0.72-0.94, 0.82 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 0.73-0.88, 0.80 (0.03), 0.01.
Jump: 5.19-5.43, 5.33 (0.05), 0.01.
Pull: 1.52-2.19, 1.89 (0.13), 0.03.
Turning: 38.30-49.76, 43.86 (2.85), 0.56.
Reverse: 2.1-2.6, 2.3 (0.1), 0.02.
Stamina: 44.10-49.13, 47.02 (0.92), 0.18.
Reaction: 0.79-0.89, 0.84 (0.02), 0.00.
Coats & Height:
Colors: Mainly dark bay (termed 'brown' in Horse Isle,) with black and seal-brown being less common.
No chestnuts or greys? Chestnut and grey Leutstetteners accidentally crop from time to time, but are not desired, and are therefore not found in Horse Isle.
Additionals: Sooty is extremely common. White markings are rare, and are restricted to a stripe on the face and small markings on the legs.
Height: 15.1hh to 16.2hh
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