Species group: Sport horses
The Trakehner was developed in the early 1700’s in East Prussia at the main stud farm in Trakehnen, hence the name. In the beginning, the breed was a stocky, strong native animal and was developed further in the early 1800’s when Thoroughbred and Arabian blood was introduced to the breed. The goal was to breed a better endurance horse which would be a valued riding horse for leisure and sport activities, a working horse on East Prussian farms, and a noble warhorse.
All over the world today Trakehner horses continue to excel in most disciplines of equine competition, although since World War II, when they were driven from their East Prussian homeland, the primary breeding area has been West Germany. The breed was first introduced into North America in significant numbers only in the late 1950s, being imported first into Canada and then later into the United States.
Appearance / health:
Today the Trakehner is characterized by great substance and bone, yet displays surprising refinement. It is a superb performance horse with natural elegance and balance. It excels in dressage because of its elegant way of moving - the light, springy, “floating trot,” and soft, balanced canter, made possible by a deep sloping shoulder and a correct, moderately long back and pasterns. With its characteristic, powerful hindquarters and strong joints and muscles, the breed also produces outstanding jumpers.
Behavior / temperament:
The Trakehner is keen, alert, intelligent and accepting.
powerful hindquarters, elegant way, balanced canter, trusting horse, outstanding jumpers, sweet mind
Isaiah was my dream horse. I owned him since he was a yearling. I gelded him and raised him for 2 years before I began training him under saddle. His large size dictated that he grow before working under saddle or on a lounge line. Isaiah grew to 17.2 hands (a hand is 4 inches) and weighed 2600 pounds - a very big boy. It took me a year to become accustomed to riding on his back due to his size. One day, early in our training, Isaiah was trotting along nicely. All we had done to this point was walk and trot. Suddenly, he rolled into a gentle canter. It was lovely beyond words, but as he tucked his back legs up under him, he rolled his back and he rolled me right out of that saddle. PLOP! I landed on the ground next to him. He stopped, looked down at me, and appeared puzzled as if to say, "Mom, what are you doing down there?" I laughed, brushed myself off, and climbed back on Isaiah. We continued our training and riding for many years. .
From T Lee Feb 11 2019 7:06PM
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From EmLVT 247 days ago
Lunging helps retrain forward motion without fewer risks.
Horses rear for a number of reasons, but it is always a backward motion. It is incredibly dangerous, and you need to retrain him to go forward as quickly as you can. Lunging offers a safer method of retraining him. You can remind your horse to move forward without the risk of him going up and flipping on you. I recommend giving lunging a try if your horse has picked up this habit..
From Monnie Gilder 447 days ago