Oldenburg (German)

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The Oldenburg is the heaviest German warmblood breed. It was founded in the 17th century and was developed from the heavy Friesian horse as strong cart horse. Initially Spanish and Arabian blood was crossed in, and in the 19th century the breed was stabilised using Thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay, Anglo-Normandy and Hanoverian stallions. As the demand for cart horses decreased in the first half of this century, the breed changed over to a modern, powerful riding and sport horse by adding more Thoroughbred blood.