Hanoverian Horses: The Ultimate Champion Horses
There are many sport type horses to choose from. A Hanoverian horse however is probably your best choice. This is one of the breeds that has often met with success in competitions. Its fitness as a sports horse can be attributed to its breeding history. This is even if they were not intended as sports horses at the onset.
The Horse of Hanover
It is pretty obvious where Hanoverian horses come from. They were originally bred in Hanover which is now Northern Germany. The modern Hanoverian developed more as a product of deliberate human effort rather than natural history. It is possible though that the Hanoverian breed has traces of ancient blood that can be traced through its founding breeds.
The breeding efforts for the Hanoverian began in 1735. The Elector of Hanover who was then the King of England commissioned the breeding of horses in Celle. At the beginning, Holsteins and then Thoroughbreds were used to produce ideal horses for carriage pulling and for farm work. This was the beginning of the Hanoverian line. Through the years, other horse breeds came to influence the Hanoverian bloodline. Other influences introduced included Trakehner, Andalusian, Cleveland Bays and Neopolitan. Although actual breeding began early, the stud book for this breed came only in the late 1800s. In any case, these horses were already prime choices as elegant carriage horses long before their stud book became known.
As with all other horse breeds, historical events played roles in shaping the modern Hanoverian breed. Changes in the history and the needs of man resulted in changes in the traits of Hanoverian horses. In the late 1800s there was a need for sturdy but light Hanoverian horse that could be used for carriages and as war mounts. In the early 1900s however, the need changed to slightly heavier Hanoverians to be used in farms. With the dawn of mechanized farming however, agricultural Hanoverian horses were no longer a necessity. It was then that the need shifted again to the breeding of sports and leisure horses.
Just like other horse breeds, the Hanoverian breed also came close to becoming rare. This was the case during the war that affected Europe in the early 1800s. Today however, there is no indication that the Hanoverian will disappear anytime soon. They are among the most celebrated horse breeds because of their athletic abilities. More than anything else, the modern Hanoverian is bred specifically for sports competitions.
Hanoverian Horse Beauty
Hanoverians are what might correctly be considered horse athletes. As such, their body structures closely conform to athletic standards. At a maximum of 16.2 hands, a Hanoverian horse should have a lean but muscular body; long, powerful legs and a refined overall profile. They usually come in bay, chestnut or black. They should preferably have elastic gaits and floating trots. Moreover, as sports horses that are required to deliver exact movements, they need to have willing and composed temperaments. Breeders have so far been excellent in developing this ideal sports horse. Hanoverian horses have won several world and Olympic medals in equestrian competitions. Hanoverian horses are excellent in dressage, eventing and jumping.