Description of the Hanoverian horses

The Hanoverian is probably one of the internationally best known and numerically one of the strongest of all warmbloods. In addition, the Hanoverian is one of the most successful breeds in dressage jumping and eventing This has been analyzed and documented by the WBFSH (World Breeding Association for Sport Horses) for decades.


The horses of this breed have a very pronounced musculature. In addition, these horses have exceptionally strong legs. These animals can be very different in type, but as a rule they have a rectangular physique with clear contours. Due to crossing other breeds, these horses have a noble, dry head and a neck with strong muscles . Furthermore, this Warmblood is characterized by a friendly look with open and attentive eyes. In the course of controlled breeding , a height at the withers of 165 cm is aimed for. The Hanoverians are mainly found as gray horses black horses , brown horses or foxesbefore. The long hair of the animals is well developed, with these horses carrying the tail straight.


This breed is known for its good-natured and extremely sociable character . In addition, the irrepressible nerves of steel and the great willingness to learn have brought many horses of this breed remarkable success in equestrian sports. In addition, the Hanoverians are very intelligent and willing animalsNevertheless, one must not ignore the sensitive side of horses and must respond to the needs of warm-blooded horses. The former use as a military workhorse has shaped her calm, fearless and attentive as well as courageous temperament to this day. The horses are particularly popular because of their balanced nature and their completely uncomplicated nature.

Breeding history of the Hanoverian horse

The most important step for Hanoverian breeding dates back centuries. In 1735 the State Stud was founded in Celle, Lower Saxony , which had the greatest impact on the origin of this breed. A strict control of the breeding sequence of the Hanoverian horses was started in the stud farm. Initially, 13 Holsteiners were born to mares from local farmersstallions crossed. The Lower Saxon farmers recognized the advantages of these horses long before that. They raised the animals to use the horses as reliable work animals in agriculture. During the war, the Hanoverians were also used in military service. In the early 19th century, it was primarily English thoroughbred stallions that were crossed with Hanoverian mares to give the breed more nobility, drive and robustness.

Use of the Hanoverian

Especially in the field of equestrian sports, this breed has often shown its positive disposition. Since her talent for show jumping and dressage was recognized early on, special attention was paid to this in breeding. In this regard, preference is given to horses that are willing to perform and yet balanced , that demonstrate excellent rideability and harmonious movement sequences . This breed can now be found in various areas of equestrian sports. These horses are primarily used in the disciplines of dressage, jumping and eventingre presentHis remarkable talent is shown in particular by the numerical appearance of this breed in equestrian sport. But the Hanoverian is also becoming increasingly popular as an ideal leisure companion, especially for beginners In addition, the Warmblood can also be found more and more often as a driving horse in front of carriages.

Peculiarities of horses

The history of the Hanoverian Association, which is still active today, began with the founding of the stud book for this breed in 1888 . In Verden/Aller, this organization has been arranging various auctions several times a year since 1949, enabling breeders to present their Hanoverian horses to an interested public. The warmbloods from Lower Saxony are characterized above all by their pronounced jumping ability and lead the animals to international successes again and again in Olympic disciplines and world championships. So they became the most important breed, especially in the field of show jumping. Today, the Hanoverian can be found all over the world, beyond the German border.

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