Altmark Draft horse


The Altmark cold blood owes it to the efforts of a few dedicated people that it still exists today. The Altmark cold blood was considered endangered in the meantime, so the preservation of this valuable breed still has top priority today. The good-natured and reliable draft horse convinces as a particularly pleasant workhorse. It proves to be reliable in agriculture and forestry as well as in front of the carriage or under the saddle. 


Important data on the Altmark draft horse at a glance


     §  Origin: Germany

     §  Main breeding area: Germany

     §  Distribution: Germany

     §  Height: 158-165 cm

     §  Weight: 650 to 750 kg

     §  Appearance: Medium height, expressive head, muscular build.

     §  Colors: bay, black, fox, bay, black, and chestnut gray

     §  The main area of ​​use: carriage and workhorse

Origin/origin of the horse breed (breeding history)


The Altmark cold blood finds its origin in the 19th century. It originated from a cross between the horse breeds PercheronShire Horse, and the Belgian. In 1888 the Royal State Stud Cross was established, which played a significant role in the breeding of the popular draft horse breed. Unfortunately, the state stud was dissolved again in 1960. Also, the breeder Werner Thiele(Ringfurth a. Elbe) was a great lover of the Altmark draft horse. He relied on the Belgian basis for his breeding and founded the Mahlwinkel stallion owners' cooperative. In the GDR, the breed was considered to be particularly widespread and popular because it was excellent for work. Unfortunately, with the fall of the Wall, breeding was also reduced, since motorization became more and more important and cold blood was hardly used anymore.


In 2000, the project "Gene reserve Altmärk draft horse" was founded because the breed was considered endangered. Two working mares were the starting point for today's breeding. These were so ill that the municipality no longer wanted to pay the veterinary costs (at that time the mares were used for carriage rides with tourists). Terra Mater (environmental and animal welfare) bought these two mares from the community, thus saving their lives and laying the foundation for today's breeding with these mares and one of the last German-Belgian bloodline stallions "Markgraf".


To keep the horses going, the stallions and foals are only sold to enthusiasts or breeders who ensure that this breed continues to exist.


Description of the exterior


The Altmark Coldblood is a medium-sized horse. The horses' heads are expressive, their profile straight. The cold-blooded horse's neck is well set, particularly strong, and sits on sloping shoulders. The chest is deep, the flank long. Dry legs with hard hooves round off the appearance. The dense and slightly wavy tail is set high.

Even with only a little training, this horse appears to be all muscle.

Description of the interior

Cold blood horse breeds such as the Altmark cold blood convince with a calm character and a good-natured nature. The draft horses are generally considered to be very reliable. In addition, this breed has a particularly robust core. They are considered to be versatile, tough and are typical workhorses that don't shy away from heavy work.


Special features and areas of application of the Altmark draft horses

Draft horses from Saxony-Anhalt, where the Altmark draft horse originated, among other things, can be recognized by their branding. This consists of a wagon wheel with a crown above it.


Unfortunately, a special feature of this breed is the small population. Although the breed is no longer considered endangered, it still has a manageable population and is grateful for any kind of support.

Coldblood horse breeds as the Altmark coldblood impress with thier calm character and good-natured nature


You should pay attention to this if you want to buy an Altmark draft horse


species-appropriate attitude is one of the most important prerequisites for the purchase of this horse. Breeders who want to preserve this valuable breed attach particular importance to this. You should also think about the use in advance. This breed is suitable for riding and convinces with a good walk and a reasonable trot. 

However, sporting success should not be the priority and these gentle giants are also less suitable for children due to their mass. Passionate carriage drivers, on the other hand, will have a lot of fun with the Altmark cold blood. 




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