Description of Groningen Horse The Groningen Horse resembles Gelderlander breed, but it is heavier and larger. A Groningen's neck is short and the head is heavy with a pronouncedly convex profile. The ears are quite long. Its body is powerful and deep with broad chest, strong shoulders and hindquarters. The tail is set on high and carried well. Legs are strong, short and clean. This is an attractive light draft/heavy saddle breed. They are strapping and have an incredible pull. The hooves are durable and tough. The breed is developed from the heavier Friesian crossed with East Friesian and Oldenburg horses. They are quick to mature, sound and long-lived.
The Groningen originated in the Netherlands during the late 1800's from Oldenburg horses bred to the local draft breeds. The breed almost was lost in the 1970's as most of the animals were absorbed into the Dutch Warmblood breed. At that time only a single purebred stallion remained. Oldenburg blood has been used to reduce the inbreeding during the reestablishment of the breed.
The kind nature of the Groningen horse makes it an excellent animal for all-round farm work and for riding. The calm nature and low-maintenance constitutions of the Groningen horse make it perfect horse for leisure.
Grooming or care
The upkeep of a Groningen horse is quite simple, seeing as they have such pleasant attitudes they make it a cinch to get past those training years. They are able to reside in many climates and are also rather resourceful, so in many ways they can survive on their own. In addition to that, they also have a bond with their owners and a loyalty with their family that is unlike most other animals.
Stands approximately 15.3 - 16.1 hh.
They are heavier than warmblood horses. They are described as "sober" with a tremendous work ethic. Groningen has a stylish action, suitable enough for a good carriage horse. It has a sound constitution and is able to work well on a meager diet. They are also referred to as being willing and reliable animals.
Groningen horse is well-accepted for its stable temperament. They bode an easy and laid back attitude, making it much less challenging to train them and see them transition into an adult horse. They are considered as calm and sweet.
Alt-Oldenburg/East Friesian, Silesian, East-German, and Holsteiner horses