Lewitzer – colorful and people-oriented leisure partners
Noble head, great check and a character that really shows strength. The little Lewitz pony proves more than ever that even a small horse can be relied upon. As beautifully diverse as their appearance is, the historical background of the breeding process is also interesting.
The still very young breed is now enjoying increasing popularity again. No wonder. The little ones have all-round desirable advantages. But enough rambling - now the cards are revealed. After all, everyone should know about the beautiful pony. I'm sure you'll be just as excited about the colorful horses as we are.
History of the Lewitz Ponies
The origin of the Lewitzer lies in Mecklemburg-Western Pomerania in Germany. From 1971 onwards, specialized breeding of piebalds began at the "Lewitz" stud farm (near Neustadt/Glewe). At that time, the basic breeding principle was tobiano-piebald small horses from the Teterow area. These corresponded to the basic horse types B2 and B3 in the former GDR.
The descendants of the stallion “Salto B 385” and the mare “Resi” are given as the founders of the breed. These were “Satan I” and “Satan II”. As with many other horse breeds, Arabians, English Thoroughbreds and even Trakehners were crossed into the mix.
Selected pony breeds for mating also play a role. This is why breeding books often refer to “Lewitzers of the Pinto type”. So nothing other than a pairing of Lewitzers with the latter and the result: piebald.
The quite successful breeding of the ponies sometimes had an influence on the region of the stud farm. They actually gave names to places, a lake and other institutions. A stud book has been kept since 1976 and was handled more strictly from 2005 onwards.
Similar to the English Welsh ponies, there were different categories that differed in size and appearance. Today the German Pony Breeding Association or the German Pinto Central Register register the Lewitzers.
External appearance of the little beauties
The stick size is approx. 130cm - approx. 148cm. The size varies depending on the breeding area. That's why the beautiful pony sometimes appears stronger or more elegant. In any case, influences from thoroughbreds are clearly visible.
The dry head, large eyes, a broad forehead, appropriately long ears and a straight to concave nose line indicate this noble degree of relatives.
The ganache freedom is well measured and this ensures great riding characteristics. The medium-length, well-shaped neck is not set too high.
The transition to the pronounced withers is, like all proportions, very harmonious. The shoulder muscles are well developed with sufficient shoulder freedom. An appropriate chest depth completes the whole thing.
The harmonious impression sometimes comes from the closed metacarpals and the solidly muscled croup. The Arabic influence is also noticeable on the legs. Dry joints, beautifully shaped hooves and an exemplary position of the limbs ensure great gait and a lot of balance under the saddle. There is a clear hindquarter thrust, which is particularly noticeable when jumping.
The Lewitzer's coat color is of course typical.
The Tobiano check (plate check) is already a clear breeding goal. This can be less pronounced (almost monochromatic) or even brown, black, or chestnut piebalds with large, white spots.
A subdivision was therefore made. Department A is exclusively Tobiano piebalds in all basic colors (exception: gray). Division B groups together all other colors except the piebald ones.
His inner values and suitability
This pony doesn't just shine on the outside. The little one's personality is truly adorable. Almost without exception, every piebald has their heart in the right place. The Lewitzer pony is therefore a great children's pony. The stylish pinto can score points in the lead reins class and in riding lessons. But teenagers or light adults also get their money's worth with the small horse, because it is extremely versatile.
An intrepid, reliable horse in the field, not to be despised when jumping or in dressage despite its size, reliable in the carriage and invaluable as a friend anyway. An exceptional leisure pony with fantastic added value that can give even inexperienced riders an absolutely safe feeling. Her calm, level-headed temperament and people-oriented nature are definitely worth their weight in gold.
As with all horse breeds, solid training is the be-all and end-all.
Whether as a leisure pony, as a small bow collector or as a reliable, well-behaved children's pony - a good start counts in life and ultimately forms a solid foundation for everything else.
In fact, the life expectancy of the Lewitzer can be high. Old age is not uncommon for this pony. Ideal for a wonderful horse-human partnership. A life by your side. Who wouldn't want that?
The pretty little Lewitzers should be allowed to lead a social life in the herd despite their athletic abilities. A lot of free movement in the spacious open stable is desirable, because the piebalds, like many other small horse breeds, tend to get fat quickly.
In order to avoid nutrition-related illnesses, you should pay careful attention to their feeding.
Their eagerness to learn and their people-oriented nature want to be satisfied. Ideal if you are involved with your family and receive varied training. This benefits the mind and body.
You think these are the basic needs of all horses? Right, well recognized! Whether pony or large horse - everyone deserves to have their needs met. This is the only way our four-legged partners will stay healthy and the bond between humans and animals will be much stronger. Then you will undoubtedly have luck to touch. Isn't that nice?
Animalons brush recommendation for the colorful Lewitzer:
We recommend our Care Flex curry comb for daily care for small people-oriented ponies. The curry comb is a real “must-have” in your cleaning kit. The flexibility of the curry comb allows you to reach all areas effortlessly and you can even carefully remove mud and dirt from your legs.
As a little insider tip: Our Care Flex curry comb is also great for pre-treating hairy saddle pads or saddle pads. Simply brush them off briefly and the blankets can be put in the washing machine without any annoying hair - really practical.
Our Care Flex brush brush is the optimal addition to the harrow. Thanks to the robust bristles, dust and coarse dirt can be easily removed with the body brush.