There are many breeds of ponies, but this breed clearly stands out as a unique and ambitious all-rounder among all horse breeds. Indeed, not without reason. Many riding schools benefit from the small athlete. His size, his remarkable coolness and his inexhaustible will to work are only 3 of many advantages that make a German Riding Pony so interesting.
Are you curious? Find out more about the promising little ones here!
German Riding Pony - the origin
The German Riding Pony owes its origin to many crosses into our native ponies from English pony breeds (for example Welsh ponies), Arabians and other smaller thoroughbreds.
Today, in German riding pony breeding, cross-breeding is mostly done among each other. But quite a few still have Thoroughbreds or Welsh in their pedigree as ancestors.
Breeding start and breeding goal
From 1965 onwards, the whole thing got rolling. There was a great demand for small, sporty horses for children and youngsters. The aim was to breed a horse that would give youngsters the best possible start in riding and competition. In the end, this is exactly what made our German Riding Pony so popular. The beginnings of German breeding were in Westphalia, the Weser-Ems area and a little later in the Rhineland.
The breeding goal was to use the pony as a children's pony. On the one hand, the size (pony measurement according to registration from 1.38 cm to 1.48 cm) of the horse was decisive. After all, the young athletes should be able to handle the animal well.
In addition, a German Riding Pony should be close to the warmblood standard. It had to be physically harmonious and have clear, expressive gaits with a pronounced lightness of foot.
However, the pony traits should not be lost and attention was also paid to the positive character traits. Basically, the desired goal was more than exceeded. One of the most exclusive ponies of our country was raised. A beautiful, reliable partner and sport athlete for children, youngsters and smaller adults. Hurray for riding pony breeding!
Physique and external appearance
This pony is more than chic. His body shapes are harmonious throughout and his size is absolutely harmonious.
A noble head with expressive eyes, small ears and large nostrils is placed on a beautifully curved neck with sufficient freedom of the gaits. A sloping shoulder, prominent withers, sufficient depth of chest and a well muscled back form a beautiful overall picture along with the equally muscular croup. Fore and hind limbs are correctly built/angulated and strong hooves of medium size form a solid base.
The long coat is different from other pony breeds. Here again the warmblood/thoroughbred comes through. Mane and tail are indeed rather elegantly silky like a large horse. And as far as colour markings are concerned, the world is open to the DRP. The majority, however, are black, bay, chestnut and grey. Markings such as four white pasterns and/or a blaze are welcome.
This little horse is a beaming man. Not only on the outside. His character traits also prove strength. The pretty little ones score with a balanced, calm temperament. Their enthusiasm is almost boundless and thanks to their reliability and sociability they are ideally suited for the higher equestrian sport. They are hard-working to the highest degree.
In any case, a partner who wants to please and do everything right. These are exactly the aspects that make this pony an excellent child pony. This sweet Hotti combines the best traits of several horse breeds that have shaped his pedigree.
You've probably already read it out, haven't you? That's right, these little guys are interesting for all kinds of equestrian sports.
Equipped with immense fighting spirit, they are the ideal competition companions. Whether dressage, jumping, eventing, driving etc... - all fields can be conquered with a German Riding Pony. Children and youngsters benefit from them. Getting started in equestrian sport couldn't be easier with these ambitious horses in miniature.
Of course, you don't have to be a show rider to qualify for these ponies. It will enjoy cross-country rides, composure tests, trails as well as all the rest of the leisure time with you just as much. So there are hardly any limits for you with these presentable all-rounders. And: they are super intelligent. The best prerequisites for circle work, for example.
Here is the rule: Pay attention to the feeding! Like all small horse breeds, the German Riding Pony is a good forager. The amount of feed should therefore always be adapted to the horse's performance. In addition, too long grazing or too much grass can harm the little ones (laminitis, EMS...).
Of course, German Riding Ponies, like all horses, love to be with other horses. Keeping them in open stables is therefore very suitable. Thanks to the breeding of riding ponies, they have been given a lot of robustness anyway. They can have a wonderfully dense, protective winter coat. Just a cuddly child pony. What more could you want?
A German Riding Pony is the family pony par excellence. Mum rides dressage - no problem. One child goes to a lead rein class or riding competition - no problem. The other child just wants to cuddle and love - no problem. Dad is interested in riding - no problem.
This pony has a clear added value to offer and convinces with its ability and lovely nature. If you are looking for an uncomplicated family member with a strong character, a German Riding Pony will certainly be a hit with you.