Noble head, great spotting and a character that really shows strength. The small Lewitzer pony proves more than ever that even a small horse can be relied upon. As beautifully varied as their appearance is, as interesting are also the historical backgrounds of the breeding events.
The still very young breed is enjoying increasing popularity again. No wonder. The little ones have desirable advantages all around. But enough rambling - now the cards are revealed. After all, everyone should know about the beautiful pony. Surely you will be as enthusiastic as we are about the colourful little horses.
History of the Lewitzer Ponies
The Lewitzer originates from Mecklemburg-Vorpommern in Germany. From 1971 onwards, specialised breeding of the pinto pony began at the "Lewitz" stud farm (near Neustadt/Glewe). The breeding basis at that time were tobiano-pied small horses from the Teterow area. They corresponded to the basic horse type B2 and B3 in the former GDR.
The descendants of the stallion "Salto B 385" and the mare "Resi" are said to be the founders of the breed. These were "Satan I" and "Satan II". As with many other horse breeds, Arabian, English Thoroughbred and even Trakehner were crossed with them.
Selected pony breeds for mating also played a role. That is why breeding books often speak of "Lewitzers of the Pinto type". So nothing else than a mating of Lewitzers with the latter and the result: pinto.
The quite successful breeding of the ponies sometimes had an influence on the region of the stud. They actually gave names to places, a lake and other institutions. Since 1976, a stud book was kept, which was then 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 Breeders' Association or the German Pinto Central Register register the Lewitzer.
Appearance of the little beauties
The stature ranges from approx. 130 cm - approx. 148 cm. The size varies depending on the breed. Therefore, the beautiful pony is sometimes stronger or sometimes more elegant. In any case, influences of thoroughbreds are easily recognisable.
The dry head, large eyes, a broad forehead, suitably long ears as well as a straight to concave nose line point to this noble relationship.
The freedom of the cheeks is well measured and great riding qualities are thus ensured. 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 muscling shows well with sufficient shoulder freedom. An adequate depth of chest rounds off the whole.
The harmonious impression is partly due to the closed middle hand and the solidly muscled croup. The Arabian influence is also noticeable in the legs. Dry joints, nicely formed hooves and an exemplary position of the limbs guarantee a great gait and a lot of balance under the saddle. There is a clear hindquarters thrust, which is especially noticeable in jumping.
The coat colour of the Lewitzer is of course typical.
The Tobiano markings (plate markings) are a clear breeding goal. This can be less pronounced (almost solid) up to brown, black, chestnut piebald with large white patches.
Therefore a subdivision has been made. Division A is exclusively Tobiano pinto in all basic colours (exception: grey). Division B groups all other colours together, except the pied.
His inner values and suitability
This pony does not only shine on the outside. The temperament of the little ones is truly enchanting. Almost without exception, every pinto has its heart in the right place. The Lewitzer pony is therefore a super children's pony. In the lead rein class as well as in riding lessons, the chic pinto can score points. But also teenagers or light adults get their money's worth with this small horse, because it is enormously versatile.
It is a fearless and reliable horse in cross-country, not to be sneezed at in jumping or dressage despite its size, reliable in front of a carriage and priceless as a friend anyway. An exceptional leisure pony with fantastic added value that can give even inexperienced riders an absolutely secure 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 little ribbon collector or as a reliable, well-behaved child pony - a good start counts in life and ultimately forms the solid foundation for everything else.
In fact, the life expectancy of the Lewitzer can be high. A high age is not uncommon with this pony. Ideal for a wonderful horse-human partnership. A lifetime at your side. Who wouldn't want that?
Despite their athletic abilities, the pretty little Lewitzer should be allowed to lead a social life in a herd. A lot of free movement in a spacious open stable is desirable, because the pinto, like many other small horse breeds, tends to get fat quickly.
In order to avoid nutritional diseases, controlled attention should be paid to their feeding.
Their eagerness to learn and their affection for people want to be satisfied. It is ideal if they are included in the family and receive varied training. This promotes mind and body.
You think these are the basic needs of all horses? That's right, well spotted! Whether pony or large horse - they all deserve to have their needs met. Only in this way will our four-legged partners remain healthy and the bond between human and animal will be a much stronger one. Then you will undoubtedly have happiness at your fingertips. Isn't that beautiful?
Animalon's brush recommendation for the colorful Lewitz:
For the daily care of the small human-oriented ponies we recommend our Care Flex currycomb. The currycomb is a real "must-have" in your grooming bag.Thanks to the flexibility of the brush, you can easily reach all areas and even carefully remove mud and dirt from the legs.
Our Care Flex card brush is the optimal addition to the currycomb.The robust bristles make it easy to remove dust and coarse dirt with the brush.