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post #1 of 3 Old 05-11-2009, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Dutch Harness Horse?

Has anyone ever heard of this breed? They look like an arab meets saddlebred. I have never heard nor seen this breed before until recently. I was looking at a sale catelogue and found a few Dutch Harness x Standardbred horses. I even thought maybe "Dutch Harness" was the name of a stallion? Lmao

So I googled it and found this breed. Anyone have anything to say?

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Btw I might add I did a little bit of investigating but cant seem to figure out what breeds created this breed. Ive seen alot of arabians and hackney's mentioned but nothing directly.

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I don't know much anything about them either but I did a little research for curiosity sake. The pics on those links you posted are some gorgeous horses. I really love the look of them.

Breeds it originates from today:

"Today's Dutch Harness Horse may have a pedigree of many breeds, for they have steadfastly maintained an "open" studbook whereby any horse may be used, as long as it is considered and proven "acceptable" according to the high standards of the Dutch. Over the last century, select Hackney stallions have been imported from England, and most Dutch Harness Horses today possess considerable Hackney blood. More recently several American Saddlebred stallions were approved for injection of Saddlebred characteristics into their gene pool." - From REESINK HARNESS HORSES

I believe that they are breeding for specific characteristics that if found in any particular breed they will incorporate it into the DHH's bloodlines. They're looking for the high stepping action, refined head and elegant neck, a specific height range usually around 16+hh, and some other things. I think it's just a hodge-podge of various elegant looking, tall, high-stepping stallions that the Dutch royalty felt suited their needs of the time period.
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