[QUOTE]Since Germany was built by a series of wars and a standing army was important.
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This is very correct, but most of the "breeding books" where founded in the 15. hundreds (or before) Where Germany was still far from being a country at all. They were breeding better farm horses with the help of the "Landesgestüte" most of which still exists.
The "Sport horses" as we know them today where bred for being sport horses. That really got started after the second world war.
The warhorses where a much heavier type. In Germany they sometimes refer to a "Commandants Pferd" (Commanders Horse), when there talking of a heavier set type of warmbood.
There is a big difference in the registries in Germany. Hannoveraner are a very type A horse. As someone posted in another thread it might be easier to recognize one then a horse registered as a Rheinläner (Rheinisches Warmblut) or Bayerisches Warmblut (know registered with the Süddeutsche Zuchtverband), because they are able to take the best of the best. If you have a great horse that has Hannoverainien (sp ?) bloodlines, you will/should try to have it registered as a Hannoveraner. The guidelines aren't as
strict in other breeding books.
There are still some years where almost no stallions are approved, in all registries (Can't be so picky about mares, as you need a solid mare base).
Also many of the old breeds have been lost. For instance the Bavarian horse was pretty much ruined after the second world war, because they tried to get the sporthorse type of horse to quickly (by refining systematically, they erased lots of favorable treats that took hundreds of years to breed. They are now trying to get a type back.
I think it's pretty funny to hear how a lot of people in Germany scoff (sp?) at the registries of Süddeutschland /Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar/ Deutsches Sportpferd (this is also a registry! I think in another thread somebody had misunderstood that)
Still I think any horse that is registered to breed here is pretty amazing...
Oh and it's Westfale (with f!) a registry that didn't open in till sometime during the 19th century. (Upps, just noticed that the english spelling is with "ph". Sorry.. my bad for being a smarty-pants