Thanks, Elana, that was a very valuable description. Carriage type LW's are not exactly rare or extinct around here, there are still several strong lines (the sire of my boy represents one of them), but carriage driving as such has become almost non-existent and there's very little activity in the field of competitive driving. So most of these horses are being used as riding horses and many lines have become a lot lighter in bone, being crossed with the riding type LW. Many of these horses also get exported to Russia, Finland, Sweden - for crossing with some of the much lighter European warmblood breeds, and giving them some bone, as well as a calm nature and a willing attitude. They often are used in riding schools, as well, because they are in general good learners, enjoy people, are very endurant and, although can get quite stubborn and are often born bomb-proof, they don't lack any energy and are in no way lethargic. So their popularity is very natural - it's just that over time people are starting to want a lighter, faster horse.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.