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post #11 of 22 Old 10-09-2012, 09:57 PM
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I've ridden a couple horses of both the breeds you're talking about and I've enjoyed my time on both of them.

I leased an Oldenburg for quite a while and he was a joy to ride. Occasionally a little hot, but overall very willing and a real "trier". The Irish horses I've ridden have all been pretty intelligent and also very, very willing as well. They all really seemed to want to do things right, but they're also more apt to be a little more like, "Uh, are you sure we're going to do THAT?" I rode in a clinic once with Eric Horgan and a friend of mine was on an Irish horse and the horse kept getting put off and stopping, but it was always a pretty honest thing where he realized the rider wasn't sure what she wanted. Eric Horgan just said, "You know, you can always tell when an Irish horse is going to stop far sooner than you can tell for any other breed I've worked with."

Overall, I've enjoyed working with both breeds, so I think a cross of them would be pretty awesome to work with. All horses are individuals though, so just keep that in mind when you go look at this horse in particular.

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post #12 of 22 Old 11-25-2012, 01:52 PM
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I have been fortunate enough to be around a lot of Oldenburgs. But, that can basically mean any breed. You should really look into your horses bloodlines. I have known Oldenburgs that were the traditional German bred, which were very stout, big boned, and very sturdy. While I have also seen Oldenburgs that were a whole bunch of random horse breeds thrown together. Like thoroughbred, shire, quarter horse. This is because the Oldenburg registry, at least in America, is very lenient about the horses that are accepted into it. Best of luck.
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I'm currently training an oldenburg cross who I love to death! She's once of the sweetest and smartest horses I have come across. Just an absolute cuddle bug. The ones I have been around have also been super talented. If you had the chance to be around one, I would defiantly recommend it!

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Tika, what you are referring to is now known as the 'Alt Oldenburg' where as the German's are now developing the new 'modern' sport horse. I myself am not a fan of the dainty sugar creatures and prefer a bit of meat to grip between my knees.

Oldenburgs as a whole don't have 'character' traits from the breed, so much as they have traits from the bloodlines.

If you know the bloodlines of the horse, that will help.

I owned an Oldenberg called Do It Again from the Donnerhall lines. We call them Donnerblud (translates to Donnerstupid) because the D line, although it is fantastic movement, is your typical dumb-blood and unless you get that work ethic from the word go, you will work every single step of the way. Didn't stop me buying another two though ;)
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Irish Sporthorses are great and usually love to jump. The one I know of never refuses a jump and is a champ at fox hunting.
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I can't speak for Oldenbergs, but we breed Irish sport horses and their temperament is one of the great assets of the breed.
They are very sociable, they really enjoy being around people. They're very quiet and brave - if they come across something new and scary they tend to turn and face it, sniff it and approach - I've never heard of an ISH bolting in fear like TBs tend to do.
One vice in their temperament is that they can be very obstinate at times, usually when they are young and trying to assert themselves. But once you work through this they are thoroughly loving and easy to live with.

Of course, I'm a bit biased

The Irish Draft has some very dominant genes, so my experience has been that even horses with 25% ID in their bloodline still has a lot of the above qualities
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My family breeds Oldenburgs and what others have said about the breed is absolutely correct. "Oldenburg" can be anything as long as the stallion is accepted ino the registry. Some of our Oldenburgs are Hanoverian x Thoroughbred crosses. Regaurdless all of ours have wonderful temperments, are not mareish at all. But their personalities vary a lot. We have had really high spirited horses who try at jump the pasture fence on a regular basis, and others who are big lazy teddy bears. Most of them tend to be more stocky as they were originally intended for carriage horses, but it depends on what they are crossed with. Chances are any Oldenburg you find in the US will be a mix of something. Overall great versatile horses but they can vary a lot from horse to horse.
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I've only had riding experience on one Oldenburg. He was a big, nice horse. On the ground. In the saddle he had developed a very bad habit of bucking. But, then again, he was a lesson horse...could just be he was tired of being a lesson horse and was suited to being a one-person horse.

Last I heard he was retired from the lesson program and someone purchased him to just have as a pasture puff.

He did have a lovely temperament though..maybe a little obstinate (as I recall he was VERY hard to bridle), but again, a lot of that can perhaps be contributed to his job as a lesson horse.
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The WB registries and the Irish Sport Horse registries are really confusing because they aren't pure bloodlines - I have an irish Sport Horse here that's only got a quarter Irish Draft - looks less than that if I didn't know that one of the stallions in her lineage was a pure Irish Draft and not an Irish Sport Horse - she is more like a TB in her attitude than an Irish Draft
I wouldn't worry at all about quirks unless you know for a fact the horse has some that make it difficult - judge the horse.
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck View Post

Oldenburgs as a whole don't have 'character' traits from the breed, so much as they have traits from the bloodlines.

If you know the bloodlines of the horse, that will help.
My experience exactly! I have quite a bit of experience with an Oldenburg/Welsh Cob X (registered Oldenburg) with Ideal breeding. She is a doll under saddle and very talented, but that mare was a snot on the ground, starting as a foal. Wasn't lack of handling and training, either, just had a rude attitude. I have heard from others with Ideal progeny much of the same, which is odd, since Ideal himself was a gentleman from all I heard.

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