The most related and almost identical in breeding development to the Oldenburg horse was East Friesian horse, whose homeland, neighboring the Oldenburg region, spreads from the estuary of the river Weser to the borders of Netherlands. At one time, the East Frieslander was more refined and less “lymphatic” than the Oldenburg. He has actually more of the English blood but is also shape wise and racially less balanced breed. That is why still in the early nineteen hundreds, there were imported into the region the Oldenburg stallions and mares which were later on bred in East Friesland region as well.

The Oldenburg stock was freely registered without objections into the East Frieslander registry, but not the other way around. Thus happened, that the East Friesland breed was founded very much like the Oldenburger by the Norman line. The Norfolk line, stallion of Hanoverian blood, suddenly disappears. Before the Second World War, a stallion named also Norman was imported to East Friesland from France.

As previously mentioned, the East Friesian horse was somewhat lighter, “dryer” (lymphatic system of the legs), shorter and of livelier temperament than the Oldenburger. He was mostly black or bay, but among the purer breeds could be also found chestnuts even grays, which came from the fine line of the stallion Tello.

The East Friesian horses were registered at one time in the “stud book” of Aurich. The brand was OF with a crown, placed on the left thigh.


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