Rhenish-German Cold-Blood

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Rhenish-German Cold-Blood
Rhenish on a German Stamp
Country of origin Germany
Equus ferus caballus

The Rhenish-German Cold-Blood is a draft horse which comes from Germany. This cold-blood was very popular in its heyday at the beginning of the 20th century, but now there are fewer uses.


The breed on a postage stamp

The Rhenish was developed as a breed in the Rhineland in the latter quarter of the nineteenth century.[1] Local heavy horses from Rhineland, Westphalia and Saxony were used, but the main foundation stock came from Belgium. The Belgian horse was imported in large numbers to establish what was to become Germany's most numerous breed of heavy horses. Some Ardennes blood was also used.

The heavy horses of Germany now make up only 2% of its equine population. The Rhenish is one of four German heavy horse breeds (the others being the Black Forest Horse, Schleswig horse and the South German Cold-Blood), and its numbers today are very small.

Breed Characteristics[edit]

The Rhenish is similar to the Belgian, with a large, muscular body. Its head is plain, and the neck is short and strong. The body is compact, broad and deep, and the hindquarters are very muscular. The limbs are strong and short and have a fair amount of feather. They can be chestnut, with flaxen mane and tail, red roan, or bay roan. They stand between 16 and 17 hands (64 and 68 inches, 163 and 173 cm) high.


  1. ^ International encyclopedia of horse breeds. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 2007. p. 353. ISBN 9780806138848.