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Conservation status
Other namesAegidienberg
Country of originGermany
  • 143–152 cm[4]: 180 

The Aegidienberger is a modern German breed of riding horse. It is named for the borough of Aegidienberg in the Rheinland, where it was bred in the latter part of the twentieth century. It is a cross of two foreign breeds, the Peruvian Paso and the Icelandic. Like the Icelandic horse, it can perform the tölt, a fast ambling gait.


The Aegidienberger is a cross between two breeds foreign to Germany, the Peruvian Paso and the Icelandic horse. Selection was specifically for the ability to perform the tölt, a fast ambling gait; horses without this ability are excluded from registration.[5] A breed society or interest group, the Interessengemeinschaft und Förderverein für Aegidienbergerpferde, was formed in 1994.[5]

In the twenty-four years from 1997 to 2020, numbers reported for the breed have never exceeded 60; in 2020 the breeding population was reported to be 29, consisting of 23 mares and 6 stallions.[3] Its conservation status is critical.[3]


The Aegidienberger was bred to be a comfortable riding horse with the tölt gait of the Icelandic, but rather larger and with better adaptation to warmer climates.[4]: 180 


  1. ^ Breed description: Aegidienberg. Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover = Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover. Archived 19 May 2008.
  2. ^ Barbara Rischkowsky, Dafydd Pilling (editors) (2007). List of breeds documented in the Global Databank for Animal Genetic Resources, annex to The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Rome: Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 9789251057629. Archived 23 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Breed data sheet: Aegidienberger / Germany (Horse). Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed April 2022.
  4. ^ a b Élise Rousseau, Yann Le Bris, Teresa Lavender Fagan (2017). Horses of the World. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691167206.
  5. ^ a b Aegidienberger (in German). Bad Honnef: Gestüt Aegidienberg. Archived 20 April 2012.