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Georgian Grande horses are crossbreeds bewteen Friesian andrnSaddlebred horses. The aim of the breeding is to create a Saddlebred-like horsernthat adds the best qualities of heavier breeds. They are intelligent, alert,rnproud but always calm and quiet. They are also easy to train and very willingrnto work.

The first attempts to create a new, heavier Saddlebred-typernbreed were made in the 1970s by George Wagner Jr, in Piketon, Ohio. Hisrnambition was to recreate the stockier, sturdier look of the Saddlebred of olderrntimes, such as the animals used as cavalry mounts during the American CivilrnWar. He considered this the original type of the Saddlebred horse instead ofrnthe prevailing modern, lighter type. Wagner's breeding succeeded in creatingrnhorses of the desired type, and the breed was named after him as "George'srngreat horse". The breed association International Georgian Grande HorsernRegistry was founded in 1994, and was later accepted as a member under thernUnited States Dressage Federation All Breeds Council and the American HorsernCouncil.

rnrnThe height of the Georgian Grande Horse ranges from 15.2 torn17 hands (62 to 68 inches, 157 to 173 cm) or higher at withers, and the weightrnfrom 1,000 to 1,400 pounds (450 to 640 kg). All colors of coat and eyes arernaccepted. The desired overall impression is a horse that is tall, strong-bonedrnand of striking appearance. The desired character of a Georgian Grande Horse isrnalert and intelligent but calm. The horse should be easy to train and veryrncooperative. A Georgian Grande Horse is not considered mature until the age ofrnsix years.rnrn 

rnrnTheir forehead is broad and their eyes large and set widernapart. Their profile should be straight or slightly concave, with a delicaternmuzzle and large nostrils. Their ears should have a good shape and express therndesired alert character of the horse. Their neck is long, arched andrnwell-muscled, flowing into well-defined withers, and a back that is level andrnrelatively short. Their shoulders are deep and sloping to allow for goodrnmovement. Their croup should be slightly sloping rather than level. Their hipsrnshould be wide and round. Their legs are properly angled and well-set, andrntheir conformation should allow them to be good at jumping. Their joints shouldrnbe large, flat, and clean. Their legs are desired to be thick with good bone;rnthe circumference of the cannon of a mature horse, measured just below thernknee, should be 9 inches (23 cm) at the minimum, and a larger circumference isrndesirable. The hooves should be large and in proportion to the size of thernhorse.

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