About Aegidienberger Horses
Aegidienberger Horses are a small riding horse fromAegidienberger, Germany, and were first recognized as a breed in
Aegidienberger Horses were developed by Walter Feldman in
1994 in response to the need for horses larger than Icelandic Horses but still
small and hardy enough to navigate difficult terrain, plus they need to be well
suited for the warmer climates of central Europe. Feldman created the Aegidienberger
breed primarily by crossing Peruvian Paso and Icelandic horses.
Aegidienberger horses generally stand between 13 and 15
hands high. Their colors vary considerably and can be bay, black, brown,
buckskin, champagne, chesnut, dun, grullo, perlino, roan, and white. They are
strong and sturdy, with high set tails, with thick hair on both mane and tail. They
have a friendly and gentle temperament, yet a strong personality. They are
excellent riding horses, are very intelligent, and have an amiable and willing
nature. They are sometime used for agricultural work and generally work very well
They can perform a gait known as the tölt. Thetölt is
a four-beat lateral ambling gait known for explosive acceleration and speed.
Like all lateral ambling gaits, the footfall pattern is the same as the walk
(left hind, left front, right hind, right front), but differs from the walk in
that it can be performed at a range of speeds, from the speed of a typical fast
walk up to the speed of a normal canter. Some Icelandic horses prefer to tölt,
while others prefer to trot; correct training can improve weak gaits, but the
tölt is a natural gait present from birth.
There have never been more than 100
Aegidienberger horses at any one time, as the breed has declined since the
inception of the American horse stud
book in 1868.