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Aegidienberger Horses are a small riding horse from Aegidienberger, Germany, and were first recognized as a breed in 1994.

Aegidienberger Horses were developed by Walter Feldman in 1994rnin response to the need for horses larger than Icelandic Horses but still smallrnand hardy enough to navigate difficult terrain, plus they need to be well suitedrnfor the warmer climates of central Europe. Feldman created the Aegidienberger breedrnprimarily by crossing Peruvian Paso and Icelandic horses.

Aegidienberger horses generally stand between 13 and 15 handsrnhigh. Their colors vary considerably and can be bay, black, brown, buckskin, champagne,rnchesnut, dun, grullo, perlino, roan, and white. They are strong and sturdy, withrnhigh set tails, with thick hair on both mane and tail. They have a friendly andrngentle temperament, yet a strong personality. They are excellent riding horses,rnare very intelligent, and have an amiable and willing nature. They are sometimernused for agricultural work and generally work very well with people.

rnrnrnrnThey can perform a gait known as the tölt. The tölt is a four-beat lateral ambling gait known for explosivernacceleration and speed. Like all lateral ambling gaits, the footfall pattern isrnthe same as the walk (left hind, left front, right hind, right front), but differsrnfrom the walk in that it can be performed at a range of speeds, from the speed ofrna typical fast walk up to the speed of a normal canter. Some Icelandic horses preferrnto tölt, while others prefer to trot; correct training can improve weak gaits, butrnthe tölt is a natural gait present from birth.

There have never been more than 100 Aegidienberger horses atrnany one time, as the breed has declined since the inception of thernAmerican horse stud book in 1868. 

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