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Rottaler horses were originally bred in the Rott valley ofrnBavaria, and were used as the foundation for the Bavarian Warmblood. Systematicrnbreeding in the region dates back to 1558, when the first duke, Albrecht IV,rnimported popular Neapolitan and Spanish stallions. rnrn 

rnrnIn keeping with the times, Rottalers were expected to bernversatile enough to pull the plow during the week and the carriage to church onrnSundays. Throughout the 19th century, Anglo-Norman, Cleveland Bay, andrnOldenburg horses were imported to keep the Rottaler vibrant, and by 1906 thernRottaler Warmblood Horse Breeding Association was formed. In 1963, the breedingrnaim was redirected towards the production of more agile, sensitive ridingrnhorses, and the brand was changed from "R" to "B". ThernRottaler mares were bred to Hanoverians and Westphalians, and over successiverngenerations, the breed threatened to disappear forever. It wasn't until 1991rnthat the Rottaler was re-established within the Bavarian association, and byrnthat time there were scant few lines left. However, what struck the spectatorsrnat the first inspection of Rottaler mares in 1994 was the vitality of thernmares, which had an average age of over 15.rnrn 

rnrnToday there are only a few Rottalers left, but about 20rnbreeders in Bavaria are actively preserving the breed and the breed receivesrnfederal support. Rottalers are similar to the other heavy warmbloods in type,rnthough due to consistent use of Arab blood, they have more refined heads. Theyrnare excellent all-purpose ride-and-drive horses, with sufficient talent inrndressage and jumping. They are promoted as a good choice for vaulting horses.

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