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By Smith Northam

Last updated: 23rd March 2018

German Riding Pony


Smith Northam
Last updated: 23rd March 2018

The German Riding Pony was developed in Germany as a crossbreed, and is extremely popular in the country. These equines have more horse-like features, and excel in riding and sports horse competitions, and are now recognized as a separate breed.

German Riding Pony Pictures

Quick Information

Also Known As Deutsche Reitpony
Physical Characteristics No specifications since size, shape and stature vary between individuals
Temperament Even-tempered, obedient, willing, affectionate
Type Riding Pony, Sports Pony
Colors 14 common colors – white, black, brown, grey, bay, chestnut, dun, buckskin, palomino, perlino, cremello, roan, champagne, and grullo
Height/Size 13.2 hands (including studs, stallions and mares) (some specimens can reach up to 14.2 as well)
Common Uses General riding, racing, dressage, jumping, events
Health Problems Healthy in general
Popular Traits Excellent smoothness in riding, enduring, easy to control, willing to work
Feeding/Diet General equine diet including hay, grass, grains, etc.
Country of Origin Germany
Population Status Common
Time of Development Around 1965

Video: German Riding Pony Participating in Sports Event


The entire process of breeding of this equine began almost more than 50 years back in around 1965 by crossing the Welsh ponies with the Dulmen, Connemara, New Forest, Arabian Horses and the Anglo-Arabian bloodlines. This breed was developed when there was a need for a larger size pony with horse-like characteristics that would be suitable for children, as well as be able to take part as a riding pony in competitions.

By 1965, the first German Riding Pony was successfully developed for the first time. The new breed showed up clean confirmation, lively action, and refinement. Presently, they are registered through a Germany-based registry association named Weser-Ems, after going through minute inspections since they are now a completely independent breed, and new blood is no more added to their studbooks. Soon after its development, it was spread throughout Europe, but is relatively new to North America.

Interesting Facts

  • Because of their detailed horse-like features, they have been nicknamed as ‘Miniature Warmblood’.
  • A mare named ‘Equinox’ that was put for sale, attained an outstanding height of 15.2 hands.
  • A German Riding Pony stallion named ‘Adonis’ emerged as the champion in the North American Stallion Performance Test in 2012.

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