HORSES OF THE WORLD
Europe - Germany
The Schleswig was developed during the second half of the 19th century in
northern Germany close to the Danish border as a medium, mixed draught horse.
It still has a close resemblance to the Danish Jutland. At the end of the 19th
century the breed was crossed with lighter horses including the Thoroughbred and the
Yorkshire Coach horse with no lasting effect.
The Schleswig became a popular farm, forestry and bus and tram horse. During Word War I
it's numbers and quality were seriously depleted. Infusions with Boulonnais and Breton
blood helped the Schleswig to recover, eventually producing large numbers until the end of
Word War II. Due to widespread mechanisation the numbers went down again. The remaining
Schleswig horses have been crossed with Jutlands to increase their size.
Head: large, fairly plain head; kind expression; kind eyes
Neck: short, crested
Shoulders: very powerful
Body: fairly long body; good depth through girth; well
Legs: short, strong limbs; a little feather
Mane and Tail: often flaxen color
Color: predominantly chestnut; occasionally grey and bay
Height: 15.2. to 16hh
Weight: about 800kg (1,766lb)
Temperament: gentle, kind
Qualities: extremely strong
The Schleswig can be seen at agricultural shows.