Quote 4the day: Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.... Eric Roberts.
Fact4 the day: The Wielkopolski is a breed of horse that was originated in Central and Western Poland in 1964, and is occasionally known as Mazursko-Poznanski. Its name derives from Wielkopolska ("Great Poland"), a region in west central Poland centred on Poznań.
The Wielkopolski was developed by crossing two now extinct Polish breeds, the Pozan and the Mazury, so it is also referred to as the Mazursko-Poznanski. The Pozan or Poznan horse was developed in Poland. This breed was extremely rare, and was bred at the studs at Posadowo, Racot, and Gogolewo. The Pozan was a mixture of Arabian, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, and Hanoverian bloodlines. It was a middleweight farm horse, very versatile, used for riding and agricultural work. The Mazury, also known as the Masuren was developed in Poland as a riding horse. It mainly stemmed from the Trakehner breed and when crossed with the Pozan went on to develop the Wielkopolski breed. The Mazury was bred at the stud at Liski in the Masuria region. A 1963 Polish postage stamp illustrated a Mazury.
These two breeds formed a base, to which Thoroughbred, Arabian, and Anglo-Arabian blood was further added.
Although not a well-known breed worldwide, it is used as a sport horse because of its temperament, comfortable gaits, and hardiness. Their athleticism allows for use in show jumping and eventing. They are also suitable for dressage.
The breed is bred along two lines. One is lighter, for competitive riding. The other is heavier, and used in harness and as a riding horse.
The Wielkopolski has a fine, small head with a straight profile and lively eyes. This is set into a strong, long neck. The horse has sloping shoulders and a deep and wide chest. It is muscular, compact, and deep in the body, with powerful hindquarters. Their legs are well muscled with long cannons and good, clearly defined joints and tendons. They can be any solid color, and usually stand between 15.2 and 16.2 hands (62 and 66 inches, 157 and 168 cm)
There is also another Polish warmblood breed, the Małopolski, bred in the region of Małopolska ("Little Poland") in the south of the country (around Kraków). These horses are smaller and slightly less suited to showjumping than the Wielkopolski.
Thought4 the day: How often do you dream of your horse or a horse thats going to come into your life and in your dream what are they doing? I seem to dream alot about horses and some before they even come into us. The whole world is normally a blur but the horse or pony is always perfectly visable in what ever its doing. Horses and ponies are our lives and we welcome them all that need us. Rehoming is harder as its not saying good bye but its we will see you soon. They all enter our hearts even if we try not to let them!!! Horses are amazing and wonderful creatures that bless us with their presance and being :o) We have a new year coming up and we have more horses and ponies no doubt coming in and some to be rehomed :o) Looks like Jinksy is set to go in a month or so :o)