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Alte Mecklenburger Linien

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: critical
Listed by GEH
Warmblood horse breed from Germany

Informations about the rare Alte Mecklenburger Linien

The Old Mecklenburger, a medium-weight warmblood, boasts a history rich in versatility and robustness. Originating from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, this breed has served various roles from agricultural work to military use. With mares standing at least 158 cm and stallions at 160 cm, and a cannon bone circumference of 19-22 cm, the Old Mecklenburger showcases a range of coat colors including chestnut, bay, black, and gray.

Origin and history of the Alte Mecklenburger Linien

The ancestral lines of the Old Mecklenburger date back to 1550, initiated by the dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Güstrow to breed a versatile horse for economic and military purposes, as well as for riding, carriage, and wagon use. The breed’s evolution saw a significant shift in 1990 with the fall of the Berlin Wall, focusing on performance and profit, leading to the introduction of stallions from other breeds and the decline of original Old Mecklenburger stallions.

Character and features of the Alte Mecklenburger Linien

The Old Mecklenburger is celebrated for its willingness to perform, endurance, and reliability, qualities that were essential for transporting heavy grain loads to ports and for pulling post coaches across the challenging terrain of Mecklenburg. These horses were driven on a simple bit, not a curb bit as was common, showcasing their robustness and longevity. Today, their character strength, reliability, and versatility are highly valued in breeding.

Utilisation of the rare Alte Mecklenburger Linien

From historical utility in agriculture and transportation to contemporary roles in dressage, show jumping, driving, and eventing, the Old Mecklenburger demonstrates remarkable adaptability. Their gentle nature also makes them ideal for therapeutic riding and leisure, proving to be an all-around partner for sport and recreation.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Alte Mecklenburger Linien

Today, the Old Mecklenburger / Alt-Mecklenburger lines are rare, with only about 40 mares and eight living stallions remaining. Despite this, the breed’s historical prestige as one of Europe’s most renowned horse breeds in the 18th and 19th centuries is being preserved through dedicated conservation efforts, aiming to maintain the Old Mecklenburger’s genetic legacy and its esteemed characteristics.

Native country




Risk Level

Critical: less than 100


158-179 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Alte Mecklenburger Linien horse

Altmecklenburger — Alt-Mecklenburger Warmblut Pferd — AML

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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

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