Photos and informations about the rare Altoldenburger / Ostfriese breed, Forgotten Horses a photographic project about endangered equines by The Pixel Nomad

Altoldenburger / Ostfriese

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: Critical
Listed by DAD-IS, GEH
Heavy Warmblood horse breed from Germany

Informations about the rare Altoldenburger / Ostfriese

The Alt-Oldenburger and Ostfriese, once considered separate breeds, are now often discussed together due to their intertwined histories and similar characteristics. Originating from the Lower Saxony region in Germany, these horses are celebrated for their elegance, strength, and versatility. Historically, they played a crucial role in the development of agriculture and transportation in their native region, showcasing a remarkable adaptability to various tasks.

Origin and history of the Altoldenburger / Ostfriese

The Alt-Oldenburger and Ostfriese breeds have roots stretching back to the 17th century, with their breeding heavily influenced by Spanish and Neapolitan horses. Over the centuries, selective breeding focused on creating a horse that was both strong for farm work and elegant enough for carriage driving, contributing significantly to the regional horse breeding tradition.

Character and features of the Altoldenburger / Ostfriese

Known for their calm and cooperative temperament, the Alt-Oldenburger and Ostfriese horses stand out with their muscular build and expressive heads. They typically range in height from 160 to 170 cm, displaying a variety of coat colors, though black, bay, and chestnut are predominant. Their versatility and gentle nature make them well-suited for a wide range of equestrian disciplines.

Utilisation of the rare Altoldenburger / Ostfriese

Throughout their history, Alt-Oldenburger and Ostfriese horses have been utilized in agriculture, carriage driving, and as riding horses. Today, they continue to excel in dressage and show jumping, with their strength and agility being particularly valued. Moreover, their docile nature also makes them excellent choices for therapeutic riding and leisure activities.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Altoldenburger / Ostfriese

Currently, the Alt-Oldenburger and Ostfriese horses are considered rare, with dedicated efforts being made to preserve their lineage and characteristics. Conservation initiatives in Germany are focused on maintaining the breeds’ genetic diversity, promoting sustainable breeding practices to ensure their future presence.

Native country



region / national

Risk Level

Critical: less than 1000


158-168 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Altoldenburger / Ostfriese horse

Altoldenburger / Altostfriesisches Schweres Warmblut Pferd — AOL

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Altoldenburger / Ostfriese

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Where to find the rare Altoldenburger / Ostfriese

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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

This group is part of the Forgotten Horses project and aims to raise awareness of endangered horse breeds and therefore to contribute to the preservation of the diversity of horse breeds, further free living and wild horses.
The group provides information and facilitates international exchange on rare and endangered horse breeds.
Altoldenburger Hengst Laurin
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Altoldenburger / Ostfriese Photoshooting

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