The Abtenauer is the first horse in our new series: Horse Breeds A to Z. As it’s name may indicate, the Abtenauer horse hails from Germany, although some say it originally came from Austria. The Abtenauer is a close relative of the Noriker,? but is smaller in stature.
The Abtenauer breed of horse is small and stocky, with very powerful legs. It excels as?a draft horse – as it’s small and muscular legs help the horse keep a good center of gravity, which leads to excellent balance. This is especially useful for navigating the rough mountain and forest terrain of Western Germany.? The fact that the Abtenauer is cold blooded also makes it an excellent candidate for work as a draft horse.
Black is the most common color of the Abtenauer’s coat, however, rich brown, blue roan and a variety of other colors are also found. Typical Abtenauers will stand between 14 and 15 hands high.
One interesting fact about the Abtenauer (according to wikipedia) is that the mares and foals are sent to pasture?up in the moutains?during the summer months , and are fed salt once a week to prevent them from becoming feral.