Trakehners are a hundreds-year-old breed, owing their beginnings to King Wilhelm of Germany in the 1700s, when the insightful monarch realized that knights riding heavy mounts would never again dominate battlefields. He desired a strong, light, speedy horse to carry mounted infantry, and the Trakehner was the result. Despite its beauty and strength, the breed faced tremendous challenges due to the powder-keg nature of its environs. In 1938, the breed numbered half a million in east Prussia, and it had established its place as a champion in both speed and dressage events. But World War II brought German armies and blitzkriegs through its homeland, followed a few years later, by Russian armies pushing back, sending those in east Prussia, along with their horses, fleeing for their lives. A devoted group of Trakehner breeders led a small group of horses west, fleeing war and ruin as winter bore down and the war dragged to a close. They survived, barely, with only 21 original stud mares. A valiant effort in the post-war years led to the breed’s survival and resurgence in the decades that followed.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 17.75 L x 4.06 W x 9.5 H
- Size in inches: 6.99 L x 1.6 W x 3.74 H