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Knabstrup

Knabstrup
origin:Denmark
life expectancy:20 to 35 years
scientific name:E. caballus
family:Equidae
height:152 to 155 cm
Temperament: Warmbloodconservation: secureSaddleOlympic Games/Dressage/Show jumping
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History [ edit ]

The Knabstrup is a popular horse thanks to his coloration. The most famous is the leopard, white with dark spots.

Originally from Denmark, it is unusual for a European horse to have these patterns. Such colorations can be observed in the prehistoric paintings and this is why it is believed that the origins of the breed are ancient.

The Knabstrup was established in 1812, when the Major Villars Lunn purchased an Iberian mare for his estate Knabstrupgaard. The chestnut mare was bred with Fredricksborg, a palomino stud. The outcome was Flaebehingsten, a spotted horse that became the base for the Knabstrup breed.

The great popularity that the breed gained due to its coloration soon faded: the lack of diversity led to interbreeding; the horse started to be bred by color only and his other characteristics were neglected; and a fire at Knabstrupgaard that killed more than 20 of their top horses dictated the scarcity of the breed.

In 1971, Frede Nielsen added Appaloosa blood to the Knabstrup in an attempt to recuperate the former glory of the breed. More recently, the Thoroughbred was also called to help.

Still relatively rare, the leo