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  • tell me about your Trakehner...

    Ok, since I just had another less than steller vet report on a horse I was looking at, I'm back looking again. My first dressage horse was a beautiful Trakehner gelding by Peron and I absolutely loved him. I owned him his entire life and have spent the years since his passing dreaming of finding another horse as special as he was.

    There have been others of course, but nothing quite so personable or just plain cool as him. Not to mention the air cushion ride.

    So, do you have one? Where did you find him/her? Any special bloodlines or breeders?

  • #2
    Mayflower, You have a PM. Redhorse5


    • #3
      Ah yes, my Trakehner was certainly my heart horse. I owned him for 12 years and lost him to an aneurysm two years ago.

      What a wonderful breed. I will definitely own another!
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      • #4
        Hi, I'm sure that your bond with your past horse took time to build. It's not something that can be replaced. Your next horse will probably become special in different ways; a different bonding but possibly equally rewarding. It may be with any breed. Maybe think about what's more important to you-a wonderful relationship or a specific breed.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Bogie View Post
          Ah yes, my Trakehner was certainly my heart horse. I owned him for 12 years and lost him to an aneurysm two years ago.

          What a wonderful breed. I will definitely own another!

          I'm sorry you lost your special heart horse.


          • #6
            Love my Trakehners! My favorite horse of all time was one that I leased when I was younger. That horse won my first 3rd and 4th Level tests for me, then helped me make it safely around Prelim eventing courses.

            Now I own a couple of mares, a weanling and one of my girls is starting her career this season. The most responsive and intelligent horses I have ever experienced!


            • #7
              My Anglo-Trakehner mare http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/saranade was bred by Nancy Schmidt http://www.warmbloodscanada.com/index.html

              Though it looks like they're doing mostly Hanoverians these days (my mare will be 16 this year) it might still be worth a look.

              I also own Sadie's daughter by Feuertanzer http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/silent+debut2

              Really, I'm quite thrilled with both my girls, so I can see the appeal of another Trakehner. Though I do agree with the previous poster who mentioned that sometimes it takes time to form a bond with a new horse. Yes, some of them are just special, some of them you click with right away, but sometimes you grow into your relationship, too.
              "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
              -Edward Hoagland


              • #8
                My first dressage horse was a trak out of the M line and he could be a total a$$. Very skittish as a youngster, no confidence. When he freaked out over something, it was all self preservation mode and anything around him better get out of the way . . . I ended up in the hospital over a blowing weight tape. The trainer who broke him ended up with a hematoma on his thigh over approaching him to quickly with a blanket.

                He settled down around age 7, but you always had to be careful in a new situation such as a horse show or clinic. He truly was a fantastic mover and when we started schooling 3rd level, called it quits and we divorced. His mental attitude in training just wasn't fun. He would wig out over learning new movements, but once he "got it" he was great, it was getting to the "got it" stage that was so difficult. Truly, he was a professionals horse, not for an amateur like me. I did have him with good trainers most of his 9 years w/ me.

                Once, at a horse show, I saw a full brother (from the same breeder) just take off in the warm up ring. On minute he looked to be cantering calmly and bam, the next minute he was running for his life. The first year showing Training level, I stalled next to a gal who had a gelding out of the same stallion and the horse was hot like a firecracker, she was a tactful rider and held him together. She also told me he would get anxious about learning new things, but once he had it down, no problem.

                At the barn where I board, 2 young sisters own a trak mare who is absolutely priceless. In another life, this mare was their mother. Her job is to safely jump them around and she knows it.
                "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach


                • #9
                  There's a good chance my next horse will be a trakehner. I love this farm, love the owner, love the horses:

                  She is VERY honest - when I was starting looking I just wanted an idea of what's out there. One horse had caught my eye, and she was honest that this horse just didn't have a good personality and I wouldn't want her.

                  I keep hoping whoever bought Vigo from her will post on this board, as he was an absolute darling personality-wise with GORGEOUS movement. Had he not been so huge (I'm 5'1") I would have been extremely tempted to get him.
                  Originally posted by Silverbridge
                  If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.


                  • #10
                    I love my Trakehner! He is now rising ten and is (small brag here), schooling all his GP work, and hopefully we will put it in the GP ring this year. For the last year he has been in full time training (because GP is beyond me, but not him). Now I am sponsoring my coach and him. Before that, I did all the work myself, with my coach's help. I have had him since he was 4 yrs. W/T/C sometimes on the correct lead!

                    So, having ended up with a much better horse than I intended... I bought a lovely 4 yrs old mare. Although not a Trak, when you look at her breeding, her dame is Trak. Love her too!!

                    So, what is it I love about Trakehners? Well, to me they do the work easily, they are built for it and have the brains for it, (dressage). But the bit I really like??? They ride like a T/B, hot off the leg and always ready to go!!

                    Good luck finding you new partner. I do love Traks, but at the end of the day, it's not the breed, it's the horse that counts. I say be open to all possibilities!


                    • #11
                      I had a barely green broke Trakehner come into my life when he was 3. He had unbelievable movement, a heart of gold, and a firecracker response to everything new. I realized (wisely) he was a professional's horse, and he and she made it to GP. Never off a day in his life until he was in his 20s. And, I think he's still a wild thing at heart. Great breed, but too hot for me!


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks guys. Yes, I'm out of the box and have had a QH, TB and DWB and am currently riding a PRE mare. I've vetted a 2 DWB/TB crosses, 1 DWB and most recently a BIG Han. mare. I love the hottness of the TB but it's the movement and lightness of my Trak that comes back to haunt me. I've sat on some Trak's since and it's like coming home when I feel that trot. Not to say my guy was uncomplicated, he was "special" that's for sure. Since I'm back to the hunt, I thought I go where my heart is leading me. I like the smaller, finer horses, not the big ones, but I see lots of Hanoverians and other warmblood breeds, but not so many Trakehners so I thought I come to the source of all knowledge - COTH!


                        • #13
                          My youngster is not all Trakehner, but his Grandsire is Hailo and there are other Trakehners in his lineage. I love him. He has a great brain and is a very good mover with a super work ethic. Trakehners are definitely my favorite warmblood breed (I event and am probably a TB person at heart).
                          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                          • #14
                            Hehe, I have a love/hate relationship with Trakehners

                            I remember seeing the Trakehner stallion Hy Tech perform at Spruce Meadows when I was about 14 years old...and I thought he was the most gorgeous horse I had ever seen. I spent 1 year telling anyone that would listen that I wanted a "trak-ner", and no one knew what the heck I was talking about.

                            I moved to a dressage barn, and saw this gorgeous 17hh dark bay horse called Storm. I bought him when I turned 16 years old. He was my dream horse, the proverbial tall, dark and handsome. What no one had told me about the trakehners was that they could be fruitier than a bowl of fruitloops But all that hotness and sensitivity taught me patience (and that you could never get angry, because that made it worse). I only had a year with him before I was forced to retire him at 7 years old (but he still lives at my place now, and is still deathly afraid of, well anything new )

                            Fancy my surprise when, a couple of years later, another few trakehners came to the barn. I fell in love with a rather awkward looking 17.2hh monster, who was 3/4 Trakehner and 1/4 hanoverian. We call him "Trakehner-lite" because most of the time, he has a heart of gold and is fairly patient and kind. However, he often likes to remind me that he can easily turn on a dime, and does get hot and spooky if things aren't going right for us that day What's nice though that, in his case, he's so big that I can't imagine not having the sensitivity and hotness...it would be like moving a huge barge!!
                            I'm learning so much with him, and one thing I can say about the Trakehners is that they do try hard for their rider.
                            In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. 1300 pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by princessfluffybritches View Post
                              I'm sorry you lost your special heart horse.
                              We had a good run! I bought him to event and ended up foxhunting him. He was very brave, an excellent jumper and completely trustworthy. I could put my husband on him to trail ride or hunt first flight.

                              He was a horse with an opinion about many things (his sire was Instrafurst, who apparently was like that too) but once we found what he liked (the excitement of foxhunting suited him perfectly -- he was always looking for the hounds), he was a doll. I used to hunt him in a side pull bitless bridle which always amazed people.

                              What I liked about the breed was their athleticism, sturdiness and brain. While I couldn't force him to do something, if you approached him as a partner he would try his heart out. He also had very extravagant gaits.
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                              • #16
                                Our breeding program is based heavily on Trakehner blood. Our guy Meisterwind (purebred) competed through Grand Prix and never had any lameness or illness. He was safe for any level of rider, but could turn it on when you needed him to. He is still going strong at 25, although retired from competition. Almost every horse on this farm is at least half Trakehner and our experience has been that they are easy horses. Very smart and willing and they love to have a job. We've yet to meet a crazy one.
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                                • #17
                                  Trakehner love

                                  We started with trakehners in 1988, after a few attempts at other crosses. We now bred Canadian Warmblood. Our imported Dutch stallion had the damsire of Doruto (Trakehner). We bred to trakehener mares. We too have a Krusader. He is a 15 year old Trakehner stallion, approved Canadian Sporthorse, through dressage. I love the ability they have to present the visual with incredible suspension...and horrors....you can sit it!!! We have specifically looked for trakehners with mind to match the ability. I can safely say, they are a sane bunch of horses...Even our Schwalbenherbst mare (thankfuilly Wermizal damline). She is very different,chuckle. Like the world is going to eat her, when has foal at foot, have to keep away from the wolves...and lap horse when no foal at foot. I think the Trakehners add something no other warmblood breed does to the equation. And yes, they are not "dumbloods". They are the perfect transition horse from tb to warmblood. They offer you their heart and are very rideable. Unfortunately, there were many programs of breeding in NA that presented us with flightly trakehners. Somehow....no one can forget them, and many keep finding them. Meisterwind is one example of exemplary trakehner ability and temperment. Windfall didn't do bad. What about Abdullah (yes, definetely hotter...from what I hear....but talent and disposition was good.
                                  Go for the trakehner. Find something with some of the Inerfuerst bloodline if you can, maybe some of what you had will be there.

                                  PM or email me with what you desire...I still have trakehners, and have one or two ready for sale, plus I know a few out there availalbe. Can you imagine that? A warmblood breeder who is a trakehner groupie at heart.
                                  Apex Farms


                                  • #18
                                    I love mine!

                                    Although he can be very spooky at times, he tries so hard. He definatly had some really bad training before we got him but he learned very quickly! He had never been cross country before when I got him (looking back he probably wasn't the smart decision for a kid who could barely jump 2') and now he was schooling Prelim/Int questions. I love his great movement but he still has the get-up-and-go for eventing. I would definatly want another when I eventually look for a new horse, but my goal for my boy is the CCI* at NAJYRC


                                    • #19
                                      My Trakehner mare, Fame, is by the Mahagoni son, Butow. Butow stood at Rolling Oaks Farm (http://www.rollingoaksfarm.com/Rolli...Farm/Home.html).

                                      Fame's smaller than most (15.1) but has big gaits and was high score at her regional inspection. She's given me 3 foals, two by Contucci and one by Royal Prince, and with the economy as it is (not breeding for a while), she is now my riding horse.

                                      I love what she has given her offspring (a strong loin connection and a quick hindleg), her Royal Prince filly was RMDS Materiale Horse of the Year in 2010. Fame is the smallest horse on the farm but she is definitely rules all. She is an opinionated ride but she can be sooo much fun

                                      Hope you find the horse your looking for. I certainly like some Trakehner blood in my horses.


                                      • #20
                                        I absolutely LOVE my Trakehner mare! She is coming 8 by Hailo out of a Martini mare. I have had her since a weanling, and it is no stretch when I say she would walk through fire for me. I am an ammy from the word go (have had several horses in the past, but really no formal training to speak of) and basically did everything myself with her. I did back her, then when she was 4 and a half sent her off for about a month and a half to finish her.

                                        She has never kicked, bit, bucked or tried to hurt me. On the contrary she takes care of me. The first time I played on the xc course, she packed me around like she was an old pro. Goodness knows I didn't know what I was doing, just point and shoot.

                                        Couple of weeks ago I was riding, working on a few things (jumping, better trot to canter, etc) for about an hour. After untacking her I notice a chunk of thick cactus (have no idea where she picked it up from) sticking out of her heal. She didn't complain or fuss one bit!

                                        Last summer she sliced her leg wide open (right hind) and I had to scrub, wrap, re wrap, etc for several months, and she stood like a trooper. I think Traks are smart, sensitive, and if you earn their respect and trust, there is nothing they wouldn't do for you!

                                        Good luck, PM and I can give you the breeders info if you want!