Noriker breed information
Noriker horse general information
COLORBeside the basic coat colors bay, black and chestnut there are leopard spotted Leopard complex horses, Mohrenköpfe, brown and red roans, tobianos and overos. gray coat color does not occur.
SIZEThe ideal size of a Noriker is between 15.3 and 17 hh
ORIGINAustria and South Bavaria
INFLUENCEIt is likely that Haflinger and also Spanish, Neapolitan, and Burgundian blood are responsible in part for the Noriker's ancestry.
TEMPRERAMENTThe Noriker (Pinzgauer) has strong character, it is very agile, hard-working and powerful
The Noriker Horse is used for riding and light Draught. The Noriker horse originated in the mountain regions of Austria a few thousand years ago and takes it's name from the ancient state of Noricum. The breed area covers the alpine areas of Austria and Germany. The Noriker Horse played an important role in the transportation of goods through the alps.
Today the Noriker with its size and weight, its phenotype and temperament represents a horse that fulfils to a high degree all the requirements of a modern leisure horse.
The Noriker developed from the heavy warmblood horses of the Roman and in the alps domestic races in the province Noricum (today Bavaria and Austria). 1565 came then the breed under control of the Salzburger of archbishops, who put on also the first Stutbuch. Spanish and Burgundische Hengste was imported, which brought size and elegance into the race. The oldest still received Stutbuch published 1903 the Pinzgauer horse breeding association. Salzburg was and remains the main breed area of the Noriker and may, according to the regulations of the European Union, the origin breed book lead.