Arenberg-Nordkirchen Pony

The Arenberg-Nordkirchen Pony is a rare and little-known breed of horse that originated in Germany.

These sturdy ponies are known for their gentle dispositions and easy-going nature.

If you’re thinking about adding an Arenberg-Nordkirchen Pony to your herd, here’s everything you need to know about this unique breed.

Arenberg-Nordkirchen Pony Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Arenberg-Nordkirchen Pony:

Height (size) 13.0 – 13.8 hands high
Colors Gray, bay, chestnut, black, dun
Country of Origin Germany
Common Uses Riding

Arenberg-Nordkirchen Pony Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Arenberg-Nordkirchner Pony breed was established in 1923 as a semi-feral herd on the estates of the then-Duke of Arenberg in Nordkirchen, which are located close to Münster in Westphalia.

It was based on the Dülmener, from which he hoped to develop a small, attractive riding horse.

His herd was not very big, with no more than roughly 40 mares.

In 1968, the whole herd was sold to a Nordkirchen breeder who used additional pony and small horse blood to enhance the breed’s riding characteristics.

During the 1980s, the herd was split, and the horses were sold to Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia regions, where they eventually became a part of the local populations of German Riding Ponies.

In 1995, several surviving horses were discovered.

The known population has been steady at 20–25 individuals since 1999.

In 2007 there were a total of four stallions and eighteen mares.

According to the red list of the German national organization for endangered domestic animal breeds, the Arenberg-Nordkirchen is in the highest-risk category.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names



Friendly, determined, strong-willed

Physical Characteristics

They have a smooth topline, head is balanced and expressive head, shoulder is sloped.

They are well-shaped and have a muscular croup.


Gray, bay, chestnut, black, dun

Height (size)

13.0 – 13.8 hands high







Blood Type


Common Uses



Durable and healthy

Popular Traits

They possess high endurance, are strong, have smooth gait, and they can cover long distances



Country of Origin



Dülmener (Dülmen pony), semi-feral horses of Münster