Malopolski Horse

The Malopolski horse is a Polish breed that is known for its strength and athleticism.

As a breed, Malopolski horses are very versatile and able to adapt to various environments.

They are also known for their good temperament.

If you’re thinking of adding one of these horses to your stable, or just want to learn more about this breed, here’s everything you need to know.

Malopolski Horse Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Malopolski horse:

Height (size) 15.5 – 16.5 hands high
Colors Black, bay, brown, chestnut, gray, roan, pinto and appaloosa patterns are seen as well
Country of Origin Poland
Common Uses Cross country, jumping, dressage, pulling traditional carriages and sleigh in the winter, light draft work, field work on steep slopes, general riding

Malopolski Horse Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Malapolski is a Polish warmblooded horse breed that originated in the Polish Malopolska region in the 19th century.

The Malopolski’s roots may be traced back to the 15th century, when local Polish horses were crossed with Oriental horses, especially Arabians, to create a cross that closely resembled its Oriental ancestors in type.

In the late 19th century more Arabian blood and Thoroughbred blood was introduced through Gidran and Furioso-North Star crossbreeding and so an Anglo-Arabian type of a horse was created.

Nonius blood was also added.

The outcome was a well-balanced riding horse.

The stud book for the breed was established in 1963.

According to the results of a research conducted in 2006, there is a significant genetic presence of Thoroughbred bloodlines in the breed today.

Although there has been a general decrease in population since the late 20th century, genetic research indicates that there is still very little risk of inbreeding.

There are two distinct types of the Malopolski horse: the Sadecki (mostly influenced by the Furioso line), and the Dąbrowsko-Tarnowski (mostly influenced by the Gidran line).

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

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Temperament/Personality

Intelligent and calm

Physical Characteristics

Malpolski is a well-balanced horse that can perform well in a variety of disciplines, including jumping, driving, dressage, and cross-country.

It is a lean horse with pronounced muscles.

The head has a straight profile and it is well proportioned.

The neck is elegant and long.

The withers are prominent, and the chest is broad and deep.

The shoulders are sloped and long, and the back is strong.

The croup is slightly sloping.

The legs are slim, but strong and well-muscled.

The hooves are hard, and they can often go barefoot.

Their movements are smooth, harmonic and powerful.

The coat in the summer is very shiny and short.

Mane and tail are abundant, yet elegant.

The breed has many similarities with another Polish breed, the Wielkopolski.

Colors

Black, bay, brown, chestnut, gray, roan, pinto and appaloosa patterns are seen as well.

Some have a golden sheen, resembling Akhal-Teke horses.

Height (size)

15.5 – 16.5 hands high

Stallions

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Weight

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Blood Type

Warm

Common Uses

Cross country, jumping, dressage, pulling traditional carriages and sleigh in the winter, light draft work, field work on steep slopes, general riding

Health

Immune to infections

Popular Traits

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Feeding/Diet

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Country of Origin

Poland

Ancestors

Local horses, Arabian, Thoroughbred, Furioso-North Star, Gidran, Nonius