Hanovere horses were formerly Swedish war horses. Now, they're great dressagers and endurance horses.
During the World War I, hundreds of those fine steed were sent to England and France. They were known as loyal, brave and strong creatures. They made succesful war horses. As they were heavy breed, French crossed them with arabians and thoroughbreds. They became a bit lighter, but not as light as French wanted. But during one battle, about 90 percent of them died. Other ran away, and most were killed. But one day, Polish horse breeder found them. He loved heavier horses and he heard about those strong, brave creatures. He choosen the best ones for breeding, then he bred them to andalusians, belgian drafts and Polish Arabians. One of horses he bred, Brego III, became legendary sire. He gave great dressage horses and also great endurance ones. Brego was bred to andalusian x hanoverian mares. His foals became first ever hanoveres. At first, they were bred only in Poland, but later they became popular also in Germany and other countries.
Look: They look similar to andalusians, lusitanos and iberian horses. They are heavier, though. They must have Roman noses. Their eyes are big, always blue unless splash black or firedance. Their legs are rather average lenght. Too long legs are not only rare, but also huge failure in hanoveres. They should have big, strong hooves.
Uses: unlike most barocco - typed horses they are very good jumpers. But they are also great dressage horses. They move really well and gett high scores at dressage tests. Especially their extended canter is great and expressionfull. They are also quite fast and really endurous. They handle hard terrain very well, so they are great endurance horses. They also can compete in Hanovere races. Well, use depends on horse. But their weakest discipline is western.
Allowed colours: in this breed, all colours are allowed
Allowed eye colors:
Hanoveres ALWAYS HAVE BLUE EYES. A brown eyed hanovere won't be accepted. The only time it can be different is when you either have splash black hanovere (dark green eyes), or black or firedance horse (red eyes always occur in firedance, and can also show in blacks)
In crossbreds, any eye color may occur.
The only - blue eyes aren't boring, however! They can range from greenish blue to purplish blue, so there are many options to choose from. They can also be really light, nearly white, or very dark.
Hanovere can be bred to: