Frederiksborg Horse

Frederiksborg Horse photo
Frederiksborg Horse close up showing white markings and chestnut coloring typical of the breed
Photograph by Pia Gaarslev. Some rights reserved.


The Frederiksborg Horse breed is the oldest horse breed in Denmark. During the Baroque and Renaissance periods, these horses were considered to be a mark of luxury. The horses of this breed are amongst the most handsome horses in the world. The horses of this breed are sturdy and attractive. They are versatile creatures too.

These horses of the Frederiksborg breed have a well proportioned head that has either a straight or slightly convex profile. Their beautiful eyes are large and expressive. These horses have pointed ears. The neck is well proportioned too. The neck which has a moderate length is well muscled and slightly arched. The withers of the horses in this breed are well defined, wide and muscular. The full chest of this horse that is set high is deep. The muscular shoulders are slightly sloping. The short back is straight and the rounded croup is wide. The legs of the Frederiksborg horses are strong and muscular. The joints are broad and the tendons are well defined. They have a good bone structure. The small feet are tough and strong.

These horses are very elegant creatures and are reliable. The gait of this breed is powerful and expressive. These horses have an even temperament and are calm creatures.

The most common coat color of this breed is chestnut. Palomino, gray, bay and buckskin are the other coat colors that can be found today.

Suitable for
Many years ago, these horses were used for military purposes. From the 17th to the 19th century, the horses of this breed were used to develop the quality of the other horse breeds. These horses are used to pull carriages. Since they are reliable and docile creatures, they make a perfect mount for children. They are also used in various competitions like dressage, combined driving and show jumping.

The Frederiksborg horses from Denmark are one among the oldest breeds. These horses can be traced back to the Royal Stud of Frederiksborg that was founded in 1562. These horses gained immense popularity in just a few years and the Danes began importing them to various countries in the world. This also led to the depletion in the number of horses of this breed in Denmark itself. The breed began to show a downward trend and the royal studbook had to shut its doors in 1839. Only a few breeders stayed true to the breeding of these horses.

In 1939, efforts were reinitialized to revive this breed and they were cross bred with horses of many other breeds. The number of horses in existence today is still very low.