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Originating in Lower Silesia at the end of the late 19th century, the Silesian horse is a rare European breed. It was famed at first as a powerful carriage and light draught horse, capable of carrying out a range of agricultural and military tasks. Today, breeders also produce a second Silesian type that is a successful racer and saddle horse. Breeders who sell a Silesian may also call it by one of its other names, including Ślůnski kůń, Koń śląski and Ślaski. Equestrians considering whether to buy a Silesian will find that it is a lively yet even-tempered horse with excellent paces.

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Silesian, Gelding, 8 years, 16.2 hh, Black Driving
PL-55-140
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€20,000
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Silesian, Stallion, 9 years, 16.1 hh, Black
F: LOTHARIO | MF: HUTOR
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PL-08-130
Kotuń
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Silesian, Stallion, 9 years, 16.1 hh, Black
F: LOTHARIO | MF: HUTOR
Driving
PL-08-130
Kotuń
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Silesian, Gelding, 7 years, 16 hh, Leopard-Piebald
F: BIRKUT | MF: BRAWO
Dressage - Jumping
PL-86-031
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zł60,000
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Silesian, Stallion, 3 years, 16.1 hh, Black Dressage - Leisure - Driving
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€9,400
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Silesian, Mare, 15 years, 16 hh, Gray
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Reiterhotel Vox GmbH Co KG
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Eggermühlen OT Bockraden
€8,250
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Silesian, Gelding, 8 years, 16.2 hh, Black Driving
Stadnina Koni Dębno S J
PL-55-140
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Silesian, Gelding, 10 years, 15.2 hh, Gray-Dapple Leisure - Driving
Christian Pferdehandlung Kürschner
DE-99628
Buttstädt
price range €5,000 to €10,000
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Silesian Mix, Gelding, 4 years, 16 hh, Gray-Dark-Tan Dressage - Leisure - Driving
DE-03149
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€8,500
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Silesian, Mare, 7 years, 16 hh Jumping - Breeding - Leisure
PL-09-400
Płock
zł21,600
~ $4,927 Negotiable
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Silesian, Mare, 1 year, Bay-Dark
F: Atom | MF: HUTOR
Breeding - Leisure - Driving - Dressage
PL-59-900
Studniska Dolne
zł12,000
~ $2,737 Negotiable
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Silesian, Mare, 6 years, 16.1 hh, Bay-Dark
F: PALERMO | MF: LIDER
Driving - Breeding - Leisure
PL-99-416
Nieborów
€9,000
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Silesian, Mare, 2 years, 15.1 hh, Black Leisure
DE-14554
Seddiner See
€7,000
~ $7,542 Negotiable
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Silesian, Mare, 2 years, 15.1 hh, Black Leisure
DE-14554
Seddiner See
€7,000
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Silesian, Stallion, 2 years, Bay-Dark Driving - Breeding - Leisure - Dressage
PL-55-140
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price range €2,500 to €5,000
price range ~$2,694 to $5,387
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Silesian, Gelding, 3 years, Black Driving - Leisure - Dressage
PL-55-140
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price range €5,000 to €10,000
price range ~$5,387 to $10,774
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Silesian, Gelding, 4 years, 15.3 hh, Black Leisure
DE-55270
Sörgenloch
€8,900
~ $9,589 Negotiable
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Silesian, Mare, 14 years Driving - Hunter under saddle - Endurance - Dressage
PL-43155
Bierun
zł35,000
~ $7,983 Negotiable
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Silesian, Mare, 2 years, 14.3 hh, Black
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Leisure
PL-56-400
Oleśnica
zł22,000
~ $5,018 Negotiable
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Silesian, Gelding, 4 years, 16 hh, Black Gaited
PL-56-400
Oleśnica
zł30,000
~ $6,843 Negotiable
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Silesian, Gelding, 6 years, Brown Driving
PL-58-310
Wałbrzych
price range €15,000 to €25,000
price range ~$16,161 to $26,935
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Silesian, Mare, 5 years, 16 hh, Gray
F: ADMIRAŁ EX ALBERT | MF: ELTON
Driving - Breeding
PL-99-416
Nieborów
€7,200
~ $7,757
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Use and characteristics of the Silesian

Silesians of the original, or old type, have height standards of between 15.2 (62 inches/158 cm) and 16.2 hands (66 inches/168 cm) for mares. Stallions are an inch (2.54 cm) taller. This type has a powerful chest and sturdy cannon bones. They are still excellent carriage horses, and riders also often buy a Silesian of the old type as a strong weight-carrying saddle horse. The new type is finer, with mares and stallions standing two inches (5 cm) taller than the old type. A recent Wroclaw University project investigating the breed helped to raise interest for breeders intending to sell a Silesian.

Origin and history of breeding Silesians

The Silesian horse is now known as the “old type” emerged late in the late 19th century. Oldenburg and East Friesian stallions were bred to local Silesian mares with the intention of producing a fast, strong horse that would be a good all-rounder. The breed programme was highly successful, and the bay, dark bay and black Silesian horses were soon very much in demand. The Silesian quickly established its reputation as one of the best medium weight harness horses in Europe. The horses combined elegance with strength and health, working hard and thriving without the need for high protein feed. The Silesian horse is designated a “warmblood”, which reflects the fact that it has “hot blood” (from Arabian, Barb and Turkoman type horses) as well as ancestry from the “cold blooded” draught horses of Europe. The breed was as popular with farmers and landowners as it was with the military, who used Silesian horses for their artillery. Their home region of Silesia has been one of the most contested areas of land in Europe and has suffered greatly in various European conflicts. The breed nearly disappeared after WWII but was saved by the importation of Oldenburg stallions and, later, Thoroughbreds. During the Communist era, breeding was under the control of state-run farms and studs, and Silesians were the mainstays of agricultural life. However, problems arose with maintaining the height of the horses when pony-sized animals like huculs and koniks were added to the mix. As mechanisation increased, Silesians were under threat again, but the emergence of the new riding type resulted in increased interest from countries beyond central and eastern Europe. This was greatly assisted by the fact that whatever the political circumstances, the breeders of Silesian horses are true enthusiasts with great knowledge and skill. They have stuck by their horses throughout immense social and cultural changes.

Silesian horses in equestrianism

From the 1970s onward, increasing interest in carriage driving as part of the cultural heritage of Poland helped to save the old type of Silesian. They are now very popular further north in Poland and do extremely well in international driving classes. The new type, which has emerged since the 1970s, is also proving very a good option for producing hunter-type horses.

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