Kladruber Horse

An aristocrat at first glance, the Kladruber is fully aware of its noble origins. This unique breed is a combination of requirements for a magnificent representational horse with splendid exterior, constitutional endurance, stamina and perfect working qualities.

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Breed characteristics

The Kladruber is a balanced horse of highly noble blood, with a medium-sized to large mild rectangular frame and perfect constitution, harmonious proportions and a prominent Roman facial profile with an expressive large dark eye and small ears. It is characterised by elastic cadenced gaits with a typical high action of its thoracic limbs in trot.

The Kladruber horse is a late-maturing breed, reaching adulthood between 4 to 6 years of age. They are strong and long-lived.

Exterior characteristics


– Dry head with clearly distinct vein contours, a trademark Roman nose and a prominent large dark eye.

– Proportionally long, arched and muscular high-set neck

– Less noticeable but well-formed withers

– Fairly long back with well-linked loins

– Broad and relatively deep chest with steep shoulder blades enabling the typical high action of its front legs

– Rather wide, elliptical or slightly sinewy from behind and well-built croup

– Correct, moderately bony limbs with pronounced dry joints, medium length shin, sometimes with upright pasterns and regularly shaped large and sturdy hooves



Spacious and cadenced, with a typical high action of its thoracic limbs in trot. High-stepping canter.

Utility properties


The breed is characterised by maturing later in life. It is known for its longevity, good fertility, sturdy constitution and adaptability for various environments. They are also easily feedable.

Temperament and personality


Horses are of a lively temperament and composed nature. They gladly comply with their rider and are quick to learn. They are also hardworking and open to work with people.

When comparing the grey and the black variety, we find that black horses are usually shorter with more prominent convex facial profile.

Black horses have dark grey pigmented skin, except for white markings that are pink. Permittable markings include smaller ones on the lower part of the horse’s limbs and on the head, other markings are considered undesirable.

There are three types of the black variety, namely:

    • a charcoal black with a shining properties of its coat and a colour that remains unchanged over the course of the whole year
    • a black horse with no shine
    • a black horse with no shine, that shows a brown or red tint in the black coloured coat during summer months

Mares of different colours – bays and chestnuts – may not be removed from further breeding. Other male horse colours than grey and black are, however, excluded from further breeding.