Owing to the ever increasing estimation in which the Oldenburg horse is held in the markets of the world, a large number of enquiries have been received concerning the manner in which it is bred and reared. For this reason, it seems justifiable to write a small book, compiled from original manuscripts and other authentic sources, (at the same time leaving out anything that does not fully bear on the subject in hand), to enable the horse breeders, who live outside our blue and red boundary-posts, to form some idea as to the origin of the race and also the circumstances under which the Oldenburg horse lives; as well as to give the desired information, in condensed form, as to situation, kind of soil and agricultural conditions of the neighbourhood in which this horse is bred.
In the first place, the Oldenburg was the original breed that brought the German coach horse into notice abroad, unfortunately sometimes to the detriment of its name and also that of its breeders. Lately, however, it has been possible to alter this adverse opinion, especially since the Oldenburg "Karossier" (literally translated "State Coach Horse") has appeared at all the principal Shows at home and abroad and has gained universal admiration from breeders in general. The principal object of this little book is to extend the knowledge of the value and sphere of usefulness of our beloved "Oldenburgs" throughout the world.
Those however, who having read these pages and have become sufficiently interested to wish to visit us and see for themselves, may be assured that they will receive a "hearty welcome", not only from our officials but from all the breeders in the country.