Georgian Grandes are a relatively new breed that are great for a number of professional horse disciplines. They have a calm personality, but they are also built beautifully and muscularly. Because this is typically a show horse, they are expensive.
Although you can select a Georgian Grande for leisure riding, it is generally not the best horse for this purpose because of the price alone. Their personality and trainability won’t necessarily be an issue for leisure riders, though.
To find out more about Georgian Grandes, read on. In this guide, we tell you all about their lifespan, behavior, and health needs.
Quick Facts About Georgian Grande Horses
|Species Name:||Georgian Grande Horse (Equus ferus cabllus)|
|Care Level:||Expert (because the breed is mostly used for show)|
|Temperament:||Calm, quiet, willing to please, intelligent, alert|
|Color Form:||Black, brown, palomino, roan, champagne, cremello, dun, buckskin, or perlino.|
|Lifespan:||30 – 35 years|
|Size:||1,000 – 1,400 lbs.; 15.2 – 17 hands|
|Diet:||Hay, grass, and feed|
|Minimum Stall Size:||14 x 14 feet, 16 x 16 preferred|
|Stall Set-Up:||Stall with comfortable ground, sturdy walls, and wide opening|
Georgian Grande Horse Overview
The Georgian Grande is a relatively new horse bred that has come about from cross breeding an American Saddlebred, a Friesian horse, and draft horse breeds. The first attempts to make this breed dates back to the 1970s.
The aim of this breed was to create a horse that is saddlebred-like while still maintaining qualities of heavier breeds. The Georgian Grande even comes with a breed registry, which almost recreates the historic saddlebred registry popular in the 20th century.
In order for a horse to classify as a Georgian Grande, it must have parents registered within the Georgian Grande horse registry, or it must include a bloodline blending an American Saddlebred with one of the following horses: Clydesdale horse, Friesian horse, Shire horse, Percheron, Irish draught, or Belgian draft horse.
Georgian Grande horses have a striking appearance. The horse is tall and broad boned, but it also has qualities of saddlebreds that are much more striking, intelligent, and clean. Their build makes them good at jumping with a good extended trot.
As for their personality, they are incredibly easy to train and cooperative. They are known to be alert an intelligent, all while maintaining a calm demeanor. This makes them a great horse of character.
Even though Georgian Grandes are pretty well mannered, they aren’t necessarily the best choice for leisure rides. This is simply because the horse is incredibly expensive. As a result, this is the best breed for multiple equine disciplines.
How Much Do Georgian Grande Horses Cost?
George Grande horses are on the expensive side, especially if they are registered. For example, certain Georgian Grande horses that are no longer licensed and retired are sold for around $15,000.
Georgian Grande horses that are young and well-trained can easily cost $20,000. You can also find Georgian Grande horses under $10,000, but these options are typically not trained or not ideal for breeding purposes.
If you are unsure how much just any old horse costs, most recreational horses cost around $3000. That means that even the cheapest of Georgian Grande horses cost around $2000 more than the most expensive recreational horse.
Typical Behavior & Temperament
In terms of behavior and temperament, Georgian Grandes are incredibly desirable. They are characteristically alert and intelligent. This makes them incredibly easy to train. At the same time, they are cooperative and calm.
Even though Georgian Grandes are typically handled by professionals, even beginners won’t have too much trouble with this breed.
Appearance & Varieties
Georgian Grandes are a highly striking breed. They were bred to have a grand and stylish appearance, as well as carry themselves highly. They have a well-shaped head, including a broad and flat forehead. Their eyes are highly expressive, large, and luminous, making them highly captivating to people.
The neck is well muscled and long. Likewise, the withers are defined and the shoulders sloping. Towards the back of the horse, the hips are broad and round, whereas the legs are straight and hooves sturdy.
One physical characteristic that breeders have especially tried to breed into the Georgian Grande line is the gait. This horse will have an uphill appearance, meaning that the front legs are under the shoulder, allowing the hawks to move with great flexibility. This creates a smooth and elegant gait because of the body.
Georgian Grandes can come in multiple colors. Most notably, they will either be black, brown, palomino, roan, champagne, cremello, dun, buckskin, or perlino.
How to Take Care of Georgian Grande Horses
Taking care of a Georgian Grande is generally not any more difficult than taking care of another saddlebred horse variety. Because of their general healthy and likable disposition, caring for your Georgian Grande horse shouldn’t be that big of a challenge.
Stall Conditions & Setup
One of the most important aspects of taking care of any horse, including a Georgian Grande, is creating the perfect stall and setup. To begin, you need to know where you will stable your horse. This may be inside of a barn or some other enclosure.
Because Georgian Grande horses are on the bigger side, it’s best to go with a stall that is 16 by 16 feet. If you have a smaller Georgian Grande, a stall that is 14 by 14 will do, but we generally recommend going up to the 16 by 16 size.
For the floor, you can try the earth method, but this isn’t necessarily the best option because of water and drainage. You can also use clay stall floors, so long as you put down bedding for urine absorption.
If you are willing to put down a rubber mat or some other deep bedding material, you could also make the floor from concrete, but do not force a horse to stand on bare concrete for a long time.
Stall mats, hay bedding, wood shavings, and recycled newspapers are all ways that you can make the stall ground more comfortable. The bedding will also help to absorb the horse’s urine and waste.
As for the walls, make sure they are very durable. Even though Georgian Grandes are not known to be unruly, you always want your walls to be strong enough to withstand a horse kick.
You may also want to install lights and heating elements to keep your horse in the thermoneutral zone. For horses, the thermoneutral zone is between 41 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in an area with extreme hot or cold weather, invest in some sort of temperature control unit.
Do Georgian Grande Horses Get Along with Other Pets?
As a whole, horses are considered relatively docile, making them a great pet around many other animals. Georgian Grande horses are especially great with other pets. Because they are calm and cooperative, they do not get spooked as easily as some other horses.
If you have other farm animals, the Georgian Grande horse will get along perfectly. The same is typically true of just about any other pet you could have, such as dogs. Socializing them at a young age will almost guarantee that they get along with other pets.
What to Feed Your Georgian Grande Horse
Every horse will have specific diet and nutrition needs, but Georgian Grande horses are similar to saddlebreds in what they require for nutrition. Like many other horses, Georgian Grandes need grass, hay, and feed.
To ensure that your horse’s digestive system works as it should, horses should eat about 10% of its weight a day in hay. For example, a 1,000-pound horse would need to eat 10 pounds of hay a day.
Georgian Grande horses also need constant access to water and grass to graze on, as well as grain for energy. You can always feed Georgian Grandes fruits and fresh vegetables as a treat.
One thing you should never feed a Georgian Grande, or any other horse for that matter, is nightshades. This includes things like potatoes. Nightshades are dangerous to horses, which is why you should not feed them to your horse.
Keeping Your Georgian Grande Horse Healthy
Georgian Grande horses do not require any special care. You would care for this breed just as you would any other horse. For best results, you can tailor your Georgian Grande’s routines to that of a saddlebred since it likely comes with a lot of saddlebred in its blood.
The first step for keeping a Georgian Grande horse healthy is to feed it a proper diet. As we explained above, make sure to feed your Georgian Grande a variety of grass, hay, and feed. If your Georgian Grande is a show horse and competitor, alfalfa hay is best. Don’t forget about water either.
Make sure to exercise your Georgian Grande as well. Provide the horse ample room to run around and exercise on its own. If you expect to compete with this horse, you will need to have it undergo extensive training for best results.
Although Georgian Grandes are considered a healthy breed, you also want to take them for regular checkups. This can ensure that your horse is as healthy as possible. Your vet may even be able to recommend changes to the horse’s diet or exercise in the case that it gets overweight.
Because Georgian Grande horses are so new, their registry aims to build up this breed more and more. In order for a horse to be considered a Georgian Grande, it must be a mixture of a saddlebred and the Friesian horse or other draft horse breeds.
More specifically, breeders must cross a saddlebred with one of the following horse types:
- Friesian horse
- Clydesdale horse
- Shire horse
- Irish draught
- Belgian draft horse
Horses can also be registered as Georgian Grandes if their parents are a saddlebred and a Drum horse or Gypsy Vanner horse mix, but these two horse types must come from their own breed registry and include a proven pedigree.
Within their pedigree, Georgian Grande horses need between 25% and 75% of saddlebred influence.
Are Georgian Grande Horses Suitable for You?
All around, Georgian Grande horses are a great breed because they have quaint personalities with an intelligent nature. At the same time, the horse is highly attractive and incredibly healthy.
This horse is a bit on the expensive side, which is why it is primarily used for competition purposes. This includes dressage, show jumping, and eventing. Although you certainly can have this horse simply for pleasure, it isn’t the most economically sound choice.
For this reason, Georgian Grande horses are best for people looking for a horse for different equine disciplines. On the other hand, you should probably opt for a different horse if you are looking for a leisure riding horse.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.