Horses: an underestimated economic factor in the Lower Rhine

Wesel district / Cliff district.
In Whistle County, people and horses feed off one another: cyclists and breeders are often an underestimated economic factor in the area. profile.

Are horses an economic factor? They are, says Ludwig Hermanns of the Area Breeders Center – and that’s a rarity. “Statistically, one job counts as two and a half horses,” he explains. and: “Whisel and Cliff counties are the strongest regions for horse owners nationwide.” 8,587 animals are registered in the Whistle region alone, because for every horse that needs an equine passport, there are 1,107 registered horse owners. There are about 350 educators in each of Whistle and Cliff counties.

The landscape is undergoing a transition, away from rural breeding, towards multiple hobby breeders on the one hand and a few professional breeders on the other. This has an effect: there are fewer offspring in the stables. Therefore, the region’s horse-breeding clubs Wessel and Cliff presented a joint mare and pony show in Sunspeake for the first time.

Many people make a living from producing and selling accessories

Mathematically, how can two and a half horses feed one person? “Many hobby owners and breeders need feed, bedding and accessories, and buy and sell horses,” explains Jörg Zahn, president of the Wessel Region Horse Breeding Association. They need appropriate riding clothing and equipment. “And they obviously value it a little more than the boys. An economic factor that agricultural trade has now discovered for itself: while in the past there was only fodder, today most markets offer a comprehensive range of products for everything related to horses. There are also veterinarians, farriers and others who make a living of horse breeding.

“Some farmers have given up farming and turned their stables into indoor horses,” Baumeister explains. There are common farms that provide boxes and raise them themselves. “Not many jockeys live in the Wesel region, but they do have their recreational horses here,” explains breeding consultant Ludwig Hermanns. The buyback business gives farms a solid income.




Choose the right product – the breeders center in the region will help you

Most foals are not conceived naturally, but through artificial insemination. Stallions offer the coveted semen—warm blood costs 800 to 2,000 euros, and a foal is produced for 400 to 600 euros, according to Zahn and Baumeister. In the region, for example, there is the Schulte stallion station in Hünxe, Stücker in Weeze, Krüsterhof Hinnemann in Voerde, and during the season there is Warendorf State Station with its station in Goch. Here horse breeders can choose the right stallion for their mare, and the horse breeder center will advise.


In addition to hobbyists and breeders, there are some professionals who breed on a larger scale. Modern “production” takes peculiar forms in the case of valuable mares: the mother no longer gives birth to her foal, and the fetus is transferred and transferred to another mare. A surrogate mother system brings benefits to the breeder: If the brood is an athletic horse, it can continue to compete. If she has high-quality genes, she can give the breeder up to five foals per year in this way. A development that horse breeding clubs regard as slight annoyance. Jörg Zahn and Johannes Baumeister don’t comment further, but say it’s nothing for them. Ludwig Hermanns believes this practice is shameful: the animals do not suffer, but the breeding in rural areas declines further.

Big price range when selling ponies

In any case, the embryo transfer process is not for a hobby breeder: the sperm, the mare transfer, the vet and everything that comes with it costs about 10,000 euros per foal.

When looking at the horse as an economic factor, it is not in the least about selling animals. Breeding shows, such as those at Sonsbeck, evaluate their merits. When asked about an online campaign, Ludwig Hermanns stated that a dowry was recently sold for €67,000. Young horses classified as less valuable still cost 7000 or 8000 euros. “It’s a wide price range,” Hermans says. It is very optimistic for Kreis-Weseler and Kreis-Klever breeders. On the show, he discovered famous scouts for buyers from the audience. “There were high-quality animals, and I’m sure some foals will change hands at very satisfactory prices.”

Regardless of the economic factor, the show also showed that these are very live creatures. The mare, separated from her foal, refused to cooperate with the presentation. One foal, perhaps first moved and away from his home stable, protested painfully. She put a hoof on her captain’s nose in excitement.


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