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Silesian (or Kon slaski, or Slunski kun) horses are warmbloodedrnhorses from the area of historic Silesia, which lies mostly within modernrnPoland. They are the heaviest of the Polish warmblood breeds, and have beenrninfluenced mainly by Thoroughbred and Oldenburg horses, and partly by EastrnFriesian and German halfbreds. The Oldenburg influence was particularlyrnpronounced after World War II, when imported stallions were used to keep thernbreed from becoming extinct. Two types are recognised in the breed standard, anrnold and a new. rnrn 

rnrnAt 3 years old, stallions of the old type stand 160 - 170rncentimetres (15.3 -16.3 hands) at the withers, mares about 2 cm less; the girthrnis 190 - 210 cm (75 - 83 in), and the cannon-bone circumference about 23 - 24rncm. The new or racing type is taller and lighter, stallions standing 164 - 170 cmrn(16.1 - 16.3 hands) at the withers and mares about 2 cm less; the girthrnmeasures 185 - 200 cm and the cannon-bone 21.5 - 23 cm. Stallions average 650rnkg (1,430 lb), mares 600 kg. The current stud-book dates from 1961; registersrnfor this type of horse have been kept since the late 19th century. In 2008 thernbreed numbered about 5000.

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