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  • AlbTraufgänger

    Helene was the favorite horse of the King of Württemberg Friedrich I and she was dedicated to the Stutendenkmal in Freudental. Helene should not only have been strong enough to carry the full-blooded sovereign, but, after another ascent assistance could no longer be used, also be trained to kneel down to let Frederick I sit down. The already very old mare suddenly became ill in the spring of 1812 and died quickly despite the efforts of the veterinarians. Allegedly, Frederick I had threatened the one who would deliver the message of the horse's death to him, which is why a gardener told him only to eat the horse, do not breathe and breathe, and then conclude that the king was dead must be, even left.

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    • 05/09/2017

  • Natascha

    The mare, who was a memorial here, was at that time the king Frederick I of Württemberg. The poor animal had to deal with the weight of King Frederick, whose waist circumference in ancient times carried strange flowers. After all, Helene was 27 years old and deserves the memorial for the drudgery.

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    • 15/05/2018

  • Natascha

    Two days later, the mare was buried under military honor and in the presence of the entire court service in the Freudentaler Wald. The tombstone, which Frederick I had built for Helene, was removed from the grave of the mare under his successor Wilhelm I and sold. He served until 1961 as a goal post at the entrance of a farm in Löchgau. After he had been bought back and restored by the community Freudental, he was placed in the mare track in Freudental.
    The stone carries a larger inscription with some life data of the horse and a smaller, apparently retroactively attached, in which their former owner is ridiculed:
    Oh, white horse,
    do not go to heaven.
    Will be a question:
    Is your Lord coming?

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    • 13/05/2018

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Best Hikes that include the Highlight ‘Stutendenkmal’

Location: around Freudental, Ludwigsburg, Kraichgau-Stromberg, Karlsruhe District, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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