Warmblood Horses

I absolutely love warmblood horses. I like the fact that they are robust in their build. They tend to be tall in stature, and I like that as well. I also like the fact that they have some “get up and go,” but they don’t tend to be hot. This is a breed of horse I would love to own someday!

Warmbloods originally are from Europe. It turns out that when warriors came back to Europe from the Middle East and Africa with the more hot-blooded Arabian horses that they captured in battle, they would breed their larger heavier war horses with the lighter, faster and fiery tempered hotbloods from the Mongolian steppes. The results, in my opinion, were magic! Together these breeds created agile, quick horses with wonderful temperaments and that sturdy build I love.

Out of all this breeding came some other amazing breeds like the the Hanoverian, the Holsteiner, the Westphalian, the Oldenburg and the Trakehner. I’ve ridden my trainer’s Trakehner and while she can be a little hot, she’s a sweet horse and a true athlete.

Characteristics of Warmblood Horses

Warmbloods may have a stocky build but their heads and bodies are smaller than drafts. They’re usually not as excitable as hot-blooded horses, which makes them generally popular as all-round riding horses and even for light work.

Years ago, warmbloods were bred so they could work on farms. But when horses were no longer needed to do that work (since farm machinery was invented), breeders started trying to breed horses that would be large and beautiful with great movement and temperaments.

Warmbloods are very popular competition horses. You’ve probably seen them at horse shows, and many times they are in the ribbons! They are popular in Olympic sporting events such as jumping and dressage. You may have seen Hanoverians in particular in eventing. Did you know what some of the American breeds like the Quarter horse, Tennessee Walking horse and Palomino all originally came from Arabians being bred with draft horses?

I would really love to ride a Warmblood. How about you? I’ve told my parents they are great horses and just hope we find one when I finally get my horse.

Why are they so expensive?

Here’s the tough part. Warmblood horses can be one of the most expensive types of horses you can buy. Some well-trained, well-bred ones can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sometimes even young ones sell for lots of money when they come from a good bloodline and have great potential.

Why do they cost so much? One reason is that they aren’t usually ridden until age four or five - and you have to feed and care for them until then. (It’s not inexpensive to do that!) Also, because they can be valuable they may be kept somewhat isolated from other horses. To develop a truly great warmblood can take years of training and care, and that all adds up.

Ever wonder why you hear so many different names for warmbloods, like Dutch or Swedish or Danish? That’s because they are named for the countries where they are bred and their studbooks are kept.