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.
Dutch Warmblood Horses
The Dutch warmblood horse
- or really any kind of warmblood horse - are a popular breed for dressage and show jumping in the highest level. They fall under the category of competitive and recreational horse, but I'd just call them gorgeous. Wouldn't you?
History of the Dutch Warmblood
Dutch Warmblood horses were first bred in the 1960s before World War II. This breed evolved from two native Dutch horses – the Gelderlander and the Groningen.
Gerlderlander horses from central Holland were stylish, of medium stature, and often chestnut with white markings. On the other hand, Groningen horses from the north were larger, heavier and most often black in color.
So you can see how these two horse breeds came together to make the horses you see today! Dutch Warmblood horses now are usually long-legged (good for jumping!), attractive and have a rectangular frame. Their colors are mostly brown, black, chestnut, bay or grey, and white markings are very common.
They are sensitive and cooperative which is why they were ranked #1 in jumping by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFHS) in 2010.
And there's more… a Dutch Warmblood was part of the very successful Lord of the Rings trilogy!
American Warmblood Horse
Dutch warmbloods are well known, but there are also American warmbloods.
Similar to their Dutch counterpart, American warmblood horses are
primarily involved in dressage, show jumping, eventing and driving. They
evolved from Thoroughbreds (hot-blooded horses) and Draft horses
(cold-blooded) and are known to be more distinct.
stand 15 to 17 hands high, have solid colors with a willing yet calm
personality. If you have been to a top-rated show you've probably seen
one of these horses. They are often in the winner's circle!
the US, there are two registries that recognize this breed – the
American Warmblood Society and the American Warmblood Registry.
German Warmblood Horse
there's more! There are German Warmblood horses too. These horses
originated from Germany but are not exactly considered as a breed as
they are often bred with other warmbloods, Anglo-Arabians, Thoroughbreds
The German Warmblood horses are recognized by the German Horse Breeding Society.
Dutch Warmblood Organizations
Dutch Warmblood horses are recognized by the following organizations:
- KWPN - The KWPN is one of the largest Warmblood studbooks in the world and has consistently placed at the top of the world rankings for jumping and dressage.
- KWPN-NA - The Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America was established as the North American Department of the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN) in order to promote breeding and enjoyment of the KWPN horse in North America.
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