Warmbloods are amazing animals. They are some of the most
beautiful horses in the world, with a versatility that is
unbelievable. Warmbloods, unlike what many people think, are
a true breed. All of the studbooks are closed. What this means
is only a horse of that breed can be registered in that studbook.
The only exception is individuals of other breeding that are
deemed to be able to improve the bloodline of the current
breed. This is shown through performance records and the success
of offspring in competition. The recent opening of the Trakhener
studbook is due to a loss in type of modern Trakheners. There
are various types of Warmbloods:
The Hanoverian's originate from Germany. There primary use
is for dressage and show jumping. These horses are mildly
temperamental, with more of a calmness in nature than many
horse breeds. The most common coloring in the Hanoverian are
Chestnut, Bay and Grey.
The Hanoverian Horse is a well built, well put together
horse with much success in the disciplines of dressage and
show jumping. This breed tends to be very versatile.
The Holsteiner originates from Germany, usually reaching
16 to 17 hands. These horses are mildly temperamental and
are used for show jumping, dressage and reining. They tend
to usually be bay in color, but mostly any solid coloring.
Most Hosteiners have a defined canter that tends to be very
expressive, but lacks an impressiveness at the trot. They
are typically well known as excellent jumpers but have made
their imprint on the dressage community.
The Dutch Warmblood's originate from Holland and are very
easy going, typically calm in nature. These good tempered
horses are built well running around 16 to 17 hands. They
are known to excel at whatever discipline they are trained
The Friesians originate from Holland and Germany with the
studbook now kept in Germany, the FPZ. They are mildly temperamental
growing to a huge size of 17 hands. They are primarily used
for Dressage and reining but are sometimes seen on the show
jumping circuit. These horses are also used for trick training,
being widely versatile and very easily trainable. There are
distinct characteristics of the Friesians. Baroque, which
is mainly upright, with higher action and more feathering
with a heavier mane and tail. Traditional, which is heavier
and more drafty usually used for driving, and Sport Horse,
which is used for all types of riding and driving. These horses
are amazing. Very versatile with a very calm temperament for
such an enormous horse.
The Swedish Warmbloods originate from Sweden, obviously.
They will grow to be 16 to 17 hands. The are used for show
jumping, dressage and reining. There coloring is all solid,
predominantly Chestnut. The Swedish Warmbloods are one of
the youngest warmblood breeds , so true "type" is not quite
defined. Mainly having solid movements, with the conformation
and their temperament being highly variable.
The Trakheners originate from Poland and East Prissuia.
They tend to be a little more temperamental than a lot of
other warmbloods. They are used for dressage, jumping and
eventing. Coloring is mainly solid with defined characteristics
of nice movements with good push from behind. They tend to
be a bit stubborn and even difficult at times. Although there
are some very lovely Trakheners. This breed possess a strong
competitive drive owing perhaps to the large amount of Thoroughbred
blood most carry. This is the only studbook still "open" in
an attempt to further refine and define the Trakhener breed.
The Oldenburgs originate from Germany. They grown to the
large size of 16 to 17 hands. These horses are very calm and
loveable. There coloring is solid but any color. They are
primarily used for dressage and jumping. They were the first
studbook with an American Division. Interestingly enough,
all American Warmbloods approved by the ISR are registered
as Oldenburgs, regardless of their actual parentage.
The Andalusians originate from Spain. They are smaller in
height, ranging from 14.3 to 16 hands. They are used for dressage,
bullfighting, parades and trick training. They come in solid
colors, including mulberry. Bay and grey are the most common.
Black and Dun are the least common. Andalusians are classically
styled Baroque horses. They have thick manes and tails and
tend to have high , lofty actions for their size. The Spanish
Olympic Team was comprised entirely of Andalusians for the
Horses are an amazing animal, no matter what the breed or
bloodlines. They love their owners and one forms an attachment
to their horse like no other. I couldn't imagine my life without
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