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The Warmblood Horse

The Warmblood Horse

Black Warmblood Horse

History, Origins and Use of The Warmblood Hose Breed.

Warm bloods are medium weight horses with characters ranging in the mean range of two extremes – the properties of cold blooded horses and the traits of hot blooded horses.

Origin of The Warmblood Horses

Horses used for agricultural purposes were mated with hot blood horses to improve their overall characteristics. Hot bloods include lightweight race horses like the Thoroughbred and the Arabian horse. This mating resulted in the production of warm blood horses. They originated in continental Europe or more specifically in Germany. Some examples of German warmbloods include the Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Oldenburg, Rhinelander and Bavarian warm blood. Other European states harbor warmbloods too. Scandinavia is home to the Finnish and the Swedish warmblood. All of them have evolved from an ancestral stock of heavier warmbloods – The Rottaler and The Ostfriesen.

History of The Warmblood Horses

An example of how the warmblood has evolved over the years can be found in the history of the Oldenburg horse. In the nineteenth century it was cross bred for a heavy and strong frame – this physique would help it draw carriages. In the 2000’s it performed the function of an artillery and ranch horse after being cross bred again to generate more need compatible variants. In recent years, efforts are being made to convert it into a prolific race horse. The warmblood has received registrations from open studbooks and is qualified in studbook selections. However, leading equine associations are still finicky while considering it for recognition as a true breed. Warm blood horses are still not regarded a true breed by technical equine experts.

Use of The Warmblood Horses

  • During old times, warmbloods were used for agricultural purposes.
  • The old warmbloods were heavier and were used as family horses.
  • Warmbloods in the post war era were extremely popular as recreational riding horses.
  • They have been used for mounting cavalry during wars.
  • They are used for combined driving – carriages drawn by horses which are controlled by one to two horsemen. 
  • They are used in equestrian sports for show jumping, eventing and dressage.

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