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Warmblood Horses For Sale – belgian horse
Continental Warmblood horses
The name “warmblood” is given to a particular group of horses. It distinguishes the group from the cold bloods, a group that consists of heavy draught horses like the shire horse, and the hot bloods, a group that consists of refined types such as thoroughbred and Arabian horses.
Continental warmblood horses have been developed using meticulous breeding programs to create athletic horses to be used as competition horses and recreational riding horses. Warmblood horses are bred for performance.The warmblood horse is seen at the top levels in numerous equestrian sports, the warmblood horse excels at show jumping and dressage.
Germany is renowned for breeding warmblood horses and has many warmblood horse registries.
The German Warmblood registries include;
· Bavarian Warmblood
Other European registries include;
· Selle Francais
· Belgian Warmblood
· Dutch Warmblood
· Danish Warmblood
· Austrian Warmblood
· Swiss Warmblood
· Swedish Warmblood
Dutch Warmblood The Dutch warmblood registry is known as the “Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland” which is often abbreviated to KWPN, the translation is “Royal Studbook of the Netherlands”.
The Royal Studbook of the Netherlands has a scrupulous breeding programme; the Dutch warmblood horse is bred for performance along with desirable confirmation and strength. The Royal studbook of the Netherlands has three definitive breeding directions;
· The Harness Horse a superior driving horse bred for performance.
· The Gelder Horse, a multipurpose quality horse bred for performance, which can be ridden and driven.
· The riding horse that is also bred for performance and used for dressage and showjumping. These riding horses are the most popular and make up the bulk of the Dutch Warmblood horses.
If you are looking for a Horse for Sale for either Dressage or Show Jumping Warmblood horses for sale are a very good choice.
The Dutch warmblood horse has no upper height limit. The Dutch warmblood can be bay, black, brown, grey or chestnut, sometimes roan and coloured. The confirmation of the Dutch warmblood will vary depending on the individual’s bloodlines, but it is desirable for all Dutch warmblood horses to have correct confirmation, strength and good looks. Branding in the Netherlands is illegal so all Dutch warmblood horses are micro chipped.
At the end of the Second World War the horses where no longer needed for agricultural work as they had been replaced by motorised machinery such as tractors. Horses became an extravagance rather than a requirement. Since the 1950s continental horses, such as the German Holstein and Hanoverian, were imported to the Netherlands, to change the type of the Dutch horse. This was to meet the needs of the requirement to have a high quality recreational riding horse. The modern Dutch warmblood is still being developed to create a more specific type of horse that excels at showjumping and dressage.
Danish Warmblood Summary
The Danish warmblood is bred for performance; a rigorous and stringent breeding programme is followed to ensure only the best horses are bred from, to develop a top class horse of an international standard. The Danish warmblood horse especially excels at dressage.
There is also an intensive breeding program that is dedicated to the improvement of the showjumping horse, to create a horse that has enhanced jumping capabilities; these horses have a jumping mark on their pedigree, the jumping mark shows the horse has a very high-status ShowJumping pedigree.
The Danish Warmblood characteristics vary depending on the individual horses parentage.The Danish warmblood is a very noble looking horse, usually standing between 15 and 17 hands, Danish warmblood horses have strong muscular bodies and lengthy legs and free movement, the best Danish warmblood horses should have a Thoroughbred outline.The Danish warmblood horse can be any solid colour but are usually bay, black, chestnut or brown. The progeny of approved graded parents will carry the brand depicting a crown over a wave.
The Danish Warmblood breed began using one of the oldest indigenous Danish horse breeds, the Frederiksborg, as a foundation. The foundation mares were bred with warmblood horses from ajacent countries, only the finest horses with superior ancestry were used to create a superior riding horse.
The Danish warmblood registry, as we know it today was formed in 1978, this was due to the amalgamation of the Danish Sport Horse Society and the Danish Light horse Association.
Belgian Warmbloods The Belgian warmblood registry is called the “Belgisch Warmbloed Paard”
translated this reads as the Belgian Warmblood studbook. Belgian warmblood horses are often referred to as “BWP” .
Belgian warmblood horse breeders have taken part in a scrupulous intensive breeding program to develop a horse that has correct confirmation and power that has the ability to excel at dressage and showjumping, in essence the Belgian warmblood horse is bred for performance.The Belgian warmblood is an exceptional showjumping horse.
Today’s Belgian warmblood horse is a model riding horse and a top class sports horse. The Belgian warmblood horse is a top class horse of international quality.
The Belgian warmblood varies in height and build depending on the individual horses parentage.The Belgian warmblood horse usually stands between 15 and 17 hands. Belgian warmblood horses are usually bay, black, grey, brown, chestnut, a small amount are coloured. The Belgian warmblood horse has good looks, a muscular body, correct confirmation and good health.
On many parts of the continent, such as France and Germany, the local horses had been refined to develop a lighter type of riding horse. The Belgian government however, where dedicated to preserve the Brabant, the native Belgian draught horse. Breeders could not use the native mares as a foundation to breed the much wanted lighter riding horses.
In the 1950s horse breeders started to import horses from other parts of Europe to develop the much sought after quality competition and riding horses. As a result the Belgian warmblood horses ancestry is a blend of various continental warmbloods. This makes the Belgian warmblood unique, as no native horses where used as a foundation stock to develop the Belgian warmblood.