The Royal Dutch Warmblood Horses
We offer talented Dutch warmblood horses for sale and we are specialized in training top bred KWPN warmblood horses for international jumping, show jumping, equitation and dressage. The Dutch Warmblood is a "warmblood sporthorse" breed. Warmblood simply distinguishes this type of horse from the "cold bloods" (draft horses) and the "hot bloods" (Thoroughbreds and Arabs). Sporthorse refers to the intended use of the breed - as a competitive and recreational horse for the major international equestrian disciplines.
Most warmblood "breeds" are continuing to evolve. In fact, they are not "breeds" in the sense that Thoroughbreds, Arabs, Morgans, and Saddlebreds are breeds - they do not have "closed studbooks". "Outside blood" is taken into the gene pool now and then to reap the benefits of hybrid vigor, and to speed and improve the evolutionary process of attaining the "Breeding Goal" of the particular studbook. The Dutch warmblood horse is no exception. The Dutch warmblood horse is a modern sport horse derived from the selective breeding of German warmblood, Belgian warmblood, French warmblood and English warmblood horses crossed with the native Dutch stock. The main Dutch breeds in the last century were the Gelderlander of Southern Holland, and the Groninger of Northern Holland. The Groninger was the same horse as the early German Oldenburgs, and similar to the present Danish Oldenbourg. Over the last 200 years there have been frequent infusions of "foreign" blood - from France, Hannover, East Prussia, England, as well as Arab and Thoroughbred blood.
The changes over the generations have reflected the needs of the times; carriage horses, war horses, farm horses, transportation, recreation. The "Modern Dutch Warmblood Horse" is a recreation horse. A recreation horse might have one or several roles, a "specialist" in some competitive equestrian discipline like dressage, jumping, driving, or endurance riding, or a safe, pleasant, and attractive "backyard horse" for trail and ring riding and perhaps driving, vaulting, quadrille, etc.
Dutch warmblood horses are famous for their character, soundness and athletic ability and are international winners under the flags of many different nations in international competitions and Olympic Games.
Dutch Warmblood horses usually stand over 16 hands, with some reaching 17 hands. The most predominant colors are bay and chestnut, but blacks and grays are also seen. White markings on the face and legs are common. The head is refined, usually with a straight profile. The neck is long and arched, meeting fairly prominent withers. The shoulder is well-sloped and the girth is deep, with plenty of heart room. The forelegs are strong, with well-muscled forearms. The hindquarters are powerful and the hock joints are low to the ground. These factors combine to give great power to the "engine" of the Dutch Warmblood.
There are differences in the presence and the action between the sport horse, the harness horse and the Gelderland type,. The sport horse is bred to perform in dressage and jumping. The harness horse has a proud, high head carriage and high knee action. The Gelderland has retained more of the qualities of a light draft horse.
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