Dutch Warmblood

Dutch Warmblood photo
Dutch Warmblood stallion performing dressage at the World Cup
Photograph by Fotoimage. License: Public Domain.


The Dutch carry the pride of developing some of the best horse breeds post the end of the Second World War. The Dutch Warmblood is one such breed of horses that are registered with the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands. This horse breed is the result of cross breeding two breeds in order to combine the strength of both the breeds.

The height of the Dutch Warmblood horse is about 15.2 hands though there are a few horses that reach a height of 16 hands. Their expressive head is simple and clean. The neck of these horses is of medium length and not very muscular. The forearms of the Dutch Warmbloods are muscular and they have strong shoulders. The body of these horses has a deep girth and the ribs are well sprung out. The back is long. These horses have strong and sturdy hindquarters. These horses have well formed joints.

The build of the Dutch Warmblood horses is very athletic. These are even tempered creatures that have straight but elastic gaits. The horses that clear the guidelines set by the studbook are often obedient and smart. Horses that have a bad temper and donít conform to the specified standards of movement and temperament will not clear the studbook registration.

15.2 -16 hands

The common coat colors of the Dutch Warmblood horses are brown, black, chestnut, gray or bay. White markings on the coat is a common occurrence and poses no problems for registration.

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These horses have always played an important role in show jumping events. These horses are also used for dressage and eventing. These horses are also used in movies, the most famous one being The Lord of the Rings Trilogy where the Dutch Warmblood Uraeus plays the role of Viggo Mortensonís horse in all the three parts of the movie.

The Dutch Warmblood horses are the result of breeding the native Gronigan breed and Gelderlanders breed in order to produce a horse breed that could combine the strengths of these two breeds. While the former is a heavy weight warmblood, the latter is the lighter variation of the same that was not only a carriage horse but was also used for agricultural purposes.

The Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands, established in the year 1969, is responsible for preserving and promoting this breed.