17th Oct, 2013

Warm Bloods for Denver Horse Properties: Born to Accomplish Aims

Denver horse properties are speckled with a type of horse referred to as “warm bloods.”  Distinguished from “cold bloods” and “hot bloods,” these horses feature a mixture of traits bred to accomplish particular goals.  Today, warm bloods are most frequently used for sport, for show jumping and dressage, combined driving, eventing, and riding the trails.

Warm bloods usually embody a combination of the quickness and agility of the hot bloods with the larger build and mild temperament of cold bloods.  The cold bloods–heavy draft horses such as the Budweiser horses–contrast sharply with the Thoroughbred and Arabian hot bloods.  The warm blood breeds are not a combination of these two.  They rather assume very particular breeding lines, all depending on what the horses need to accomplish.

Warm bloods are judged by stud book selection, the use of external evaluation, versus the more traditional ancestral pedigree.  Owners of Denver horse properties, consequently, select warm bloods for stud usage based on performance.  This is how equestrians achieve a breeding aim such as a successful sport horses to use, let’s say, for Olympic competitions.

The breeding aim depends on market demand.  Some areas of the nation do reenactments and there are the Canadian mounted horsemen.  These horses are bred to fit those needs.

Originating in Europe, the most well-known of the warm bloods came out of Germany.  The Hanoverian, Oldenburg, and purebred Trakehner are among them.  The Oldenburg, for example, was developed during the 1800s as an elegant, high-stepping carriage horse.  As needs changed, these stronger breeds were used for carrying artillery and farm work.  At this point, the warm blood is a popular sport horse.  The Hanoverian is currently popular for eventing.

Cowboys use warm bloods.  They were foundational to the activities of the American West.  They are perfect for roping, cutting, and herding cattle.  The Quarter horse, Tennessee Walking horse, and Palomino breeds were all established through the combining of certain attributes of the cold bloods and hot bloods.

Horses traditionally used for light agricultural work were also purposefully bred with specific characteristics.  After World War II, tractors replaced most of the agricultural horses in the United States.  The warm bloods moved on to a new era:  recreation.  Warm bloods are perfect for recreational equine activities such as horseback riding, 4-H, and for combined driving.  And here we are back on our Denver horse properties touting the versatility, agility, and endurance of our equine friends.

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