“ Animal Species: Horses „
The Dutch Warmblood is a relatively new breed which combines the best elements of the Gelderland and Groningen along with Thoroughbred, Trakhener and Oldenburg blood. Thoroughbred blood was added to increase speed and add quality, refinement and courage but breeders have been careful to maintain the calm and sensible warmblood temperament.
The Netherlands has always had a good reputation for the breeding of animals and the breeding of the Dutch Warmblood is monitored by the state-aided Warmbloed Psardenstamboek Nederland. Stallions have to pass a rigorous testing process to be allowed to breed which maintains a high standard of selective breeding. The stallions are judged on their temperament, athletic ability and aptitudes, intelligence, conformation and movement. They also have their lower legs and hooves x-rayed to prevent hereditary faults. Mares are also tested.
The Dutch Warmblood usually has a well built head with a wide forehead attached to a muscular, well set on neck that is in proportion to the body. The chest is normally broad and deep and the shoulder sloping. They have a straight back, powerful quarters and a well set tail. The legs should be strong and clean, with good joints and well shaped, hard feet. They are often extremely attractive and have a free flowing, extravagant action. They can be grey, chestnut, bay or black and stand between 15.3hh and 16.3hh in height.
Dutch Warmbloods excel in high level dressage and show jumping and the ones that I have dealt with have had lovely kind temperaments.