Dutch Warmblood: The Dutch Warmblood is a product of the Netherlands, created to fulfill the need for a competition horse. A blend of the horses of the groningen province in the north and those of gelderland, the province that lies between apeldoorn and Arnhem, near the border of germany.
The breeders intended to combine the best characteristics of each breed and then the resulting offspring were further refined with the introduction of the Thoroughbred blood.
This resulted in athletic horses, with good sloping shoulders, giving them a flatter and longer action as well as longer necks and shorter backs than the native Dutch breeds.
The addition of the thoroughbred blood also improved the Dutch horses' scope and stamina. Dutch farmers earned their living with horses, so strict breeding practices have long been used.
Other related Warmbloods, such as the Oldenberger and the Hanoverian, were used to clarify some minor conformation details and to emphasize the desirable calm temperament. The Dutch horses average about 16.2 hands with some reaching 17+ hands high.
Coat colors are chestnut, bay, black or gray with white markings often on the face and legs. The dutch warmblood excels at show jumping and dressage. Like many warmbloods they are limited at cross country, this is countered by cross breeding whith thoroughbreds.
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