Today’s Horse Facts: The Danish Warmblood
(All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)
Today’s fascinating horse has not been around for hundreds of years like many of the other breeds. The Danish Warmblood has only been around since about the 1950s or 60s. Before we take our T/F quiz, let’s quickly review the difference between a warm blooded and cold blooded horse, which has nothing to do with their body temperatures. A warm blooded horse is generally lighter in weight, more sensitive, high-spirited horse that loves to compete, especially in dressage and jumping classes. A cold blooded horse is usually defined as a tall, heavy animal such as the Shire, the Clydesdale or the Friesian. These horses have been mostly bred to become very strong to do farm work and the hauling of heavy loads. Cold blood horses don’t usually participate in classic sports but are shown in classes such as cart races. Okay, now that you have warm bloods and cold bloods straight, let’s take our T/F quiz and see how much you know about the Danish Warmblood:
- The first Danish Warmbloods were a cross between Thoroughbreds and stock from a place in Denmark called Frederiksborg.
- The Danish Warmblood is known as the modern sport horse breed of Denmark.
- This breed has become very popular in the U.S.A.
- This breed can be any color.
- The Danish Warmblood is a small horse about 15 hands tall.
- They are shown mostly in pulling competition.
- They are very high spirited and hard to handle.
- They have a build similar to a Thoroughbred.
- Danish Warmblood foals that have approved pedigrees may receive a brand with a crown over a wave.
- This breed is also excellent for cross country competition.
Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:
- F But in 2001, the North American Danish Warmblood Assoc. was started to promote the breed in the U.S.A.
- F They must be solid colors.
- F They are usually between 16.2 and 17 hands.
- F They are usually shown in dressage and jumping classes.
- F They are high spirited, but they have excellent temperaments.
So, what do you think of the beautiful breed, the Danish Warmblood? If you’d like to learn more about this horse and more about warm and cold bloods, go to:
BLUE RIBBON CHAMP
BOOK SIX in The Keystone Stables Series
A blue-ribbon horse and a boy with Down syndrome teach Skye the meaning of love. Joey Klingerman is one of the most loving kids you could ever meet, but Skye would welcome a lot less of his affection. This is Joey’s second summer at Keystone Stables, and the outgoing boy has latched onto Skye as his ‘girlfriend.’ Skye finds his attention embarrassing and frustrating. To add to the frustration, Joey won’t stop pestering Skye to let him ride her horse, Champ. Skye won’t even consider it. No one rides Champ but her.
What does God want her to learn about loving others—including Joey? With the Snyder County Horse Show drawing near, Skye is about to find out.