Today’s Horse Facts: The American Warmblood

The American Warmblood: Not a Cold Spot in his Heart

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Here’s another American original with his roots as late as the 1980s!  The American Warmblood is usually between 15 and 17 hands high, weighs 1,350 pounds, which is 325 pounds heavier than the average horse breed, and may come in any color, though the solid colors are the most common. All kinds of horses can be registered as American Warmbloods as long as they are of a sport horse or warmblood type. No pure hotbloods or coldbloods can be included in this exclusive club. So what’s a “warmblood type?” And how about a hotblood and a coldblood?

If you go shopping for an American Warmblood, you’d look for a horse that has the registry standards of draft horses (coldbloods), Arabians, and Thoroughbreds (both hotbloods). In other words, the Warmblood is a combination of the three.

Let’s take a time-out and make sure we understand the difference between coldbloods and hotbloods.

Coldbloods are your power horses, those big guys who pull really heavy loads like tree trunks for loggers, plow fields, or plod with a stagecoach behind them in a parade. “The Big Four of the Draft World,” Belgians, Percherons, Shires, and Clydesdales, have the reputation of not only strength but also a laid-back, gentle disposition.

Hotbloods like the Arabians and Thoroughbreds are the complete opposite. They jump at the chance to run fast, have a high-spirited temperament, and, although they’re loyal, can be spooked easily. Hotbloods set their sights on the finish line and chafe at the bit to get there.

Now, back to our Warmblood. He has no major health issues and is usually alert, calm yet energetic, obedient, and eager to please. In other words, he’s just a nice guy. He’s also a multi-tasker. You might buy this breed to ride in dressage, general riding, jumping, or mounted athletics activities; yet, the breed is a very popular draft horse, seen in harness in parades and show competitions.

Wow, a horse so trustworthy, you can sit in a wagon and let him pull you around the countryside or down a noisy street in a parade? There’s a reason he’s called a Warmblood. He’s tender, and he aims to please the folks who love him. In other words, he doesn’t have a cold spot anywhere in his heart.

How about you? Would your friends and family consider you “warm-blooded?” Are you kind and gentle to those around you, or are you a complainer? Do you try your best to please others like the American Warmblood, or do you lose your temper when you don’t get your own way?

This horse has a “warm” servant’s heart and wants to do the best job he can. Maybe you never thought about the condition of your heart before. If it’s “warm,” you’ll try hard to please your family and friends … with a good attitude. However, if there’s a cold spot in your heart, big or small, perhaps it’s time to ask God to help you get rid of anything in your heart that would cause you to disappoint Him and others. The best way to start is to read and study God’s Word. Then God can change you from the inside out.

“May my heart be blameless toward your decrees, that I may not be put to shame.”

(Psalm 119:80 NIV)

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to have a “warm” heart toward others. Help me to love my family and friends and put their interests ahead of mine. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP!   (What would God have you do now?)

List some things you could do for your family and friends to show them and God you have a “warm” heart. _______________________________________________________________


Take your ride: (Do you know?) Hot blooded horses have lighter bodies and a passion to run more than other breeds, which makes them ideal race horses. But they’re often high strung or fiery tempered. Thoroughbreds and Arabians are the only recognized hot blooded breeds. Cold bloods are large, gentle horses and are descendants of the ancient European breeds used for farming, hauling and other types of heavy work. Draft horses, Friesians, and Haflingers are members of the cold blooded family.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalms 139:23-24).


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Today’s Horse Facts: The American Saddlebred – Pround as a Peacock!

The American Saddlebred is called the “peacock of the horse world.”

The American Saddlebred – Proud as a Peacock!

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 If you want a flashy, high-stepping show horse and you have the money to buy one, then you want an American Saddlebred, also known as the Saddle Horse or Kentucky Saddler.  This horse has class!

By now, you’ve probably figured that the word “American” tagged to a horse’s official name means the horse had its origins in the United States. Such is true of the American Saddlebred. For a long time in its history, this breed was referred to as “the horse America made.” Starting with riding horses during the American Revolution, this breed has roots with the Morgan, Narragansett Pacer, Canadian Pacer, and Thoroughbred.

Throughout the 20th Century, the breed became popular in the United States, and since the formation of the US registry in 1891, almost 250,000 American Saddlebreds have been registered. Today the Saddlebred can be found in countries all around the world, and breed registries exist in Great Britain, Australia, Europe, and southern Africa.

The Saddlebred is a “taller” slim horse, averaging 15 to 16 hands (60 to 64 inches) in height. When this spunky equine prances into the show ring, he oozes a sense of presence and style. Although the Saddlebreds are very spirited, the breed is known for its gentle temperament. They may be of any color, including pinto patterns accepted since the late 1800s.

Something quite different about the Saddlebred is that’s it’s a “gaited” breed. Does that mean they have to be kept in fences with strong gates? Not so.

A “gait” is a step. Saddlebreds show in three-gaited or five-gaited classes, depending on the different speeds or steps each horse has. Saddlebreds are mainly known for their performance in the show ring, but they can enter hunter and driving classes, as well as just being a fantastic pleasure riding horse.

If you ever own an American Saddlebred, you might want to show him in one of five divisions: Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park, and Pleasure. In those divisions they are judged on performance, presence, quality, and conformation. But one thing is for sure. Whatever gait the horse is performing, he’s high-stepping it. No wonder he’s now called “the Peacock of the Horse World.”

Have you ever felt proud as a peacock about anything you’ve done or anything you might own? Do you brag about new stuff your parents buy you? Maybe you think your house is better than all your friends’ houses. Maybe you look in the mirror and think you’re the best-looking kid on the block.

“Is that a bad attitude?” you might ask.

The Bible says quite a bit about being proud of the wrong things. If you’re proud, thinking you’ve done something great or because of something you own or the way you look, God wants us to know that’s the wrong pride. He wants us to develop a humble, or respectful, attitude toward others, especially toward Him. A respectful person puts others first in his life and looks to serve them.

But I’m proud to be a Christian, you might be thinking. Is that wrong?

If you’re proud to be a Christian, it’s a good thing as long as you don’t gloat. To gloat means to feel smug or better than someone else. It’s important to let others know you are a Christian, but when you act like you’re better than others, they probablywon’t be interested when you want to tell them about Jesus. It’s much better to develop a sweet, helping attitude that others will love about you. Then they might want to know why you’re so different, and you can tell them all about your wonderful Savior.

“…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

(James 4:6b)

PRAYER: Dear God, help me not to brag or be proud of the wrong things. Help me to have a humble, helpful attitude. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP!   (What would God have you do now?)

Can you think of any time you might have had the wrong kind of pride about something?  Ask God to forgive you and help you develop a humble attitude.


Take your ride: (Do you know?) 

Saddlebred horses that have won a lot of shows can cost $30,000 or more.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?)

“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).



Foster kid Skye hates everyone and everything until she meets Champ, a gorgeous show horse, and she comes to live at Keystone Stables, a foster home and special needs riding academy.

Today’s Horse Facts: The Trakehner

The Trakehner is a European warmblood that turns heads when he prances by.

Today’s Horse Facts: The Trakehner



(All facts taken from the websites cited below)


The Trakehner is an unusual breed that folks know very little about. How about you? Do you know anything about this beautiful horse? I knew very little except this breed is very versatile, and it has its origins in Eastern Prussia. So let’s take our quiz and see what you know about this very special breed.

Here is your ten-question T/F quiz:

  1. The Trakehner originated in Trakehnen, East Prussia (Germany) in 1732.
  2. In the 1900s, the Arabian blood was introduced into the breed to give the stocky build a more refined look.
  3. This horse is the only warmblood in Germany that has a “closed” population and breeds “pure.”
  4. Thoroughbred stallions have also been used in strengthening the breed.
  5. Trakehners are small refined horses about 14 hands high.
  6. This breed excels in barrel racing and driving classes in shows.
  7. Trakehners are usually bay or dark brown.
  8. This horse is known for its dish-faced nose.
  9. After World War I, there were only about 650 of these horses alive in West Germany.
  10. This breed boasts several winners of medals at different summer Olympic games.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

  1. T
  2. F  The Arabian was introduced in the 1800s.
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F  They are strong boned, yet refined and at between  15.2 and 17 hands high.
  6. F  They excel in dressage and jumping classes.
  7. F  They can be any color, including roan and tobiano pinto.
  8. F  It’s known for its “floating trot,” a lofty light step.
  9. T
  10. T

Now that you know a little about this beautiful horse breed, do you think you might have seen some of them competing in horse shows or in the Olympics? I know I have, and I look forward to seeing them perform again. Now when the moderator or announcer says, “This horse is a Trakehner,” I’ll know exactly what breed he’s talking about.

To learn more about the breed, visit:

Happy riding!


Have you read any of my Keystone Stables Series books? Angry hostile foster girl Skye Nicholson meets her match when she goes to live at Keystone Stables, a foster home and special needs riding academy. There she meets foster parents who love her unconditionally, she meets a champion Quarter Horse named Champ, and she meets Jesus Christ, who changes her life forever.

Keystone Stables Book 1

Today’s Horse Facts: The American Saddle Horse

American Saddle Horses are head turners!

Today’s Horse Facts: The American Saddle Horse

Gorgeous Saddle Horse

 Speaking of horses, today we’re going to look at the American Saddle Horse, which is an equine breed that has class and will turn the heads of even the most disinterested person in horses. So let’s learn some facts about this breed that’s not discussed to often as you take your ten-question quiz. Ready?  Here we go.

  1. The  American Saddle Horse is really the American Saddlebred Horse.
  2. This horse was originally a cross between the Narragansett Pacer, (the first horse breed developed in the United States, which is now extinct) and the  Standardbred.
  3. They were developed in Virginia  in the 18th Century after the Revolutionary War.
  4. American Saddlebreds must be solid colors.
  5. This breed’s average height is usually 15 to 16 hands.
  6. All American Saddle Horses are five-gaited, including a high-stepping rack.
  7. This breed is shown exclusively in saddle seat and pleasure driving classes.
  8. Because of its beautiful “swan” neck, this breed is given the name “The Swan of  the Horse World.”
  9.  This breed is high spirited and very  difficult to train.
  10. There is a Saddlebred museum in Lexington, Kentucky.

You know if you got at least eight of these questions correct, I’ll consider you an American Saddlebred expert. Here are the answers:

  1.  T
  2.  F  The Saddlebred is a cross between the Narragansett Pacer, Canadian Pacer, Morgan and the Thoroughbred.
  3. F  They were developed in Kentucky in the 18th C. about the time of the Revolutionary War.
  4.  F  They can be  solid colors, but any color is acceptable.
  5.  T But they also can be from 14.2 to over 17 hands.
  6.  F  They can be five-gaited, but not all American Saddle Horses are.
  7.  F  They are also shown in practically any class including dressage, hunter/jumper, some western classes like barrel racing and pole bending, and fine harness.
  8. F  They are given the nickname “The Peacock of the Horse World.”
  9. F  It possesses “exceptional aptitude for training.” ( )
  10. T

If you want to learn more about this gorgeous, versatile breed, visit these other websites to check on additional facts:

Next time, we’ll take a look at the Narragansett Pacer, the breed of horse that is partly responsible for the American Saddlebred.

Happy riding!




Dallis Parker takes time out from being bullied to dream about a phantom Mustang stallion, hoping to see the horse on a camping trip. But most folks say the horse doesn’t even exist.