About Belgian Warmblood Horses
Belgian Warmbloods are bred distinctively as a show horse
that excels in dressage and jumping arenas. They are basically the mixture of
many breeds with the lighter Belgian agricultural horses as their base. In the
1950s these agricultural horses were mixed with Gelderlanders for greater size
and strength. In the 1960s Selle Francais and Hanoverian were introduced. They
gave the Belgian Warmblood greater athletic ability and freedom of movement.
The Thoroughbred and Anglo-Arabian horses introduced to the breed conformation
They stand around 16.2 hands high. Their head is alert and
full of quality, mainly due to its Anglo-Arabian influence. Their withers are
well placed and their shoulders are of good riding type. Their body is compact
with good depth and a back of perfect length. They are known to have correct
legs and sound hooves.
Due to the result of careful and specific breeding, the
Belgian Warmblood is becoming increasingly popular in a country that has been
dominated by heavy horse breeding in the past. Over 4,000 Belgian Warmbloods
are born every year. In addition to being excellent competition horses, they
are also known for their excellent temperament.
Belgian Warmblood Horses Associations