What Is a Warmblood?
QUESTION: What is a WARMBLOOD? More specifically,
what is the difference between a warmblood, thoroughbred
and a standardbred?
ANSWER: A Warmblood is a type (warmblood, coldblood,
and pony are the three types of horses), and thoroughbred
and standardbred are breeds.
From "THE MAGNA ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO HORSES
OF THE WORLD, A warmblood is "a fine-boned
type of horse, usually suitable for riding, as
opposed to the more solid and more even-tempered
coldblood. In some countries, a warmblood is any
horse containing a strain of Arab blood"
A Thoroughbred is a racehorse, and This breed
was originated in England in the 18th century.
The foundation sires of the thoroughbreds are
the Darley Arabian, the Goldophin Arabian, and
the Byerley Turk. These three stallions were bred
to the best English mares to produce the fast
race horse. American racing of Thoroughbreds is
a huge pastime and money maker, and every year,
millions of people watch Thoroughbreds in the
A Standardbred is also a racehorse, but races
under harness with a driver in a buggy(known as
a sulky). This breed also dates back to the 18th
century, and the foundation stallion was a Thoroughbred
named Messenger. Standardbreds can trot a mile
in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, and "pace"
(a gait where the right legs and left legs move
in unison) a mile in 2 minutes 25 seconds.