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The youngest of the Warmblood breeds, this equine was originally known as the ‘Danish Sport Horse,’ developed in the 20th century for the purpose of sport and competition riding.
Two native breeds are credited with starting the bloodline for the Danish Warmblood, these being the Groningen and the Gelderlander. Later on, the Thoroughbred was incorporated for its scope, speed and refinement, thus creating a horse with both ability and conformation.
Today, the Danish Warmblood is mainly seen in dressage, show jumping and other competition capacities. Boasting an average to above average height (15.2-17 hands), with a muscular, well balanced structure, an elegant profile and a thick tail that is relatively high-set, the Danish Warmblood is abound with sporting gusto and athleticism.
Keen to perform, the breed is a good choice for amateur to experienced riders, and is dexterous enough to be used as a light draught horse. Generally speaking, the Danish Warmblood is chestnut, bay, black or grey in colour, and white markings are quite common.
Despite being a relatively new breed, the Danish Warmblood has been utilised in a range of ways throughout its short history. Whilst the breed is now predominantly seen in competition riding, in the past it was found in farm work, in transportation as a carriage horse, as a war mount, and in recreational riding.