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By Smith Northam

Last updated: 3rd June 2021

Australian Warmblood Horse


Smith Northam
Last updated: 3rd June 2021

The Australian Warmblood is a breed of equines that were developed for the purpose of sporting and events. This breed is extremely versatile, and excels in activities like dressage and jumping, and is common in field events mostly in Australia. Though the breed is still in its infant stage and is good for slightly experienced owners, it has the ability to meet the standards of many of its European counterparts.

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Quick Information

Behavioral Characteristics Spirited, active, even-tempered, alert, attentive
Physical Traits Traits vary from individual to individual, however most have a robust and hardy physique, defined shoulders, developed crests and well muscled withers, chest, hips and back and wide hindquarters
Breed Type (by weight) Heavy
Blood Type Warm
Category Sport Horse, Driving Horse, Eventing Horse, Show Horse
Coat Colors Black, Bay, Gray, Chestnut
Size 15-17 hands (average height for adult studs/stallions and mares)
Health Problems Normally healthy with no breed-specific diseases
Uses Show jumping, dressage, eventing
Ancestors (Bloodlines) Various combinations of warm-blooded breeds like Spanish, Neapolitan, Thoroughbred, Arabian and Draught crossed with local stock
Popular Traits Hardy, healthy, versatile, calm
Feeding/Diet General horse diet including hay, grass, grains, etc.
Time of Development 20th century (latter half)
Country of Origin Australia
Association/ Registration/ Stud Book AWHA Website

Video: Australian Warmblood Horse Field Event

History and Development

The warmblood horses developed in Europe by selective breeding with the purpose of creating cavalry and light draught horses. The breeding individuals were imported in different parts of the continent and were crossed judiciously by the legislators and the nobles from Germany in order to maintain specific bloodlines.

The Australian Warmblood, however, was bred with the sole purpose of producing a classic sport horse rather than retaining any specific bloodlines. Hence, quite many warm-blooded equine breeds were implemented in developing this new horse, and the registry too never fixed any specific guidelines relating to confirmation traits.

In the early 1970s, the ‘Australian Warmblood Horse Association’ (AWHA) was founded, and in 1985, the association adopted uniform breeding guidelines related to its standards. These guidelines were firmly based on early European practices but adapted for Australian conditions.

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