The Warlander is a breed of sturdy, elegant warhorses that were developed about 400 years back in Europe. They are known for their beautiful looks, combined with their dramatic leg action while moving. The warlander horse has been recognized as a distinct breed only in the 1990s.
|Behavioral Characteristics||Lively, noble, willing, docile, adaptable|
|Physical Traits||Sturdy and straight profile with a robust build, a wide skull with triangular eyes ending in a gradually narrowing mouth, with the broad and strong neck ending in well-built shoulders; the chest is wide with flexible hindquarters and tough hooves; the mane and tail are both dense and flowing|
|Coat Colors||All solid colors (roan, pinto, and appaloosa markings not permitted)|
|Height/Size||14.3 to 16.2 hands (adult stallions and mares)|
|Weight||1003 to 1201 pounds (approx.)|
|Common Uses||Mostly used for riding purposes, including general riding and other sports ride disciplines; war mounts (in the past)|
|Health Problems||No breed specific issues reported|
|Type||Sport horse, Show horse|
|Lifespan||25 years (average)|
|Ancestors (Bloodlines)||Iberian and Friesian-type horses|
|Popular Traits||Intelligent, multi-talented, gentle, easy trainability, durable|
|Feeding/Diet||General horse diet including hay, grass, grains, etc.|
|Country of Origin||Unknown|
|Associations and Registries||Breed Standard
The Warlander Studbook Society, Australia
The history of the Warlander breed is centuries old, and the exact details of their creation and development are also not much known. Horses have been of many uses to humankind, and since time unknown, the innumerable talents and skills of these versatile animals have been tried to be utilized and put to use by humans.
In this context, the history of crossing between several utility breeds according to the many needs is also erstwhile societies, one of which was the need for producing sturdy and stalwart cavalry horses, especially when battles and wars was part and parcel of everyday life. The history of the Warlander horse dates back to at least the 16th century when there was an immediate need of a horse that excels in cavalry skills.
It was during this period that the Warlander horse was developed by crossing the Iberian breeds (such as the Andalusian, Menorquina or, Lusitano) and the Friesian-type horses to create a new line of cavalry animals. However, the rest of the history of the Warlanders is quite obscure, while the name of the breed was coined on recently, during the late 20th century.
The cross between the Friesian and the Andalusian had always been famous in parts of Europe for several decades. However, it was during the 1990’s that Australia CSS (the ‘Classical Sporthorse Stud’) took the initiative to venture into a strategic plan to develop these animals with an aim to establish them officially as a sports horse for the new generation.
The breed was named by the ‘Classical Sporthorse Stud’ situated in the western part of the Australian continent, while the stud named this horse after a veterinarian from their association, Dr. Warwick Vale.
Today, the Warlander horses are still derived by crossing the Friesian animals with the purebred Iberians; however, the criteria and conformation have been clearly defined by the association. The primary condition of an ideal Warlander horse suggests that it must not exceed 75% (or, 3/4th), nor be less than 25% (i.e., 1/4th) of either of the two parent breeds, nor any other genetic influence of any third breed is allowed. As long as these essential criteria are maintained, Warlander horses can be bred by Friesian and Iberian lines, or by other eligible Warlanders.