Horse Rugs on Hotblooded Horses?
Some of you read that and thought it was absolute nonsense! For those who weren’t sure, you may have heard of the term “hot-blooded” in horses and wondered if it means they don’t need horse rugs. Today’s post is a brief rundown of the terms referring to horses as hot blood, cold blood and warmblood.
The main thing to take away from this is to know all horses are warmblood mammals. Whether you need horse rugs on hotblooded horses has nothing to do with this term. Needing horse rugs is dependant on climate and purpose and has nothing to do with their actual blood temperature. The above terms are what Horse people use to describe 2 things.
What Do These Terms Refer To?
The first is the probable heritage of the horse. The cold blood coming from draft breeds, and hot blood coming from more high-energy breeds.
The majority of horses tend to fall into three categories: cold blood breeds, hot blood breeds, and warmblood breeds. These generic terms refer to the horses’ temperaments. The cold blood is usually less reactive to stimuli. The hot-blooded horse tends to be very reactive to the same stimuli. The warmblood is often a nice balance of the two and make excellent high-performance horses.
Cold-blood breeds include large, heavy, solid, and very calm draft horses. These are breeds such as Percherons, Shires, Clydesdales, and Belgians Draft horses. They were bred for draft and agricultural work.
Hot blood coming for the riding horses breeds most specifically the Arabian and the Thoroughbred. They tend to be nervous and energetic. They excel at racing. Arabians are particularly well-suited to endurance racing.
Warmblood horse breeds are produced by crossing hot-blood and cold-blood horses. Common warmblood breeds are Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, and Trakhener. These breeds were developed for riding and for drawing wagons and carriages. In a lot of cases, they are more even-tempered than Thoroughbreds but can move more athletically than the heavier draft breeds. Warmbloods excel in many disciplines such as dressage, jumping, and eventing.