Hot Blood Horses

Hot Blood Horses

Hot Blood Horses descended from the oriental horse or “eastern” blood, such as the Arabian horse, Barb, Turkoman horse, and related breeds. Arabians didn’t reach the European continent until the 16th or 17th Centuries, but once they did, they revolutionized horse breeding.

In the Middle Ages, Arabs were breeding their horses according to what is now long-established practice: for speed, strength, conformation and temperament. Several hundred years later, Arabians are the most prized and costly horse breed.

Arabians were crossed with English horses and Barbs were crossed to create the Thoroughbred horse. Most hot blooded horses descend from these two breeds.

What Is A Hot Blood?

Hotblooded horses are known for their speed and high energy. They tend to be smaller, built considerably lighter than other breeds and possess an inner fiery passion that is hard to match. In addition to being smaller they generally have thin skin, fine hair and long legs. This is a small category, that encompasses only a hand full of breeds.

Having high energy is essential to race horses. Arabians have been bred and raced by Bedouin tribesmen for centuries and although the Thoroughbred stemmed from primarily Barb lineage, Arabian blood contributed it’s refinement. The high spirit of these animals can make them more difficult to manage and they can turn temperamental in the wrong hands.

Most hotblooded horses are quick learners and possess natural athletic abilities.

Today the Hot Bloods include these popular horse breeds:



Anglo-Arabian (Arabian/ Thoroughbred cross)



Turkoman (now extinct)

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Thoroughbred Horse

Thoroughbred horses stand 14.2 to 17.2 hands high and have a solid color. This breed of horses was originally made by mating an Arab stallion and an English mare.