Horse 101: Bloods

In the vast world that is the horse world, horse owners, riders, jockeys, judges, and so on call certain horses by their “blood.” So let’s look into what this means in everyday language.

“Cold Blooded” 

Before there were tractors and heavy machinery, there was the horse. To perform such daunting tasks like logging, carrying freight, plowing fields, and more, human beings would use the Draft Horse. Draft horses are the largest breeds of horses. They often weigh over 1,600 pounds. They have a calm, even temperament and can be easily referred to as ‘cool-headed’ thus earning the name: Cold Blooded.

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A Shire draft horse


“Warm Blooded”

Warm blooded horses are middleweight equines that can be used for riding as well as pulling carriages. Although not as stalky as their cold-blooded counterparts, they have considerable muscle mass and can be quite strong. Tall and easy to ‘get up and go’, these horses are primarily used in sporting events. Their temperaments are more excitable than the docile draft, however, they are calmer than their high energy cousins, the Hot Blooded.

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A warm-blooded Palomino

“Hot Blooded”

Here I resist the urge to sing the number one hit by Foreigner. Hot Blooded horses are high drive, high energy, and hard-headed, to put it nicely. They are the “Hot Heads” of the horse breeds. Many are used in high impact sports such as racing. These horses tend to be fast; like VERY fast, and love to be on the move. One Thoroughbred I rode would turn his head and nip at the toes of my boot if we were standing still, in an attempt to get me to “Keep Moving!” Many of these breeds were developed in hotter climates and tend to weigh considerably less than their cold-blooded relatives.

Hot Blooded Thoroughbred



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