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    11-02-2012, 06:38 PM

I was just curious if anyone had any experiences with warmbloods (of any sort - Dutch, Hanoverian, etc)?
I grew up with Thoroughbreds as my dad was involved in the racing industry in NY, but I quickly took the hunter/jumper path. My first encouter with a warmblood was Gretta, an 18h beast of a Holsteiner. She wore chains in her stall and was a notrious biter. Needless to say, I had my reservations when my trainer at the time asked me to ride her.
They say never judge a book by its cover, and on that day, Gretta taught me the same is true for horses. Despite her downright obnoxious demeanor on the ground, Gretta was an amazing athlete. She taught me so much of what I know today, lessons that I still pass on to my students.
I have been fortunate enough to work with other warmbloods during my time in Florida as a trainer at a showjumping facility. We would import Zangersheides typically from Belgium and Argentina, train and compete them in the US, then ultimately sell them. Zangersheides are also incredible athletes, and it's unfortunate they haven't become more prominent in the US.
Anyway, anyone else? :)
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    11-05-2012, 09:43 PM
Mine is half Dutch Warmblood (his father is Domino) and his mother is thoroughbred, I really enjoy the the warmblood breed! My warmblood is very energy aware to say the least haha his stride is enormous and he basically doesn't know how to gallop, he just consumes lines! (I'm a jumper) During the jump off I don't gallop I just ask for an extended canter and he creams the horses that look like they are flying because he eats so much ground! The ride is very easy to get used to and in general that are very well behavede and willing. I love it! Me and him are jumping 4' or over and he loves his job and would do almost anything to save me from the occasional bad distance. Warmblood a are the best!
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    11-06-2012, 03:01 PM
My friend and I showed thoroughbreds in college and when she started talking about Dressage and we showed some low level classes. She talked about the warmblood breed, temperament,size,etc. I filed it in the back of my mind to be my ultimate dream horse. I am now going to be purchasing my first warmblood in 2 months! I'm so excited and he has all the laidback senses of a warmblood. Cool attitude and lovely mover! I can't wait.
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    11-06-2012, 03:56 PM
My dream WB is a Selle Francais. I worked with a massive grey one for a couple years and he was just awesome - to ride, that is. His ground manners, like the mare I mentioned above, were far from polite. Only a few of us were able to turn him out as he was very likely to rear, and few handlers at the barn would deal with walking him from his stall to cross ties. He'd dance around and if you got tense, rear. Boy, he sure had personality! One of my favorite horses to ride though!
    11-06-2012, 04:06 PM
I'm a dyed in the wool QH girl but last fall I got my midlife crisis horse. Growing up riding reiners & cowhorses, as a kid my dreams were filled with jumpers and riding the Rolex xc course. So I am now owner of a 20 yr old complete sweetheart Hanoverian mare. She has some age on her but is so much fun. She is a great schoolie for my lesson students and still has lots of oomph for more advanced riders. She's a stellar jumper and a horrible trail horse - the ol' arena diva doesn't know what to make of things like sticks, leaves, squirrels, deer, etc but she is improving in that aspect. She's my break from working rides to have a bit of fun and has quickly stolen my heart as well as my 7 yr old daughter's. If you ask her, that is her Missy Mooly (great nickname right?) not mine and Missy would likely agree as the little human always has peppermints in her pocket. If they are all like her disposition and personality wise, I'd have a pasture full
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    11-07-2012, 12:56 AM
I rode an Oldenberg/ TB cross and he's just a sweetheart. Total grump but one of the smoothest rides I have ever ridden! I met a Selle Francais but never rode him, he was sweet too. Met a couple Trakehners not to long ago too. Knew a ASB/Oldenberg cross too, and he was a total tween. Nice horses, most warmbloods. Way to expensive.
    11-07-2012, 03:44 AM
I have a Hanoverian mare. She hasn't got the best bloodlines, but she's a decent dressage horse for lower to mid level stuff. I'm hoping to get her competing Advanced by the time she's ready to retire. If we manage to get to FEI, that'll be a bonus. She's a bit of a cranky cow but she's my cranky cow (she's affectionately known as BigPig). She's awful to ride outside the dressage arena though as she get very panicky outside her comfort zone. My closest riding friends all ride Warmbloods or Warmblood crosses and they're all stunning horses that can be quite challenging rides.
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    11-07-2012, 03:56 AM
I have ridden warmbloods at riding school a long time ago. Loved my big, bay gelding lesson horse. He taught me a lot. Our neighbour has warmbloods and would love to try them one day.
    11-07-2012, 04:38 AM
My boy was Danish Warmblood x TB - he had the mind of a TB, and the body of a WB, minus his pretty little head. He was bred to be a dressage horse, by a GP stallion out of a dressage mare, but he loved his cross country and got bored easily doing dressage. He could be strong to handle on the ground, and was clingy and fidgety as they come, but to ride he ws a dream, would totally look after you and had the most beautiful paces.
    11-07-2012, 11:59 PM
I own an Oldenburg mare. She has the nicest trot of any horse I've ever ridden. She is always the first horse at the gate and loves people. There are a few things I don't like about her, though. She is a high energy horse and worries a lot. (I have her on ulcerguard as a result). She is also very intelligent, which can be both good and bad. I find that I have to challenge her more when I'm riding.

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