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Swedish Warmblood

Swedish Warmblood
A Swedish Warmblood at the 2007 World Cup Las Vegas
Country of origin: Sweden
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

The Swedish Warmblood is a horse that was developed at Strömsholm and Flyinge. It descends from imported stock in the 17th century. The horses imported to Sweden were from Denmark, Germany, England, Hungary, France, Russia, Spain, and Turkey. These horses were extraordinarily varied, but along the way became the Swedish Warmblood.



The Swedish Warmblood originated from the imports of horses into Sweden around the 17th century. Spanish and Friesian imports produced active and strong horses when crossed with the local mares who were small and rough. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Thoroughbred, Arabian, Hanoverian, and Trakehner blood was introduced to the horses. They used the best Thoroughbred horses available. By using these horses, large and powerful horses were created. The decade from 1920 to 1930 was an important decade in the development of the breed. The three most noticeable influences on the breed were Tribun, Hamlet, and Thoroughbred Hamplemann, all Hanoverians Schwabliso. After 1945, the Trakehners Heristal, Heinfried, Anno, and Polarstern had a dominant effect upon the breed. Heristal was a descendant of the great English racehorse Hyperion. He produced 15 stallions and 44 mares that were entered in the studbook.


This breed of horse is used as a riding horse. It has easy, straight paces. It is also handsome, sound, tractable, and definitely versatile. They are also used as dressage horses, jumpers, and in events. Swedish Warmbloods are very good driving horses, also, and are exported in large amounts all over Europe and the U.S..


The Swedish Warmblood may be any solid colour (although certain colors associated with lethal factors will exclude a stallion from breeding approval). Most common colors are chestnut, bay or seal brown. True blacks are rare. There are also grays and roans. They generally stand 16 to 17 hands (64 to 68 inches, 163 to 173 cm), and have a reputation as a strong, athletic animal with flowing gaits.

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