Hot vs. Cold

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 5, 2007, 8:56

Horses are often referred to as being hot-blooded or cold-blooded. What does this mean? To some extent it refers to their breeding. The Arabian is the quintessential hot-blooded horse, a term that perhaps refers to its desert origins, but also to its very active, energetic nature. Draft horses are called cold-bloods, as they originate in cold northern climates and tend to be more placid and slow moving. Many horses have lineages that trace back to multiple origins, combining a bit of Arabian, some Thoroughbred, and northern Draft or Pony breeds. These are commonly called warmbloods.