As you may know, horses (like all mammals) are warm blooded; they have relatively higher blood temperature. But did you know that some horses are called “cold blooded” or “hot blooded”? These terms don’t have any biological significance, but they are useful in describing the temperament of a horse. Before you go horseback riding in Gatlinburg, read up on the differences between hot, cold and warm blooded horses.
If a person is described as “hot blooded”, they are usually emotional and excitable. This is also true of hot blooded horses. These breeds are easily frightened and require a lot of time and attention from their owners. If a trainer is willing to put in the effort, however, these horses can really perform.
Bred for agility and speed, hot blooded horses are sleek and long-legged, making them excellent racehorses. Arabian horses and Thoroughbreds are the two main hot blood breeds. Typically, hot blooded horses have two purebred parents.
Cold blooded horses are the complete opposite of hot bloods. With a large physiques and easy going attitudes, these gentle giants are docile, patient and very strong. Cold bloods are usually used for performing farm work or pulling carriages full of people.
Common cold blooded horse breeds include Clydesdales, Belgians and Friesians. Cold bloods come from mixed breed parents, making them tougher and more reliable.
As you may have guessed by their name, warm blooded horses are what you get when you breed a hot blood and a cold blood. Combining the qualities of its parents, warm bloods are smaller than cold bloods but larger than hot bloods.
These calm and intelligent horses excel at dressage and show jumping. Most horse breeds in the world today are warm blooded, including the Cleveland Bay, the Welsh Cob, and the Hackney.
All of the horses at Five Oaks Riding Stables are friendly and eager to meet new people. With 60 horses on site and a 70 acre nature park, Five Oaks is the number one destination for horseback riding in Gatlinburg. Visit our About Us page to learn more about our stables!