Rhenish Warmblood

The Rhenish Warmblood is a relatively new breed of horse that is quickly gaining in popularity.

This breed is known for its athleticism, good temperament, and versatile abilities.

If you are interested in learning more about this unique breed of horse, keep reading!

Rhenish Warmblood Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Rhenish Warmblood:

Height (size) Average 15.7 hands high
Colors n/a
Country of Origin Germany
Common Uses Show jumping, dressage, general riding

Rhenish Warmblood Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Rhenish Warmblood is a relatively modern breed of German warmblood sport horse. 

It is not a breed of its own, but rather a warmblood type from Germany named after the region it is from.

Until 2014 it was registered with the Rheinisches Pferdestammbuch, but then the Hannoveraner Verband took over the management of the stud-book.

They are derived from hefty draft horses, also known as Rhenish-German horses, which were predominantly used for farm work, particularly in the areas of Saxony, Westphalia, and Rhineland.

Eventually, though, these horses evolved into a successful riding breed.

The Rhine region was well-known for breeding the Rhenish German Coldblood, which was popular until the mid-20th century.

In the late 1950s, the breeders started developing a Warmblood horse that could be ridden both for pleasure and in competition.

Stallions from the Hanover-Westphalia region were used on warmblood mares descended from dams of Rhenish ancestry and with Thoroughbred, Trakehner, and Hanoverian blood. 

In the 1970s in order to perfect the Rhinelander breed and create the ideal sport horse specimen, breeders started breeding with lighter specimens of the breed.

The early specimens lacked bone, although breeders have sought to address this deficiency since then.

It is traditionally bred at Warendorf State Stud, which it shares with the Westphalian, and it is bred to the same standard as the Westphalian and other German warmbloods.

Individual German warmblood types are not recognized as “breeds” since they have an open stud book, are still evolving, and there is no single breed standard for them.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names

“Rhineland Horse”


Good disposition

Physical Characteristics

In order to meet the requirements of the breed standard, the horse must have the correct type for a sport horse, be long-lined (meaning that it should fit into a rectangular outline rather than a square), and be noble.

Noble is a term that suggests aesthetic appeal but does not require extreme refinement.

The Rhinelander should have a confident demeanor when moving, as well as a long stride and elastic qualities in the walk, trot, and canter.

Because of its disposition, personality, and rideability, the Rhinelander is an excellent choice for both competitive sport and pleasure riding.



Height (size)

Average 15.7 hands high







Blood Type


Common Uses

Show jumping, dressage, general riding



Popular Traits

Great sport horse



Country of Origin



Rhenish German Coldblood, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, Hanoverians with Rheinish ancestry