If you’re looking for an athletic horse, you should consider the Zangersheide.

This breed is known for its intelligence, conformation, and jumping ability.

So, if you are curious about this warmblood horse, keep reading!

Zangersheide Breed Info

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

Height (size) 16.0 – 17.0 hands high
Colors Chestnut, gray, bay and black
Country of Origin Belgium
Common Uses Jumping, eventing

Zangersheide Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Zangersheide was named after the stud farm in Zangersheide, Belgium, which was founded in the early 1970s with the intention of breeding show jumping horses of the highest caliber.

By 1992, a studbook was developed by the founder Léon Melchior, exclusively for animals with innate jumping ability.

This breed was created utilizing the most advanced scientific knowledge and selective breeding.

The registry has produced some top-level show jumpers, including horses that have participated in World and European Championships as well as the Olympics.

The Zangersheide is one of three Belgian warmblood horses, the others being the Belgian Sport Horse and the Belgian Warmblood.

The stud book is open to all performance horse breeds, including Hanoverians, Holsteiners, and Selle Français horses, and registration is based on selection for show-jumping performance.

In 2014, there were around 2700 breeding animals, 340 of which were stallions.

In 2019, DAD-IS (Domestic Animal Diversity Information System) reported its staus as ‘at risk’.

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

Alternative Names

“Zang Horse Breed”


Temperament can vary greatly, but most of them are highly trainable

Physical Characteristics

Because the Zang is not technically a breed of horse (just like any other warmblood horse, they are regarded rather as a type), it is difficult to pin down its precise characteristics.

Even though it may be next to impossible to recognize a Zangersheide only based on their physical appearance, their registered names are always a giveaway.

All registered foals have a “Z” at the end of their names, which is why they are commonly referred to as “Z horses”.

A foal must be sired by a stallion accepted by a studbook recognized by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) in order to be registered.

As a result of the register placing such a significant focus on usefulness for show jumping, the vast majority of Zang horses are athletic, and forward moving.


Chestnut, gray, bay and black

Height (size)

16.0 – 17.0 hands high






Average 1,300 lbs (590 kg)

Blood Type


Common Uses

Jumping, eventing



Popular Traits




Country of Origin



Hanovarian, Dutch Warmblood, Holsteiner, French and Belgian warmblood horses