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Bavarian Warmblood Bright Bay Coat (left view)
Bright Bay Coat (left view)
Bavarian Warmblood Golden Chestnut Coat (normal view)
Golden Chestnut Coat (normal view)

Bavarian Warmblood Chestnut Coat (front view)
Chestnut Coat (front view)
Bavarian Warmblood Grey Coat (right view)
Grey Coat (right view)

The Bavarian Warmblood is a German sport warmblood, which was created in the 1960s in the state of Bavaria..

Old roots:
The story of the Bavarian Warmblood is tied with the story of another Bavarian breed: the Rottal. Rottal horses are heavy warmbloods who have roamed Bavaria ever since the 10th century, making them one of the oldest native German breeds. They were popular in Bavaria for nearly a millennium, but then came the 1960s.

During the 1960s, the increasing demand for sport horses led Bavarian breeders to cross their Rottal horses with Hanoverians, in order to create a lighter and more marketable breed. This new breed, called 'Bavarian Warmblood', was favored over the old Rottal which almost went extinct due to excessive crossbreeding. While the Rottal was eventually saved, it never regained its former popularity, and today it is an endangered breed (see the 'Rottal' for more info).

Heavy warmblood or light warmblood?
In the following years, Bavarian Warmbloods were crossed with heavy warmbloods, such as Cleveland Bays and Oldenburgs, as well as with light sport horses, such as Trakehners and Thoroughbreds. This ensured that even though the Bavarian Warmblood had the conformation of a heavy warmblood, it was still an athletic breed that could perform well in dressage and show-jumping.

The Bavarian Warmblood today:
Although less common than the more well-known German sport warmbloods, the Bavarian Warmblood is still a common sight in Germany. It is used for dressage and show-jumping.

Generally speaking, the studbook of Bavarian Warmbloods is open for other German sport warmbloods, as well as for other sport warmbloods in some cases.

However, the priority of the breeding association is to stick to purebreeding. Therefore, in Horse Isle, Bavarian Warmbloods have a closed studbook.

As mentioned above, the Bavarian Warmblood started as a heavy warmblood that originated from crossing Hanoverians with Rottals. Today, some Bavarian Warmbloods still show this type of 'heavy Hanoverian' conformation, and it is this conformation that Bavarian Warmbloods have in Horse Isle.

As such, they have a medium head with a straight profile and large eyes. The withers are prominent, the croup is slightly sloping, and their muscular body is slightly wider than seen in most modern sport warmbloods.

Performance metrics:
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Bavarian Warmbloods in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases, horses might have metrics outside of the range. Breeders can produce horses that are beyond this range.

Speed: 16.1-17.8, 17.0 (0.3), 0.06.
Sprint: 51-62, 56 (2), 0.49.

Accel: 0.83-0.99, 0.91 (0.03), 0.01.
Decel: 0.96-1.11, 1.04 (0.03), 0.01.

Jump: 5.33-5.61, 5.47 (0.05), 0.01.
Pull: 2.64-3.34, 2.96 (0.17), 0.03.

Turning: 48.20-59.87, 53.45 (2.53), 0.5.
Reverse: 2.4-3.0, 2.7 (0.1), 0.03.

Stamina: 50.83-56.78, 53.95 (1.18), 0.23.
Reaction: 0.77-0.86, 0.82 (0.02), 0.00.

Coats & Height:
Colors: bay, black, brown, chestnut, and grey.

Additionals: flaxen, rabicano, sooty, all rare patterns.

Height: 15.2hh to 17.2hh.
Bavarian Warmblood Sooty Sable Black Coat
Sooty Sable Black Coat
Bavarian Warmblood Sepia Brown Coat
Sepia Brown Coat
Bavarian Warmblood Wild Bay Coat
Wild Bay Coat
Bavarian Warmblood Liver Chestnut Coat
Liver Chestnut Coat
Bavarian Warmblood Bright Chocolate Chestnut Coat
Bright Chocolate Chestnut Coat
Bavarian Warmblood Chestnut Coat
Chestnut Coat

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