3 Common Hot Blooded Horse Breeds

Do you know the most expensive and exceptional horse breeds belong to the hot blooded horse category? No? Well, it’s time for you to know. The hot-blooded category includes horses that originate from the Middle East. The said category of horses is intelligent, bold, energetic, high-spirited, and a quick learner. 

All hot blooded horses back then used to be known for their speed and agility. However, today’s hot-blooded horses are admired for their long legs, and lightly refined thin skin.

What has not changed about the hot-blooded horses is that most of them are making their master proud on race grounds. 

The warm blooded category includes Hanoverian, Trakehners, dutch warmblood, Oldenburger, and Belgian Warmblood.

The cold blood category has Percheron, Shires, Clydesdale, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, etc. Both warm and cold blood categories do not include any exceptional horse breed.

Whereas, the hot-blooded horse category is disappointing at all. The hot-blooded horse breeds who have won our hearts and continue doing so;

Hot Blooded Horse Breeds

  • Thoroughbred 
  • Akhal-Teke 
  • Arabian Horse

1. Thoroughbred 

Thoroughbred horse

This exceptional horse breed needs no introduction, as we all have grown up listening and admiring them. The most horses we see performing well on the race grounds are Thoroughbreds. These hot-blooded racehorses are known for their supernatural speed and agility. 


Thoroughbred is truly majestic when it comes to appearance. The said racehorse breed has been blessed with a well-chiseled head, rightly spaced intelligent eyes, long arched neck, high withers, deep chest, short back, tall lean body, and long legs. 


It’s super hard to tell exactly how much a Thoroughbred horse weighs. The overly pampered standard Thoroughbred horses usually weigh somewhere around 900 to 1100 pounds. 


The Thoroughbred horses have more or less the same height as the regular tall horses.

The tallest Big Jack Thoroughbred horse was 6 feet and inches tall. Whereas, the regular Thoroughbred horses are usually about 5 feet and some inches tall. 


The Thoroughbred horses are usually found in the very usual horse colors. Most Thoroughbred horses we see winning the races are bay, chestnut, gray, black, brown, and dark bay.

However, the few registered Thoroughbred have been blessed with roan, palomino, and white colors as well. 

Health Issues

The Thoroughbred horses can suffer from any health problem that the regular horses face.

As they have a rough and tough lifestyle, most Thoroughbred horses suffer from orthopedic issues; fractures.

Foot soreness and lameness are the two most common issues every Thoroughbred horse face at some point in their life. 

Other names

Thoroughbred horses have a million legitimate reasons to be adored by different names. However, unfortunately, they are still taken as the Thoroughbreds or by the names their masters give. 


Thoroughbred horses are adored for their agility and speed everywhere around the world. They are found in almost every corner of the planet earth.

A huge number of Thoroughbred horses are surviving in California, Florida, and Kentucky. 


The Thoroughbred horses are tall, slim, and supernaturally athletic. Their athletic nature has got them recognized as a “true racehorse”. 

Besides being a racehorse, Thoroughbreds are also raised and kept for show jumping, dressage, polo, fox hunting, and combined training.

Even the retired Thoroughbreds are not so useless, their owners start offering them for breedings. When they are too old to serve the owner anyway, the Thoroughbreds are kept as an ornament. 

2. Akhal-Teke 


Akhal-Teke is the most adored Turkmen horse breed. This exceptional horse breed originates from Turkmenistan, the country known for its autocratic Government and large gas reserves.

The said horse breed is admired and adored for a variety of reasons; endurance, speed, intelligence, and a distinctive metallic sheen. Unfortunately, it is taken as the world’s ugliest horse breed. 


As far as the appearance is concerned, the Akhal-Teke is a thin-skinned hot-blooded racehorse.

The breed has a refined head, almond-shaped or hooded eyes, long upright neck, long ears, lightly muscled long back, fine coat, and sparse mane and tail. 


The Akhal-Teke is taken as the skinniest horse and there is a reason for that. The said horse breed originates from a country where food and water resources are scarce.

As per the experts, the overly pampered Akhal-Teke horse can weigh up to 990 lbs. 


The Akhal-Teke is not at all a short-sized racehorse breed. The standard Akhal-Teke horse can typically stand between 14.2 to 16 hands tall. In simpler words, the Akhal-Teke horse is 58 and 64 inches tall or 147 and 163 cm. 


Unlike the above-mentioned hotblooded racehorse breed, the Akhal-Teke horses come in a wide variation of colors. The registered Akhal-Teke coat colors are palomino, cremello, perlino, gray, black, bay, chestnut, and buckskin. 

Health issues

The Akhal-Teke horses do not suffer from any special health issues except cervical vertebral malformation (CVM) or Wobbler syndrome, Degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD).

Moreover, they can suffer from regular health problems like laminitis, arthritis, colic, gastric ulcers, desmitis, back, and dental issues.

Other names

This racehorse breed is either referred to as “Akhal-Teke”, “Turkmen horse”, or “Golden Horse”. The Akhal-Teke got this Golden Horse title because of its shiny coat. 


A large number of Akhal-Teke horses are found in its county of origin; Turkmenistan. However, a noticeable number of the said racehorses are also found in Europe and North America. 


The Akhal-Teke is been blessed with supernatural speed, agility, and stamina.

Because of their speed, agility, and stamina, the Akhal-Teke horse breed is raised for small-scale professional races, dressage, pleasure riding, and showjumping.

Moreover, they have used an important means of transportation for the natives of Turkmenistan. 

3. Arabian Horse


As the name suggests, this exceptional horse breed originates from Arabian Peninsula. It is one of the oldest horse breeds that have been around for several hundred years.

Arabian is a good beginner horse breed, they are breathtakingly easier to tame, control, and train.

This horse breed is super hardy, all they need is fresh grass, hay, grains, some fruits, and vegetable treats to live a balanced life. 


The Arabian horses are compact small-sized horses. They have got finely chiseled head, dished face, protruding eyes, wide nostrils, long arching neck, and high tail carriage.

Though everything about this horse breed is unique its high carriage tail, concave profile, and arched neck are the few signs of Arabian horse’s identification. 


The Arabian horses, no matter how well they are raised, stay somewhere between 800 to 1000 lbs. They neither get too skinny nor become obese if kept on a balanced diet. 


As mentioned above, the Arabian horses are categorized as small-sized horses.

They are relatively smaller than the average horse breeds.

To be more specific, the Arabian horses hardly get 160 inches or 152 cm tall. 


As far as the coat color is concerned, the Arabian horse’s coat can be gray, chestnut, black, roan, or bay. The black coat is rare, however bay, gray, chestnut, and roan are super common. 

Health issues

Unfortunately, the Arabian horses have got six genetic disorders.

The genetic disorder that Arabian horses have got are severe combined immunodeficiency, lavender foal syndrome, cerebellar abiotrophy, occipital atlantoaxial malformation (OAAM), equine juvenile epilepsy, or juvenile idiopathic epilepsy, and guttural pouch tympany (GPT). Other than that they can have to suffer from laminitis, arthritis, colic, gastric ulcers, desmitis, back, and dental issues as well.

Other names

The Arabian horses are either called Arabian or Arab horses. Most Arabian horses are however named Labeeb, Noor, Lady Cat, Shagya, Muscat, and Darley, etc. 


Arabian horses are widely distributed in the whole world especially Arab. However, besides their country of origin, their high demand has got Canada, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and South America crowded. 


This hot-blooded horse breed is versatile in all senses. Their hardy nature, speed, agility, and stamina make them highly suitable for trail riding, endurance racing, polo, dressage, and western cutting, etc. Moreover, they can also be raised as family riding horses. 

These were the worth-praising hot-blooded horses. Countless horse breeds can be categorized as hot-blooded. It’s impossible to write it all down, here is how you can judge yourself if the horse is hot-blooded is not.

To be able to judge if the horse is hot-blooded or not you need to know that the classification is based on the horse’s temperament and ability to perform tasks.

The hot-blooded horses can easily be judged by their high-spirited, energetic, bold, hot-tempered, and quick learning nature.

However, if it’s hard to judge the horses by their nature, the hot-blooded breeds can be judged by the refined, think skin, and long-legs. 

Most hot-blooded horse breeds originate from the Middle East. If you see all or some of the above-mentioned qualities in any horse breed, the horse breed can be taken as hot-blooded.

So whenever you have to identify a hot-blooded horse, ask yourself the following questions?

  • Is the horse thin-skinned?
  • Has the horse got long legs?
  • Does it reacts to unusual circumstances readily?
  • Is it known for its speed and agility?

If you got a yes for all the above-mentioned questions, the horse breed can be recognized as hot-blooded.

Hi, I am Waqar and active in the horse world since 2012. I have MSc (Hons) in Agriculture from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. I love to solve equine health care issues and note down in the form of research papers. I have written hundreds of equine health care, accessories, names, and history-related blogs. My equine related work is watering a lot of horse-related magazines and blogs.

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