The Gelderland is a heavy warmblood horse breed that is originating in the Netherlands. The same named province in Holland is the place where they were developed. Although it is an old breed, the official breeding stopped in the late 1960s, when their bloodlines were absorbed into the Dutch Warmblood.
Today it is registered separately in the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands KWPN, in the Gelderland Versatility Registry. The other name for the breed is Gelderlander and is similar to the Groninger horse from the north. The Gelderland is produced by crossbreeding of native Gelderland mares with warmblood stallions of northern and western Europe.
These bloodlines include the Andalusian, Norman, Neapolitan and Norfolk Roadster. The average height of the Gelderland horse varies from 15.2-16 hands, but sometimes it can be even taller. All coat colors are accepted, but chestnut, bay, black, and grey are the most common. White markings on the legs and the face, skewbald pinto, tobianos and sabino pattern can also appear.
The Gelderland has a long, plain and flat head with a straight or convex profile. The eyes are intelligent, expressive and well set. The neck is strong, muscular and arched the body is compact, broad and deep the back is long and straight the chest is deep and full and the shoulders are good, long and sloped.
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