The PetMeds® Olympic Equestrian Giveaway!
Last week, Jessica Springsteen brought home silver in the equestrian team jumping final at the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. To celebrate her big win for team USA, we’re sharing some fun facts about Belgian Warmbloods, the breed of which her stallion Don Juan de Donkhoeve is a stunning example. Your horse can be a winner too – enter our August horse giveaway for a chance to win an Olympic Equestrian Prize Package from PetMeds®!
You can identify a Belgian Warmblood by their brand.
As a foal, a Belgium Warmblood receives a brand on their left thigh when they are deemed a purebred and free of defects. This brand is the most reliable way to identify a Belgium Warmblood because the breed can come in any coat color and their appearance varies. They’re usually above-average in height at around 15-17 hands, have dark brown eyes, and typically come in solid colors.
They’re relatively new to the scene
Belgium Warmbloods were not bred until the 1950s in Belgium. In just over half a century, they’ve become one of the best jumping breeds in the world.
They’re not called “Warmblood” because of their blood temperature.
Technically, all horses are warm-blooded mammals, so you might be wondering how the Belgian Warmblood acquired this name. Horse breeds are classified into three types: hot-blooded, warm-blooded, and cold-blooded. Hot-blooded horse breeds originate in hot climates of North Africa and the Middle East. They’re known for their speed, stamina, and “hot-headed” attitude. Most cold-blooded breeds originate from ancient Europe, and they’re known to be gentle giants well-suited for heavy farm work.
Back to our friend the Belgian Warmblood – they’re a cross of hot blood and cold blood breeds, touting a compact, muscular physique, an intelligent disposition, and of course, their well-known jumping abilities.
Over 4000 Belgian Warmbloods are born every year.
Though primarily bred for competition, they’re well-loved because of their intelligence and stable temperament.
They’re extra sensitive to bug bites.
While the Belgian Warmblood is a relatively healthy breed, up to 10% of them suffer from hypersensitivity to bug bites due to an allergy to insect saliva, resulting in extreme itching and coat damage.
The Olympics may be over, but you and your horse can still compete! The Belgium Warmblood is just one of many breeds of horses. What kind of horse do you have? Let us know below for the chance to win a bundle of items to keep your Equestrian friend healthy and free from bug bites, skin irritations, and other unwanted problems.
The PetMeds® Olympic Equestrian Giveaway runs from Wednesday 08/18 through Tuesday 08/31. Everyone who comments from 8/18 to 8/31/21 is eligible to win. To enter, leave a comment below. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on September 1.
Prize Package includes Bimectin Paste, Flys-Off Ointment, UlcerGard Oral Paste, Zymox Equine Defense Skin Guard, Total Calm & Focus Paste, and Peppermint Stud Muffins.
Congrats to our Winner Joan Blank, and her horse Tristan. Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but be sure to checkout our September Giveaway and learn all about pain awareness for your horse!