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Thoroughbred

Fast as the wind

Thoroughbred
origin:England
life expectancy:20 to 35 years
scientific name:E. caballus
family:Equidae
height:152 to 164 cm
Temperament: Hotbloodconservation: securePolo/Other sportsOlympic Games/Dressage/Show jumpingHorse Racing
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History [ edit ]

The Thoroughbred is one of the most popular horse breeds of today and also one of the more expensive worldwide.

During the 16th century, Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, starting to import Iberian horses to cross with the native ones. As horse racing began to attract more people and more money, many noblemen started breeding programs to achieve the ultimate racer.

At the time, three Arab studs were brought to England: the Byerley Turk (1684), the Darley Arabian (1704) and the Gogolphim Arabian. These three studs would be the pillars for the Thoroughbred. They were crossed with England mares that already had Iberian blood. 

The Thoroughbred was only “baptized” in the 19th century.  
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Influences [ edit ]

The Thoroughbred is greatly influenced by the Arab, however there’s other who claim that he has Barb blood too. 

The Thoroughbred was highly used to improve other breeds.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Being a hot-blooded horse, the Thoroughbred is courageous and alert. Sometimes nervous, these horses are spirited and excitable. As true racing machines, the Thoroughbred is fast and athletic.
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Description [ edit ]

 With an athletic look, the Thoroughbred is well built with long and muscled limbs. The hooks are set low, with a minimum of 20 cm of length below the knee. The head is refined, with big eyes, wide nostrils and medium ears. The skin is thin.
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Uses [ edit ]

The Thoroughbred is mostly a race horse. He also is highly used in show jumps and cross country. He is also used as a saddle horse.
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Coloration [ edit ]

All solid colors are allowed, being the brown and the chestnut the more common. White markings are permissible. 
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