Thoroughbred Horse Breed Profile
History Of The Thoroughbred Horse
The Thoroughbred horse was developed in England where it was bred for racing and exported across the world. Thoroughbred horses are so inbred that the pedigree of every horse can be traced back to one of three stallions, Byerley Turk (1680-1696), Darley Arabian (1700-1733) and the Godolphin Arabian (1724-1753), and these are known as the "Foundation sires". The Introduction to the General Stud Book was published in 1791 recording the pedigree of every Thoroughbred horse and since 1793 Weatherby have recorded the pedigree of every foal born to thoroughbred race horses in the General Stud Book. From the early 1800s the only horses that could be called Thoroughbreds" and allowed to race professionally are those listed in the General Stud Book.
Height Of The Thoroughbred Horse
The Thoroughbred horse stands 14.2 to 17.2 hh.
Colour Of The Thoroughbred Horse
The Thoroughbred horse is any solid colour. Thoroughbred horses may have white face markings and/or white leg markings.
Breed Characteristics Of The Thoroughbred Horse
Thoroughbred horses have a refined head, long neck, sloping shoulders, deep body, muscular hindquarters and fine long legs.
Temperament Of The Thoroughbred Horse
The Thoroughbred horse is spirited and bold.
Uses Of The Thoroughbred Horse
The Thoroughbred is used as a racehorse, riding horse and competition horse.