The Thoroughbred Horse
you think of the Thoroughbred horse, you can't help but think of the great
racing horses of all time, like Secretariat, Man-O-War, Northern Dancer, Seattle
Slew, Seabiscuit, Ruffian and others. However, these fast and fabulous horses
are much more than just great racehorses!
All thoroughbreds can be traced to 3 stallions, The Darley Arabian, The
Godolphin Arabian, also known as the Godolphin Barb and the Byerly Turk. Bred to
English mares in the late 17th and early 18th century, the thoroughbred
originated as a horse of great speed that could run long distances. Although
today's thoroughbred is still mainly bred for racing, this versatile horse is
also well known as a jumper, dressage horse, eventing horse, polo pony, youth
show horse and family companion and trail riding horse.
Retired racehorses can have a second career in many of the disciplines above
and there are organizations devoted to helping retired racers find good
These are tall
horses, averaging 16 hands or more, and are usually bay, brown, chestnut,
black or grey in color. They have a long, lean look, with large intelligent
eyes, straight legs, and a powerful muscular body.
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