The Thoroughbred Horse

When 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 non-racing homes.

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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