12-02-2009, 10:15 PM
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It is considered a true breed. It has been bred for certain characteristics for so long, that these traits now breed true. As such, these horses are considered a breed.
All "breeds" were created by breeding any horse exhibiting the desired traits. It is only over time, when these traits are easily passed on to offspring, that they are considered "breeds".
Warmbloods are a prime example. Some, like Hannoverians, were bred to pull heavy coaches. Draft breeds were crossed with finer breeds to produce a strong horse that had lofty movement. That way they would be fancy enough to pull fancy coaches.
Other warmblood breeds like the Trakehner, was bred to pull lighter carriages. They had more fine bred horses bred into their "type". As a result, a finer, lighter and hotter warmblood was produced.
All breeds started somewhere.