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    12-02-2009, 10:26 PM

What exactly is a throughbred?
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    12-02-2009, 10:33 PM
Green Broke
Its a breed of horse, im sorry, im not sure what else your asking... they are very athletic and are known to be used on the racetrack. :)
    12-02-2009, 10:49 PM
As said above, it's a breed of horse. They're commonly used for the english disciplines and racing and excel at eventing. They are usually of a lighter build and higher strung temperament than other breeds of horses, and are known for their sensitivity and athleticism. They often have crappy feet and questionable leg conformation due to breeding for speed rather than longevity, but that's not always the case. Hope that clears up any uncertainty.
    12-02-2009, 10:53 PM
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They were produced in England, originally. During the crusades, English horses were bred big, heavy and strong to carry armor. In the Middle East, they bred horses for agility, speed and endurance.

In 1690, Captain Robert Byerley captured a stallion of mostly Middle Eastern blood. He fell in love with its capabilities. He took it home and bred it with local mares.

In 1704 Thomas Darley shipped a stallion to England. It bacame known as the Darley arabian. He bred horses for racing.

The third foundation sire was Godolphin Arabian. He was brought to England in 1728 by Lord Godolphin. Most of the Matchem line can be attributed to him.

These were some of the foundation breeding that, eventually produces what we know as the thoroughbred today.
    12-02-2009, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the replies. I wasn't sure if it was a breed or a specific classification of breeds.

    12-02-2009, 11:15 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.
    12-02-2009, 11:48 PM
Thank you Allison, you seem to have studied and learned well. Did you see the post I put in the general forum "Horse Talk" about a trip I am planning? You may have some interesting input. I think the thread title was "new to this".
    12-07-2009, 09:15 PM
My horse is a thoroughbred he was going to be a racehorse when he was younger (before I got him) but he was to slow so now he is just a pleasure horse!! Oh and I posted this on another forum but if you have any name suggestions for me I would love to hear them!!! (i don't like the name he came with,ridge)

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