The Tersk breed is a light saddle breed developed at Terks
and Stavropol studs during the 1920's and 1940's. Arabian
stallions were brought in to help produce the breed. Breeding
was selective, and the desire was to create a breed as smart
as Arabian but stronger and more adaptable to taboon management.
When they were crossed with Strelets; the inbreeding resulted
in the Tersk.
Terks are a lot like Arabians. They have light heads and
straight faces, wide foreheads and a well muscled croup. They
can be golden chestnut, grey or bay colored.
The Terks are about 160 cm height at withers, and because
they perform well in racing and dressage, they are used often
in circuses. They have amazing endurance and solid health.
The mares produce 70-75 live births per 100 mares.
THE BUCKSKIN HORSE
The Buckskin horse is another subject of deep controversy.
Those researching and studying the breeds have come up with
different conclusions regarding the coloring of these horses.
Buckskins are typically bred with Dun horses to create different
colored horses, such as Albino's for instance. However, Buckskins
and Duns have long been bred together to create a fabulous
line of horses.
Originally from Sorraia a Spanish country, Scandinavia, and
Norway, the Buckskin horse is older than depicted in recorded
history. In fact, it is impossible to pinpoint the actual
origin of the horse, because of the age of the breed. Most
people have concluded that the Buckskin originated in Spain.
In the modern day, both the Spanish and Norwegian breeds are
found in close to ever Buckskin breed in existence.
There are many qualities and characteristics that make the
Buckskin a unique horse. The superiority of their genes attribute
to their color, their strength, and other fine qualities.
Typically, Buckskin horses are hardier, have better bone structures,
harder feet, intense determination, and more stamina.
Found in Thessaly, in Greece, the Thessalian breed is a light
riding and draft breed that has been improved by crossing
Arab, Lipitsa and Anglo-Arab breeds. They are nearly extinct.
Any horse whos ancestry traces back to the three foundation
sires named Byerly Turk, Godolphin Arabian and the Darley
Arabian is described as a Thoroughbred. The foundation stallions
were named after their owners and were brought from the Mediterranean
Middle East to england at the start of the 17th century in
order to breed a stronger native horse.
The result of the breeding was a horse that could carry heavy
weight at quick speeds and for long distances. The sport of
horse racing became aristrocratically supported once Thoroughbred's
In order to ensure the selective breeding process for Thoroughbred
horses; the records must be kept accurately. In 1791, the
first stud book was published and it contained pedigress of
387 mares. Years later, a pedigree registry for American-bred
Thoroughbreds was developed in 1873.
The Jockey Club is responsible of guarding and maintaining
the stud book.
Thoroughbred racing developed along with the development
of the country, and spread from one coast to the next until
America had more volume of racing than any other country in
A native horse in Japan, the Tokara is used primarily for
riding and light draft. It stands only about 12 hands tall.
The population status of Tokara is rare.
An all purpose breed of horse, the Tori was developed in
Estonia between 1890 and 1950, from the crossing of Estonian
mares with halfbred, European stallions. The development of
the breed relied heavily on a horse by the name of Hetman,
and his sons. During the 1930's, the horses began showing
signs of inbreeding depression however, which caused a deterioration
of performance. In order to overcome the inbreeding depression,
a cross was done with Breton Post horse stallions.
As the need rose for horses with skills in both utility and
sporting, there was a limited breeding by crossing Tori horses
with Trakehnen and Hanoverian. The modern type of Tori was
the result of this crossing.
The breed is clearly a harness type with a very solid build.
Their necks are medium length, and their withers are of average
height. They stand about 162 cm at the withers and are most
often chesnut, reddish-bay and bay colored. Their performance
is terrific in draft and pull, as well as draft endurance.
They have high fertility- at about 86 foals per 100 mares.
The population is very rare.
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