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Thoroughbred Horse Breeders

The thoroughbred is known as being a noble, spirited racing horse, but they can also be great choice for intermediate to advanced horse riders.  Here’s what you need to know.

About Thoroughbreds

The word “thoroughbred” is often used to refer to any purebred horse but this is actually incorrect.  The thoroughbred is an actual breed of horse that is most commonly used for horse racing but they can also be used for show jumping, combined training, dressage, and polo.  Physically, the thoroughbred is classified as a “hot blooded” breed of horse which means that it has agility and speed.  They stand on average 16 hands high (or 163cm) and they have a refined head on a long neck, long straight legs, a short back, and a deep chest.  The hindquarters should be muscular.  The thoroughbred comes in different colours including bay, chestnut, black, gray, roan, and seal brown.  White markings may be found on the face or lower legs but are generally not on the body itself.

Issues that Affect Thoroughbreds

Because the thoroughbred is bred for speed, they can suffer from injuries as well as other problems. For example, thoroughbreds used for horse racing can suffer from bone issues such as fractures. However, other problems that affect thoroughbreds include exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage, low fertility, small hearts, and small, thin hooves.  The smaller hooves can contribute to sore feet, which is the most common source of lameness in racehorses.

Keeping Thoroughbreds

Like any other horse, the thoroughbred needs certain conditions.  Firstly, the horse will need somewhere to live such as a stable or a boarding facility.  This facility should provide your horse with a warm, dry place to live, and also give your horse the exercise that it needs (and being a thoroughbred, it requires a lot).  You will also need to ensure that your horse is fed a good diet including pasture, hay, and concentrates (which is a type of supplement).  You also need to make sure that your horse is getting the salt and minerals that they need in their diet.  Plenty of fresh water needs to be available at all times as horses can drink a lot of water.  You will also need to make sure that your horse is well groomed daily, especially after exercise.  If you can’t do this yourself, the boarding facility should be able to do it for you.  Finally, your horse will need to be regularly wormed and vaccinated, and the hooves should be taken care of by a qualified farrier.

Who is the Thoroughbred Suited To?

Because the thoroughbred is often described as being a spirited horse, they are not necessarily the ideal choice for beginner horse riders.  Their spirit, combined with their speed and their athleticism means that they are best suited to riders that are experienced and know how to handle horses.

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