The Thoroughbred is the fastest horse in the world and is the perfect racehorse. Thoroughbreds are known as the “hot-blooded” breeds, which are animals bred for agility and speed and are generally considered spirited and bold.
The Thoroughbred horse was developed in England in the 17th century by crossing the fastest native breeds with imported Arabians. At the time of the first General Stud Book (1791), all the horses listed were descended from just three Arab stallions.
Height: 15hh -17hh
Characteristics: Bold, Spirited.
Colours: Any Solid Colour.
Uses: Racing, Riding, Cross-Breeding, Dressage, Eventing, Hunter.
Conformation: Varies according to type. Sprint-bred horses are close-coupled with powerful hindquarters; staying/jumping bred horses are bigger-framed and longer-backed with more bone. All should have elegant heads on long necks with a sloping shoulder, prominent withers and a fine coat.