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Horse Breeds: Tersk, The Buckskin Horse, Thessalian, Thoroughbred, Tokara, Tori

Jul 10, 2008

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 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 became involved.

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 the world.


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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