The Thoroughbred is one of the fastest horses in the world and is the perfect racehorse. It 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.
Colour: any solid colour.
Height: between 15 and 17hh.
Conformation: varies according to type. Sprint bred horse 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.
Character: bold, spirited.
Uses: racing, riding, cross-breeding.