All horses must be applied for before visits are arranged. Users who do not comply with this policy may be blocked from further use of the system. Applications are for the benefit of both horse and applicant and enable owners to more accurately assess suitability. For further details about the rehoming procedures of the charity please click here.
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- Aug 08, 2013 at 13:30
- Donation number
- Horse location
- Derbyshire, United Kingdom
- Donation type:
- Permanent Loan (owner retains ownership)
- make a one-off donation of £25 to Horses4Homes Foundation
- Horse Owner:
If you choose to apply for this horse and are selected as the most suitable applicant you will be required to pay the standard rehoming donation of £50 which includes the cost of a rehome agreement. The following additional commitment from the successful applicant has been requested by the owner:
It is possible to message this owner to find out specific answers to questions about the horse before applying. Users must apply before visits occur to comply with the procedures of the charity.
About this breed
The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word "thoroughbred" is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered a hotblooded horse, known for their agility, speed and spirit.
The head should be correctly proportioned to the rest of the body, displaying a good flat forehead and wide-set intelligent eyes. Carried relatively low, the head should sit well on a neck which is somewhat longer and lighter than in other breeds.
Good quality Thoroughbreds have high withers, a deep chest, a short back, good depth of hindquarters, a lean body, and long legs.
Color: Thoroughbred horses are most often bay, seal brown, chestnut, black, or gray. The can also be roan, palomino or white. Coat patterns that have more than one color on the body, such as Pinto or Appaloosa, are not recognized by the breed registries.
Size: Thoroughbreds usually stand between 15 and 17 hands high.
Weight: Thoroughbred can weigh in range of 1000 to 1200lbs (450-550kg).
Temperament: Being a hot-blooded horse, the Thoroughbred is courageous and alert. Sometimes nervous, these horses are spirited and excitable. As true racing machines, the Thoroughbred is fast and athletic.
Life expectancy: Average life span of a Thoroughbred horse is somewhere between 25 to 35 years, depending on the health care provided.
Origin: The Thoroughbred's genetic origin is Arabian. The founding Arabian stallions which were brought to Britain in the late 1600s and early 1700s were bred to domestic mares.
Although the Thoroughbred is primarily bred for racing, the breed is also used for show jumping and combined training because of its athleticism, and many retired and retrained race horses become fine family riding horses, dressage horses, and youth show horses. The larger horses are sought after for hunter/jumper and dressage competitions, whereas the smaller horses are in demand as polo ponies.
Thoroughbred influence: Arabian, Barb and Turk.