Basil is Thoroughbred and so this is another of the breeds that I know a bit about, they originated in England. During the 17th and 18th centuries the English wanted to produce faster horses that were also elegant and admired throughout the world.
This picture is of Persimmon a Thoroughbred horse bred and owned by Edward IV. He won 7 of the 9 races he ran. His sire is St Simon - who is also in Basil's bloodline - showing again how all of the English Thoroughbreds link together.
Height: 14.2 hh - 17.0 hh
Colour: Any colour, although Bay, Brown, Black and Chestnut are more common.
Conformation: Fine and intelligent heads with bright eyes. The neck is sleek, elegant and arched and the withers are usually high. They typically have a deep chest, sloping shoulders and a short body. The body is lean and the back is strong. A Thoroughbred horse has powerful quarters and long, strong legs.
Temperament: Can be highly strung and high spirited but bold. They are considered to be 'hot blooded' horses like the Arab.
Thoroughbred horses tend to have smaller hooves with thin soles and walls which means they are often prone to sore feet and crumbly walls. Certainly Basil has 'difficult' feet.
Worldwide there are about 195,000 active broodmares. In Great Britain about 5,000 Thoroughbred foals are produced each year, in the US about 37,000 and in Australia 18,250.
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