Thoroughbred

In my Trilogy horses play a pretty big role at some stage. My main character, Liza, will escape the city and a ill relationship and will head out to the country, where she will find back to herself through horses. She will bond with a thoroughbred and will start engaging with the breeder’s family.

The horse Liza will bond with is named ‘Flash’ and I picture him similar to the horse in the picture below (although this one is an Arab, but they are both high in blood…). So I figured I give you some info about what a Thoroughbred is. Thanks Wikipedia for rounding it all up so nicely:

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 “hot-blooded” horses, known for their agility, speed and spirit.

The Thoroughbred as it is known today was developed in 17th- and 18th-century England, when native mares were crossbred with imported Oriental stallions of Arabian, Barb, and Turkoman breeding. All modern Thoroughbreds can trace their pedigrees to three stallions originally imported into England in the 17th century and 18th century, and to a larger number of foundation mares of mostly English breeding. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Thoroughbred breed spread throughout the world; they were imported into North America starting in 1730 and into Australia, Europe, Japan and South America during the 19th century. Millions of Thoroughbreds exist today, and more than 118,000Β foals are registered each year worldwide.

Thoroughbreds are used mainly for racing, but are also bred for other riding disciplines such as show jumping, combined training, dressage, polo, and fox hunting. They are also commonly crossbred to create new breeds or to improve existing ones, and have been influential in the creation of the Quarter Horse, Standardbred, Anglo-Arabian, and various warmblood breeds.

Thoroughbred racehorses perform with maximum exertion, which has resulted in high accident rates and health problems such as bleeding from the lungs. Other health concerns include low fertility, abnormally small hearts and a small hoof-to-body-mass ratio. There are several theories for the reasons behind the prevalence of accidents and health problems in the Thoroughbred breed, and research is ongoing.

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  1. Interesting information and a lovely image. He’s a magnificent creature.

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  2. Beautiful horse and very well described. Thank you

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  3. If the horse will be an important part of the story, I think you could include the fact that outside of the racing industry, they have a fairly bad reputation for being difficult and dangerous. I’m not sure if you are a horsey person or not, so sorry if I’m telling you things you already know. But I think you could use the TB’s reputation to create friction with other horsey characters with them putting the horse or her ability down, especially if the horse is an ex racehorse. Just a thought I had πŸ™‚

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