Thoroughbred Horses - History
By the end of the 18th century, there were a considerable number of these horses in Great Britain. By keeping records of the bloodlines, breeders advanced in improving the breed. It is acknowledged that some stallions played an important role in the formation of the breed. They are Eclipse (born in 1764), Herod (1785), and Matchem (1748). Since the 18th century, breeders did not use the bloods of other horse breeds in Thoroughbred breeding. The first edition of the studbook appeared in 1793. This year marked a turning point in the development of the breed.
The history of Thoroughbred horses in America is closely connected with the history of the country. The first horse appeared in America in 1730. The tensions between the colonies and Great Britain slowed down the process of Thoroughbred imports. Political situations were not favorable for Thoroughbred breeding up to the end of the 18th century. Yet, Thoroughbred horse numbers plummeted in the 19th century resulting in the improvement of American stock quality. A considerable share of the Thoroughbred population was lost during the Civil War. However, the breed managed to survive hard times and is now extremely popular in the United States. The country is considered one of the leaders in the production of Thoroughbred horses.
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