The Thoroughbred

The Thoroughbred is a comparatively young horse breed that originated in England by the crossing of a few imported Arabian stallions with good Hunter mares.

there are now famous studs in many countries including New Zealand, Australia, the U.S.A. and France, where the admirable cross of Thoroughbred and Arabian called Anglo-Arab, now breeds true.

In conformation, grace ofline and speed, the Thoroughbred has no equal, the name is now synonymous with racehorse, and these horses are used extensively to develop or improve other breeds.

But Thoroughbreds do tend to be nervous and highly strung, and though their quality and jumping ability fit them in many ways for sports other than racing, a Thoroughbred cross, often a half or three quarter-bred, usually proves more suitable for Eventing and Show Jumping.

In Australia many modern breeders are concentrating on Thoroughbred and light bloodstock in preference to the versatile type of animals called Walers from New South Wales.

The foundation stock of these horses included hot-blooded, Cape Horses brought in by traders in the late eighteenth century, and admirably suited to the rough work in the outback.

later thousands of them were drafted for general service with Army units, both in India and during the First World War.

This horse breed make good stock and riding horses, do well on Endurance rides and are first-class jumpers - in 1940 a Waler made the then world high jump of 8 ft 4 ins. They also have the not always enviable reputation of being better at bucking than American Bronchos.

But although there are still Walers at work on many sheep and cattle stations in their native land, and some units of the Australian Mounted Police still ride them, this utilitarian type is now unfashionable, which is a pity in view of their long and distinguished history.