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Anatomy / Pedigree

Photographer: Kathy Landman
Good conformation starts with the bones - 205 bones make up the equine skeletal anatomy.
The neck is the most flexible portion of the horse’s spine.
A typical adult horse has forty permanent teeth.
The horse does not have a collarbone. Front legs are not attached to the rest of the skeleton.
The horse skeletal structure is held together with ligaments, tendons and muscles.
The hind quarters can propel the horse forward 40-miles an hour in six strides
Photographer: Kathy Landman

Every thoroughbred can trace its ancestry back to three foundation stallions that were imported to England in the eighteenth century: the Darley Arabian, the Byerly Turk and the Godolphin Arabian or Barb.

Photographer: Kathy Landman

The horse’s body provides three major functions: protects the internal organs, provides a skeletal structure and supports soft parts of the body.

Education Blogs

The Thoroughbred horse has been bred over more than three centuries to produce an animal that can run with great endurance at incredible speeds. Lineage and pedigree are important factors in breeding Thoroughbred race horses. Owners will do extensive research to decide which stallion they believ...

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Foals are evaluated on a consistent basis to ensure they are healthy and in good conformation. Soon after birth, a veternarian will examine the foal to check if everything is going well and if not, get specialized care for the baby. Foals are evaluated on a weekly basis for the first month of li...

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The cycle of breeding, gestation and delivery follows a specific timeline for Thoroughbred horses. Chris Baker at Three Chimneys Farm shares some background on that timeline and how the farm ensures the broodmares are safe and healthy. It is an excellent and thorough video with a beautiful ...

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Godolphin shares a short video on the unique color transition that can happen with foals. Watch to learn more. This video has a question at the end. The answer sheet is attached under the video.       ...

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A rich brown, soft silver or warm chestnut are all beautiful colors of Thoroughbred horses. These colors are part of their markings that help to identify the animal. Markings are defined as certain colors and characteristics that appear on a horse including the overall color of the horse such...

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