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5 Fun Facts About Thoroughbreds

Stacey Lorton

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Thoroughbreds are known as the fast and furious breed of the horse world, and for very good reason! Gaining fame from legends such as Secretariat, Thoroughbreds are well known and loved by people all around the globe.

What people may not understand about this breed, is that the horses that comprise it are so much more than their racing skills; they are brilliant athletes, successful in many events outside of racing.

Read below to learn some fun and informative facts about this breed. If you learn a new piece of information from this article, make sure to comment below.

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1) Thoroughbreds are one of the fastest animals in the entire world:

Horses that belong to this breed, such as Secretariat and Winning Brew, have been clocked going 40 mph and over.

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2) Thoroughbreds participate in a wide variety of disciplines:

A lot of people outside the horse world wrongly believe that these equine athletes are only used for racing; this could not be further from the truth! This breed has had much success in disciplines such as dressage and show jumping. Interesting fact: Some people even use these gifted horses as their trail partners!

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3) This breed originated from three stallions:

All Thoroughbreds can be traced back to one of these three stallions: Byerly Turk, Godolphin Arabian and the Darley Arabian.

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4) Many Thoroughbreds all share the same birthday:

Unless born in the Southern Hemisphere, this breed celebrates their birthday on January 1st.

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5) These horses will cost you a pretty penny:

Even if you already are very aware of the fact that the horse industry is expensive, the price that some Thoroughbreds sell for will still blow your mind. Select horses within this breed have sold for over 15 million dollars!