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Kentucky State Horse

Thoroughbred horse - click to see all state animals
Thoroughbred horse Wiseman's Ferry photo © Barbara D. Livingston Photography (used by permission). See All State Animals - Mammals.

Thoroughbred

See thoroughbred horse video below

The thoroughbred (Equus caballus) was designated official state horse of Kentucky in 1996 (a thoroughbred horse is also featured on the Kentucky state quarter).

Racing thoroughbred horse - click to see more state mammals
Photo of racing thoroughbred horse from Wikipedia.
See All State Animals - Mammals.

The Thoroughbred is a breed of horse celebrated for speed and endurance. Thoroughbreds are best known as racehorses, but are also popular in other equestrian sports such as polo, hunting, and eventing. Off the track thoroughbreds are also used in police work, equine-assisted therapy, and vocational training in correctional facilities.

All thoroughbreds trace their lineage to three stallions brought to Great Britain from the Middle East over three-hundred years ago. Known as the “Foundation Stallions” they are the Byerly Turk, the Darley Arabian, and the Godolphin Arabian. They were bred to native horses to produce a breed that could sustain speed over an extended distance. The thoroughbred has been selectively bred for these qualities ever since. American thoroughbred pedigrees are documented in the American Stud Book, first compiled by Colonel Sanders Bruce of Kentucky in 1873.

Horses are official state symbols in 14 states

14 states have adopted state horse symbols; Vermont and Massachusetts: morgan horse; Alabama: racking horse; Idaho: Apaloosa horse; Kentucky and Maryland: thoroughbred horse; Tennessee: Tennessee walking horse; North Dakota: Nokota horse; Missouri: fox trotting horse, North Carolina: colonial Spanish mustang; Florida: Florida cracker horse; New Jersey: "the horse;" South Carolina: marsh tacky; and Texas: American Quarter horse. Horse symbols have been proposed by Oregon (Kiger mustang), and Arizona (colonial Spanish horse), but have not yet been adopted.
 

"Horse in Motion" animation - click to see all mammal symbols
Set of Eadweard Muybridge's photos in motion - notice the
frame numbers in lower left - public domain image on Wikipedia.
Thoroughbred animation frames - click to see all animal symbols
Muybridge's" The Horse in Motion" - public domain image on Wikipedia. See All State Animals - Mammals.

Source:
Kentucky's State Symbols: KY Dept. Libraries & Archives
Kentucky Symbols: Kentucky.gov
Kentucky Horse Park
International Museum of the Horse, Thoroughbred page
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Links:
All State Animals - Mammals


    

 

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