The Tori is a breed of horse that originated in Estonia. The first breed type was developed between 1890 to 1950 by crossing native mares with European stallions. The Tori’s quality slowly deteriorated from inbreeding depression found in the 1930s.
The Tori was then crossed with Breton Post-Horse stallions to alleviate the inbreeding depression. As a result a larger type of Tori was developed and became widespread. Further crossbreeding was introduced with Hanoverian, Holstein and Trakehner stallions to produce a light sporting horse and the purebred Tori’s population decreased.
As of the spring of 2014, there are fewer than 100 purebred Old-Tori horses left in Estonia.
The Tori has a coat color of black, bay, palomino, chestnut or liver chestnut. The new Tori breed is a solid horse with a medium to large head, a fleshy neck and a long flat back. It is muscular with a broad, deep chest and a broad rear. The Tori stands about 63 inches high.
The breeding ratio is about 86 foals per 100 mares. It is used mainly for harness racing.
Image Caption: Tori Horse. Credit: Rozpravka/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0, 1.0)