Tersk Horse

The Tersk is a breed of horse that originated in the Northern Caucasus mountains of Russia during the 1920s and 1940s. By the end of the 1920s, the breed almost became extinct, but the population increased due to adding two Strelets to the bloodline and by 1948 the Tersk Horse was recognized.

Many different breeds had an impact on the development of the Tersk with Strelets Arabians being the main bloodline of the Tersk. Later Arabian, Don, Kabarda, Thoroughbred, Russian Don and other mares and stallions were used.

The Tersk has a thin coat but adapts well to the harsh climate. The head is refined with large eyes and medium-length ears. It has a muscular neck, sloped shoulders, deep chest, strong back, muscular loins and a flat rear. The Tersk are normally gray or white with a silver sheen but some are chestnut. The mare will stand about 57.2 inches and the stallion about 60 inches high.

The horse is recognized for its endurance and used often in endurance racing. It is also used in dressage, show jumping and other forms of racing because of its speed.

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