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Spanish Jennet Horse
2014-08-12 12:53:04

The Spanish Jennet horse registry holds horses that have been the results of attempts to recreate the extinct Spanish Jennet or a gaited horse with spots that resembles the Jennet. The original Jennet was a type of horse more than it was a breed, which was common of horses during the Middle Ages. It was typically used in cavalries and would become a popular riding horse after more refined...

Sorraia
2014-07-07 11:22:23

The Sorraia is breed of horse that is native to Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula. Although its exact origin is unknown, it is known to have developed in southern portions of this area, but only first became recognized by the scientific world in the twentieth century. One theory regarding its origin suggests that it is a descendent of a wild horse that once inhabited the area, while another...

Tori Horse
2014-07-03 13:16:45

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...

Tersk Horse
2014-06-27 16:31:46

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...

Silesian Horse
2014-06-25 14:01:44

The Silesian is a breed of horse originating from Silesia, Poland. Horse breeds that influenced the Silesian were mainly Thoroughbred and Oldenburg, but also East Friesian and German Halfbred occasionally used. To keep the breed from becoming extinct after World War II, imported stallions were used. In 2008, there were 5000 Silesian horses. The current stud book was formed in 1961. There...

Russian Heavy Draft Horse
2014-06-25 13:34:45

The Russian Heavy Draft is a breed of horse originating in the former Soviet Union and officially registered in 1952. It was developed by crossbreeding Russian mares with warmblood and draft horses like Orlov Trotter, Percheron and Ardennes in the mid-1880s. It is short and muscular with a thick mane and tail. The neck is well crested and thick. Its average height is 59 inches and reaches...

Messara Horse
2014-06-19 13:05:56

The Messara or Cretan is a breed of horse found on the island of Crete, off the coast of Greece. It is a native breed mostly inhabiting the Messara Plain. It originated by crossbreeding native stock with Arabian breeds imported in 1600s. It is a rare breed that in the early 1990s only 80 individuals were alive. A stud book and conservation program was formed in 1994 and the population has...

Menorquin Horse
2014-06-19 12:48:01

The Menorquin or Cavall Menorqui is a breed of horse native to the island of Menorca in the Balearic Islands. Its origin is not exactly known, but a few theories have been suggested. Research has been done concerning the Menorquin. Some reveal a link between it and Arab breeds, while others suggest it came from a Berber bloodline. Some believe the horse was imported to Menorca by King James...

Lipizzan Horse
2014-06-19 12:16:46

The Lipizzan or Lipizzaner is a breed of horse from Europe, whose ancestors date back to approximately A.D. 800. Barb horses were brought to Spain in the 7th century and crossed with native stock. The breeds developed were Andalusian and Iberian horses. In the 1500s, the Habsburg family ruled both Spain and Austria and desired a powerful and agile horse for use in the military and riding...

Karabair Horse
2014-06-17 07:05:27

The Karabair is an ancient breed of horse from Uzbekistan, Central Asia. In Chinese writings the breed was described as the “flying horse.” Its development most likely originated from Arabian and Mongol blood mixed later with desert horse breeds such as the Turkomene. There are three distinct types of Karabair horses. All three are similar in height, standing between 58 and 60 inches...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'