- Equiworld horse breeds and horse breeding.
The Tersk Breed was studbred at the Tersk Stud
in the Caucasus of Russia during between 1921 and 1950, to replace the Strelets
Arab which had almost died out during the civil war. This was achieved by
judicious crossing of the two remaining Strelets Arab stallions and three pure
Arab stallions with Arab x Don and Strelets x Kabardin mares. The original
Strelets horses were of a quality Anglo-Arab type with Arab appearance but
larger and with more substance.
The breed is now concentrated at the Stavropol
Stud, also in the Caucasus. Due to the breeding and rearing taking place on the
Steppes, their is an inherent toughness about the breed. In these
circumstances, it is definitely "survival of the fittest" (weaker
stock will succumb to pneumonia or wolves).
||The size of Tersk
horses varies between 15 and 16 hands and there are different types within the
breed. There is a lighter, rangier Eastern type and the more substantial
Massive type that usually has an infusion of Trakener blood. The predominant
colour is grey, usually with a metallic silvery sheen to it, but bays,
chestnuts and blacks do also occur.
Tersks have wonderful
temperaments and are athletic and versatile. In Russia they are raced routinely
and their speeds are faster than Arabs. They are slower than thoroughbreds over
the shorter distances, though they compare favourably over the longer trips.
Tersks are successful in eventing and dressage, are excellent showjumpers, as
well as making top class endurance horses due to their great stamina. Tersk
horses have been imported into Scotland and are being bred here. With proper
worming and nutrition, (something which cannot always be provided in their
native land), the stock is growing big and strong - hopefully some of the
youngsters will reach 16 h.h. They are being proven in all disciplines and
earning favourable recognition in whatever they turn their hooves to.
information and pictures in this section are provided by the British Tersk
CONTACT: CANDY CAMERON,
DRUMMOND, DORES, INVERNESSSHIRE.
Fax.+44(0)1463 751240. E-Mail
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Tersk, Russian horses and horsemanship please
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Updated: October 2005.