The Anglo-Kabarda is a unique breed established in Caucasus, formerly a part of the Soviet Union, by crossing Kabarda mares with Thoroughbred stallions in the 1920s and 30s. Despite its large size, the Anglo-Karbarda is capable of navigating mountainous terrain. However, it is most commonly used for riding and equestrian sports.
Standing at about 15.2 to 16 hands high (60.8–66.4 inches, 154-159 centimeters) with a dense, dark-colored coat, the Anglo-Kabarda horse is taller than most other breeds. In fact, the Anglo-Kabarda is larger and faster than the pure Kabarda, though it has inherited its straight back, slightly sloped croup and sure-footedness from the Kabarda. Additionally, the Anglo-Kabarda inherited its well-formed joints, sloping shoulders, and long legs and neck from its other progenitor: the Thoroughbred.
Personality and Temperament
This breed is a true mix of its heritage, known for being highly versatile, trainable, but spirited. They are agile and intelligent, but also resilient, making it suitable for a wide range of disciplines.
History and Background
Formally known as Anglo-Kabardinskaya porodnaya-gruppa, the Anglo-Kabarda is technically the result of the cross between an English Thoroughbred stallion and a Kabarda mare—thus its name, which literally means "English Kabarda." There are three main Thoroughbred stallions that are primarily credited with the propagation of the Anglo-Kabarda breed: Loksen, Leikki, and Lestorik. Current breeding standards demand that an Anglo-Kabarda horse have between 25 and 75 percent English Thoroughbred blood.
Today, there are around 6,300 Anglo-Kabardas, many of which are used in national and Olympic-level equestrian events. Aside from being a good sports horse, however, the Anglo-Kabarda is used as a farm and work horse in Caucasus.
Health and Care
The Anglo-Kabarda, while known for its hardiness, does require responsible care for their well-being. Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, dental exams, and deworming should be implemented, as should regular hoof care with a trained farrier, to prevent common hoof issues. Thoroughbreds and their lineage can be prone to developing thin soles, low heels, and long, under-run toes, which can predispose to laminitis, stone bruises, thrush, and other lameness issues.
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