By PetMD Editorial. Reviewed by Courtnee Morton, DVM on May 29, 2023

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.

Physical Characteristics

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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