Did You Know {160} ~ All Thoroughbred Horses Have A Common Ancestor

There are more than half a million thoroughbred racehorses throughout the word today, and practically all of them come from a group of just 28 horses born in the 1700s and 1800s. More than that, 95 percent of all of the male thoroughbreds are descended from a single stallion named Darley Arabian, born in the year 1700. The practice at the time was to breed many English mares with a handful of Arabian and similar stallions. Today, these are the most valuable horses in the world, though generations of inbreeding mean that some have severe health problems.

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