SOME MORPHOLOGICAL TRAITS OF THOROUGHBRED HORSES IN TURKEY
Published in AgroLife Scientific Journal, Vol 1, Issue 1
Written by Orhan YILMAZ, Mehmet ERTUGRUL
This is the first document on Thoroughbred Horses in Turkey. The aim of this study was to define body coat colour and some morphological traits of Turkish Thoroughbred horses used for race in Balikesir and Konya regions. In this study, a total of 52 Thoroughbred horses, 14 males and 38 females, were analyzed in two age groups of 4-5 and 6-9 years, respectively. Descriptive statistics gave the following means: withers height 164.1 ± 0.64 cm, height at rump 162.7 ±0.65 cm, body length 167.3 ± 0.72 cm, heart girth circumferences 193.3 ± 0.43 cm, chest depth 79 ± 0.57 cm, and cannon circumferences 20.1 ± 0.18 cm. In this study, the frequencies of body coat colour of the sampled horses for bay colour was 34.6%, chestnut 30.8%, black 25%, and gray 9.6%. It can be concluded that Turkish Thoroughbred Horses is almost similar to other Thoroughbred Horses raised in other countries.