In the early 20th century, at the Tersk and Stavropol breeding farms in the Caucasus region of Russia, Russian horse breeders began breeding a new breed to replace their Strelets Arabians, a larger Arabian better suited to the climate of Russia. The Strelets had almost been wiped out during the Russian Revolution and were losing popularity. Only a few were remaining. These were crossed with Thoroughbreds and their native Don horses. The result was a pretty horse with lots of stamina. Though they are not as fast as a Thoroughbred, they do well over long distances, such as endurance rides.
For the past few decades, horses like that were bred, creating the breed now known as the Tersk, after the stud farm where in was bred.
Breed Description and Uses
The Tersk is a muscular horse standing an average of 15 to 16 hands high. They have short pasterns, long legs, and sloping shoulders. Their neck is of medium length, and their profile is slightly dished, with large expressive eyes, like the Arabian. Tersks are usually a shiny gray, though bay can be found as well. They are kind, patient, and willing to please.
Because of their stamina, Terks do well in endurance racing and eventing, and can be used in show jumping as well.