Horses of the don breed
For many centuries horses of the don breed
On donchaks Russian soldiers under the leadership of the famous commander A. V. Suvorov made the famous transition through the Alps. The dons fought valiantly during the Patriotic war of 1812 ataman Platov Cossacks against Napoleon’s troops.
There is still the Karabakh Azerbaijani, Uzbek carbary, Carpathian Hutsul horses, Tajik locity,- all not to enumerate. During the years of Soviet power eleven new breeds of horses were created, including Kustanai, tori, Vladimir, heavy, Russian Trotter.
In the USSR 103 state horse plant, 60 racecourses, 700 collective and state horse centres, 150 state factory stables and plasticy in which there are more than two thousand breeding stallions.
Only on the territory of the USSR there are 58 state stud farms, not counting the Pilot plant of the Institute of horse breeding. At the disposal of these plants more than 21 thousand horses, including 6210 breeding mares. In the Agricultural and Veterinary academies at the departments of horse breeding prepare highly qualified specialists. Near Moscow, in the village of Uspensky, there is a training and demonstration stud.
One of the heroes of Shakespeare in the tragedy of “Richard III” exclaims: “Horse, horse, half the Kingdom for the horse!”These words almost in direct sense can be attributed to value of modern thoroughbred horse. Not so long ago in the United States seven-year-old horse named Producer – master races at the racetrack – was sold at an international auction for 5 million 250 thousand dollars! I do not know if this record is in the Guinness book, but according to my information, this is the highest price that has ever been offered for one horse. Before that, I heard about the sum of “only” four and a half million dollars.