|Conservation status||FAO (2007): endangered: 139|
|Country of origin||Russian Federation|
|Colour||grey, dark colours: 507|
Among the horses brought there in 1925 were two stallions and a few mares of the Ukrainian Strelets breed;: 89 this breed, now extinct, was a part-bred Arab with some influence of Orlov Trotter, Don and Kabardin.: 507 The two stallions, Tsenitel and Tsilindr, were used on cross-bred mares with Arab, Don, Kabardin and Strelets blood. To create the Tersk breed, the resulting mares were put to Arab stallions, among them Koheilan IV, Marosh, and Nasim.: 300 The intent was to create riding horse of Arab type, but larger and better adapted to extensive management in the taboon system.: 507 : 300 The breed was officially recognised in 1948.
The Tersk is similar in conformation to the Arab. It has a light head with straight profile; the shoulders are sloped, the chest broad, the back straight, the croup rounded, and the legs slender but strong. The tail is set on high. The skin is fine, as is the hair of the coat, mane and tail.: 258 The coat is often a silvery grey, but may also be bay or chestnut.: 258
The Tersk is well suited to use in eventing, in cross-country riding, in dressage and in show-jumping.: 258 It may be used for endurance riding, in which it excels; in one race over 310 km (190 mi), all participating Tersk horses finished the course without difficulty.: 301 The horses are often used in circuses.: 89
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