breed relies on the existence of a stud book. The stud book records
and registers pedigree. However, a breed used to refer to a group(s)
of equines living in a particular area. They would be influenced
by their enviornment and would often have a similiar conformation,
coat colour, height and character. However, now horses are bred
more selectively. There are two types of stud book - an open book
and a closed book. The latter, stcok can only be registered if both
parents are already entered in to the book. With an open book, admission
of a horse is allowed provided they are the offspring of pedigree
are Equines that do not qualify for breed status, such as the Hunter,
and the Polo Horse. The reason for this, is that they lack fixed character.
e.g. The Hunter is a horse used for hunting - conformation, size,
charactor nor colour bare any importance on this type.