The Toric, or Tori, originated in Estonia
during the 19th century and is a relatively young breed. The breed
developed by crossing the Klepper with Arabian, Hackney, East Friesian,
Ardennes, Hanover, Thoroughbred, Orlov, and Trakehner blood. It
is sometimes called the Estonian Klepper or the Double Klepper.
It is a draft horse of great quality which is suitable for farm
and agricultural work, and in some strains as a riding horse.
The foundation sire is considered to
be the stallion Hetman, who had Norfolk Trotter and Anglo-Norman
roots. They have a medium-to-large-sized head with a straight profile,
a long, muscular neck, massive shoulders, and a broad, deep chest.
The back can be long, but is wide with muscular quarters and a well-set
tail. The legs are short and strong, with good joints and strong
tendons. Usually they are either chestnut, gray, brown, or bay with
white markings, and stand around 15 hands. They are an attractive
horse and show a natural ability for jumping.
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