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Karacabey Horses originated in Turkey but became extinctrnduring the late 20th century.

rnrnAfter the establishment of Turkey as an independent nation,rnthe Turks bred horses they called Karacabey at the Karacabey Stud. They wererndeveloped by crossing a Turkish strain of Arabians bred specifically for racingrnwith the native Anadolu and Nonius breeds.rnrn 

rnrnHigh quality show jumpers began to be imported from Francernand Germany, and the Karacabey breed was forgotten in favor of the exoticrnbreeds. Another reason for its decline was competition from motor vehicles; therngovernment decided there was no longer a need for this horse. The KaracabeyrnStud ceased all breeding of the Karacabey horse in 1980, and approximatelyrn3,000 horses were sold at auction to the public. In a short time, crossed withrnother Turkish breeds, the Karacabey virtually disappeared, and today there arernno Karacabey horses in Turkey. Ironically, almost as soon as the breed hadrnvanished, the sport horse came to the fore as never before throughout thernworld, and Turkish officials deeply regretted the loss of this fine breed.rnKaracabey Stud now breeds the Arabian, Haflinger, and half-bred Halfinger.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnThe Karacabey was a very sound breed with good conformation,rnshowing Arabian influence but with more body mass. They usually stood at 15.1rnto 16.1 hands high, and were bay, black, gray, roan, or chestnut. They had arnwell-proportioned head with a straight profile, set on a slightly arched neck.rnThey had pronounced withers, a wide, deep chest, sloping shoulders, a straightrnback, and a rounded, muscular croup. Their legs were strong and solid, withrngood joints and bone structure and well formed, tough hooves. The breed wasrnsaid to be the only Turkish breed that displayed uniformity of type andrnconsistent transmission of breed characteristics.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnThe Karacabey Stud also bred a larger horse called thernKaracabey-Nonius, now also extinct. The Karacabey-Nonius was bred as a harnessrnhorse and show jumper and was produced by crossing the Karacabey to the Anadolurnand Nonius breeds. This breed easily jumped over five feet and averaged betweenrn15 and 16 hands. Breeding the Karacabey-Nonius horses ceased entirely in 1970.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnKaracabeys were used as a riding and pack horse, and forrnlight draft and farm work. At one time, Turkey sent a fine Karacabey horse tornEngland as a gift to the Queen, and this horse became a champion polo horse.rnThe Karacabey was also a notable jumper.

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