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Tori, or Tori Hobune, horses were developed at the Tori studrnin Estonia from 1890 to 1950. They were developed by crossing native Estonianrnmares with European half bred stallions. They were mainly founded by a stallionrnnamed Hetman, whose sire was Stewart, a crossbreed of a Norfolk Trotter and anrnAnglo-Norman mare. The Tori breed was formed by breeding Hetman and his sons.rnThus, a valuable breeding nucleus rapidly formed, that slowed as signs ofrninbreeding depression were found in the 1930's. This deteriorated performancernand robustness. To eliminate this inbreeding depression, Toris were crossedrnwith Breton Post-horse stallions, and as a result, the massive type of Torirnbecame widespread while the quality of the gaits declined. The need for arncombination of utility and sporting qualities in horse led to crossings withrnHanoverian and Trakehner stallions. Recent horse breeders have been tryingrnmainly to get a very light sport horse-type of horse, resulting in a rapid lossrnof purebred Tori. There are fewer than 100 purebreds and only three purebredrnstuds remaining.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnTori horses are found mainly in the black, bay, palomino,rnchestnut, and liver chestnut. Today's Tori is a harness horse that has a cleanrnand solid build. They have a large to medium-sized head, a shortened poll, arnneck that is medium in length and fleshy, withers that are average in height, arnback that is long and flat, a loin that is broad as well as a croup that isrnbroad, and they are well muscled. They have a very broad and deep chest, and theirrnlimbs that are clean and properly set. Tori stallions are usually 162 cm or 16rnhand high at the withers. The mares have high fertility ratio, with 86 foalsrnper 100 mares.

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