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Cape horses were extremely popular through the Boer Wars, butrnvery little is known about the status of the Cape Horse breed today. They originatedrnin South Africa and greatly resembles Basuto Horses, however they are larger.

rnrnHorses first arrived in South African when they were importedrnby the Dutch East India Trading Company in 1653. The first breeds were believedrnto be Barb and Arabian descendants shipped from the Island of Java, and theyrnwere the forefathers of both the Cape Horse and the Basuto.rnrn 

rnrnGradually, the Cape Horse was refined by introducingrnThoroughbred and Arabian blood. Through these crosses, the breed became largerrnand sportier than its Basuto brethren. Despite its huge popularity as a battlernhorse, the breed declined rapidly after the Boer Wars. The breed was also decimatedrnby the introduction of low-quality Thoroughbred and crossbreed horses into thernbloodline. Today, there is a movement to revive the Cape Horse as a regimentedrnbreed.rnrn 

rnrnThey have a large head and a slender nexk. Theirrnhindquarters are muscular and their legs are strong. They are both fast andrnpowerful. The bloodline has clearly been injected with Thoroughbred blood.

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