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The thoroughbred is best known for its use in horse racing. They are also bred for other riding disciplines, such as show jumping, combined training, dressage, polo, and fox hunting. Although the word "thoroughbred" is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered a "hot-blooded" horse, known for their agility, speed and spirit. They are commonly cross-bred with other breeds to create new breeds or to improve existing ones, and have been influential in the creation of many important breeds, such as the Quarter Horse, the Anglo-Arabian, and various Warmblood breeds.