|Nobleblood. Sensitive, fast and prone to breakdown.|
There is some mystery about the origins of the Nobleblood. Certainly it has little in common with the native ponies, being taller, lighter in build, very delicate and entirely lacking in the Duchy pony's ability to protect its rider. Fairly solid rumour supports the notion that the progenitors of the Nobleblood are from fey lines.
Noblebloods are, in short, a luxury item par excellence. What they have in abundance is speed. With that speed goes considerable fragility. This fragilty seems to be the price to be paid for their blinding pace and their ability to pass on those genes to their offspring.
Most noble families have a studbook to their name. In much the same way as Duchy ponies are used as high currency, so too are Noblebloods. More than one marriage has been arranged to gain access to particularly treasured bloodlines.