Most of the lines present today are from 5 famous Arabian mares, namely Harlan, El Adjust, Signal, Hayden, Haldane, and Obama. Unlike most riders, the Bedouin Arabs used their male horses only for mating, and the mares were used for riding, hunting, and war.
Hence, the Arabian horses make a great family pet and are super calm around people. Stallions (castrated adult males) should never be trusted around beginning riders; they are almost unsafe.
Mares (adult females) are moodier, but some could be gentle and sweet as a beginner horse. Generally, geldings (castrated adult male) are the calmest and make the best beginner horse.
The Arabian breed has some distinct personality traits that make them well suited for a beginner horse. The Arabian horse has a ground-covering gait, which makes them exceptionally smooth to ride.
Despite their small size, they carry the rider well and make a great mount. Years of selective breeding have brought forward the best characteristics in Arabian horses.
Arabian horses are loyal and friendly with humans; therefore, they make dependable mounts for new riders and even children. Arabian horses are one of the more intelligent horse breeds in the world and tend to understand the rider.
A younger or inexperienced horse is never an appropriate choice for beginner riders. The horse should be easy to tack up; they should comfortably stand to get saddled and to get their hooves done.
Another characteristic of a beginner horse is the smooth gait to make the ride less bumpy for the new riders. Quite literally, no horse breed can be deemed completely safe for beginner riders.
Approach your horse making an arc, avoid eye contact and try to build rapport. Offer your hand for the horse to smell and pat it gently to establish a connection.
And try to balance yourself by distributing your weight evenly on the opposite shoulder instead of hanging from one side. Do not hold the reins in a death grip; this will make the animal panic and nervous.
To make this experience worthwhile, one should carefully pick a beginner horse. An old Arabian gelding or a mare with a calm temperament can be a great beginner’s mount.
A teenage horse has ample experience for handling a novice rider. A young inexperienced horse could be disastrous for a beginning rider.
Arabians have a kind and calm temperament as compared to other hot-blooded horse breeds. In this article, we’ll discuss in detail the general Arabian Horse traits, the variations in their temperament and what might cause them to become aggressive.
This horse was considered the most prized possession of a Bedouin, and so they were kept close with the family in the same tent. Here are a few Arabian Horse facts and traits that make this breed perfect for domestication.
Hundreds of years ago, the Bedouins would let their prized Arabian mares in their tents during the nights. That means that Arabians were always composed, gentle, and comfortable around smaller kids.
The modern ArabianHorses carry this characteristic in their genes and tend to react normally to children. Arabian horses can go to any lengths to please their owners and have excellent work ethics.
It’s almost as if they like taking responsibility and doing an excellent job in exchange for a small treat and appreciation. Arabians are highly intelligent and sensitive horses, and that is why they don’t accept inept training methods or blatant use of force.
Being intelligent horses, Arabians are great at picking commands and learning new habits. Due to their train ability and endurance, they make good movie horses, too.
ArabianHorses have a long history of being in proximity with humans which has made their temperament mild. Like any other horse, they don’t appreciate the use of force against them, but they tend to forgive with time.
Arabian horses are amazing as therapy animals for children and the elderly with mental disorders or developmental delays. Just like humans, there are good and bad horses, and you cannot generalize a whole breed based on individual characteristics.
In fact, most Arabian horses are kind, patient, and develop a strong rapport with humans, making great companions. Though Arabian horses have a cool temperament, and they are great family horses, but they are hot-blooded too and could be high-strung.
They are especially gentle with children and it has also been noted that Arabian horses are extra careful with young riders. The term “bombproof” refers to a horse that doesn’t get spooked easily.
Years of warfare training has made Arabian horses deadly quiet and almost nothing can spook them. Arabian horses are high energy hot-blooded horses, they can be moody and if the rider gets irritated, they can sense it and respond.
The career they were bred and trained for also plays a huge role in their personality development. Being the purest breed of horse, the Arabian ’s have some distinct physical features.
The Arabian horses have their own potential set of genetic diseases, and they can affect the temperament of a horse to a great extent. A disease or a sickness can significantly affect the temperament of a horse because there is always some discomfort attached to the illness.
Therefore, it’s highly likely that a horse feels agitated because of pain induced as a result of a disease. A negative change in the temperament of an otherwise calm horse is a strong indication of an underlying problem and a vet should immediately be called for a checkup.
They are best suited as a family horse as they tend to enjoy human company and create strong bonds. Arabian horses have distinctive features, the wedge-shaped head concave profile, and high tail carriage that makes them easily recognizable horses.
Arabian horses make great mounts for children and beginner riders because they stay calm, listen to commands promptly. An Arabian's most identifiable characteristics are its finely chiseled head, dished face, long arching neck and high tail carriage.
Every time an Arabian move in its famous “floating trot,” he announces to the world his proud, graceful nature. In general, Arabians have a short, straight back (usually one less vertebra than is common with other breeds), perfect balance and symmetry, a deep chest, well-sprung ribs, strong legs of thick density and a more horizontal pelvic bone position.
(descriptions in italics are quoted from the Breed Standards found in the Arabian Chapter of the Used Rule Book): In these harsh desert conditions evolved the Arabian with its large lung capacity and incredible endurance.
Historical figures like Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Alexander the Great and George Washington rode Arabians. Given that the Arabian was the original source of quality and speed and remains foremost in the fields of endurance and soundness, he still either directly or indirectly contributed to the formation of virtually all the modern breeds of horses.
Such practices, which eventually helped the Arabian become a prized possession throughout the world, have led to the beautiful athletic breed we know today, which is marked by a distinctive dished profile; large, lustrous, wide-set eyes on a broad forehead; small, curved ears; and large, efficient nostrils. The subject is hazardous, for archaeologists' spades and shifting sands of time are constantly unsettling previously established thinking.
There are certain arguments for the ancestral Arabian having been a wild horse in northern Syria, southern Turkey and possibly the Piedmont regions to the east as well. The area along the northern edge of the Fertile Crescent comprising part of Iraq and running along the Euphrates and west across Sinai and along the coast to Egypt, offered a mild climate and enough rain to provide an ideal environment for horses.
Other historians suggest this unique breed originated in the southwestern part of Arabia, offering supporting evidence that the three great riverbeds in this area provided natural wild pastures and were the centers in which Arabian horses appeared as undomesticated creatures to the early inhabitants of southwestern Arabia. Because the interior of the Arabian Peninsula has been dry for approximately 10,000 years, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, for horses to exist in that arid land without the aid of man.
Provided the Bedouins (nomadic inhabitants of the Middle East desert regions) with means of transport and sustenance needed to survive the perils of life in central Arabia, an area into which they ventured about 2,500 B.C. There can be little dispute, however, that the Arabian horse has proved to be, throughout recorded history, an original breed, which remains to this very day.
The people of the East had obtained great mastery over their hot-blooded horses, which were the forerunners of the breed that eventually became known as Arabian.” About 3,500 years ago the hot-blooded horse assumed the role of kingmaker in the East, including the Valley of the Nile and beyond, changing human history and the face of the world.
The Pharaohs were able to extend the Egyptian empire by harnessing the horse to their chariots and relying on his power and courage. With his help, societies of such distant lands as the Indus Valley civilizations were united with Mesopotamian cultures.
The empires of the Hurricane, Hittites, Assizes, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and others rose and fell under his thundering hooves. His strength made possible the initial concepts of a cooperative universal society, such as the Roman Empire.
The Arabian “pony express” shrank space, accelerated communications and linked empires together throughout the eastern world. This awe-inspiring horse of the East appears on seal rings, stone pillars and various monuments with regularity after the 16th century B.C.
A popular concept links the word with nomad ism, connecting it with the Hebrew “Arabia,” dark land or steppe land, also with the Hebrew “Fresh,” mixed and hence organized as opposed to organized and ordered life of the sedentary communities, or with the root “Abhor”-to move or pass. In the Koran a'RAB is used for Bedouins (nomadic desert dwellers) and the first certain instance of its Biblical use as a proper name occurs in Her.
The Bedouin horse breeders were fanatic about keeping the blood of their desert steeds absolutely pure, and through line breeding and inbreeding, celebrated strains evolved which were particularly prized for distinguishing characteristics and qualities. The harsh desert environment ensured that only the strongest and keenest horse survived, and it was responsible for many of the physical characteristics distinguishing the breed to this day.
“An Arabian will take care of its owner as no other horse will, for it has not only been raised to physical perfection, but has been instilled with a spirit of loyalty unparalleled by that of any other breed.” Somewhere in the inhospitable deserts of the Middle East centuries ago, a breed of horse came into being that would influence the equine world beyond all imagination.
Long before Europeans were to become aware of his existence, the horse of the desert had established himself as a necessity for survival of the Bedouin people. The mythology and romance of the breed grew with each passing century as stories of courage, endurance and wealth intermingled with the genealogies.
The very nature of the breed, its shape as well as its color, was influenced by religious belief, superstition and tradition. The great arching neck with a high crest, the “Mitch” was a sign of courage, while a gaily-carried tail showed pride.
Do in part to the religious significance attached to the Arabian horse, as well as the contribution it made to the wealth and security of the tribe, the breed flourished in near isolation. Any mixture of foreign blood from the mountains or the cities surrounding the desert was strictly forbidden.
Such a raid was only successful if the aggressors could attack with surprise and speed and make good their escape. Mares were the best mounts for raiding parties, as they would not nicker to the enemy tribe's horses, warning of their approach.
The best war mares exhibited great courage in battle, taking the charges and the spear thrusts without giving ground. Speed and endurance were essential as well, for the raids were often carried out far from the home camp, family and children.
If a desert traveler touched their tent pole, they were obligated to provide for this “guest”, his entourage and animals for up to three days without request for payment. A welcome guest would find his mare's bridle hung from the center pole of his hosts' tent to indicate his status.
In this way, tribes that were often at war would meet and, with great hospitality, break bread and share stories of their bravest and fastest horses. Breeding stock could be bought and sold, but as a rule, the war mares carried no price.
Through the centuries the tribes who roamed the northern desert in what is now Syria became the most esteemed breeders of fine horses. The value placed upon the mare led inevitably to the tracing of any family of the Arabian horse through his dam.
The five basic families of the breed, known as “Al Hausa”, include Median, Sega, Bean, Haldane and Had ban. Daughters and granddaughters of these fabled mares changed hands through theft, bribery and deceit.
They were small horses, seldom above 14.2 hands, commonly gray and carried more white markings than other strains. Haldane horses were often considered plain, with an athletic if somewhat masculine, large boned build.
The average height of a Had ban was 14.3 hands, the primary color brown or bay with few if any white markings. While the Bedouin bred their horses in great obscurity, the highly war like people of the East rode their Barbs and Turks into Europe, bringing havoc with them and leaving waste in their wake.
Though few Arabian horses accompanied the Turks and Vandals on their forays into Europe, their hardy Barb and Turkish mountain horses were no less impressive to their victims. An interest in these “Eastern” horses grew, along with fantastical stories of prowess, speed, endurance and even jumping ability.
To own such a horse would not only allow for the improvement of local stock, but would endow the fortunate man with incredible prestige. Europeans of means, primarily royalty, went to great lengths to acquire these fabled horses.
As the world slowly shrank due to increasing travel abroad, the Turkish rulers of the Ottoman Empire began to send gifts of Arabian horses to European heads of state. By direct infusion, and through the blood of the Thoroughbred, the Arabian has contributed, to some degree to all our light breeds of horses.
Today the Arabian horse exists in far greater numbers outside its land of origin than it ever did in the Great Desert. In the early part of the last century; greed, ambition, desire for prestige, as well as an honest interest in saving the breed from extinction was the driving force behind governments, royal families and adventuring private citizens alike in the acquisition and propagation of this great prize of the Bedouin people--the Arabian horse.
European horses soon felt an extensive infusion of Arabian blood, especially as a result of the Christian Crusaders returning from the East between the years 1099 A.D. and 1249 A.D. With the invention of firearms, the heavily armored knight lost his importance and during the 16th century handy, light and speedy horses were in demand for use as cavalry mounts. Subsequent wars proved the superiority of the Arabian horse as the outstanding military mount throughout the world.
By direct infusion, and through the blood of the Thoroughbred, the Arabian has contributed, to some degree, to all our light breeds of horses. In the 1800s travelers in the Victorian era became enamored with the horse of the desert as significant Arabian stud farms were founded throughout Europe.
The royal families of Poland established notable studs, as did the kings of Germany and other European nations. This stud eventually provided foundation horses for many countries, including Russia, Poland, Australia, North and South America and Egypt.
In 1877, General Ulysses S. Grant visited Abdul Hamid II, His Imperial Majesty the Sultan of Turkey. The Chicago Worlds Fair held in 1893 drew widespread public attention and had an important influence upon the Arabian horse in America.
One of the most significant importations occurred in 1906 when Homer Davenport received permission from the Sultan of Turkey to export Arabian horses. The Davenport importation of Arabian horses direct from the desert excited the few Arabian breeders in this country.
This group of breeders decided that the time was right to form a registry to promote the horse and encourage the importation of new blood. The Albert Harris importation consisted of two horses from England in 1924 and five from the Head and Need desert regions in 1930 and 1931.
Joseph Draper brought Spanish Arabians into the American picture when he imported five horses from Spain in 1934. Significant importations followed from these countries by several groups of dedicated breeders and again a new era of Arabian horse breeding dawned.
With so few Arabian horses, it was no easy task to find enough to adequately represent the breed in the endurance ride. The Army wanted to increase the weight carried to 245 pounds and the Arabian owners agreed.
Mr. Harris wrote: “With two endurance rides to the credit of Arabian horses in 1919 and 1920, the U.S. Remount, and incidentally the Jockey Club, felt something had to be done to beat these little horses in the next ride...” The Army selected all Thoroughbreds or grade Thoroughbreds which were all ridden by Cavalry majors. In spite of the Army's efforts, the first prize in the 1921 Cavalry Endurance Ride went to W.R. Brown's purebred Arabian gelding *Crabbe #309.
Mr. Kellogg had originally given the stud to the state of California, but during World War II the Remount Service wanted it, and they got it (including 97 purebred Arabians). Mr. Kellogg, with much public support, arranged to have the ranch given to California Polytechnic College that continues to maintain an Arabian breeding program today.
These stellar qualities of the Arabian horse were also the natural result of a good original stock, which by intensive breeding in a favorable environment had maintained its purity. His blood is commanding to a remarkable degree, and invariably dominates all the breeds to which it is introduced and contributes its own superior qualities to them.
In Russia, the blood of the Arabian horse contributed largely to the development of the Karloff Trotter. And in America, again it was the Arabian horse that became the progenitor of the Morgan and through the English Thoroughbred, to make the Trotter.
The high intelligence, train ability, gentle disposition and stamina of the Arabian enable it to excel at a wide variety of activities popular today. In addition, the Arabians' Bedouin heritage is evident in their unequaled ability to bond with humans, making them the perfect horse for family members of all ages.
With today's prices comparable with other popular breeds, excellent Arabian horses are now accessible to a broad base of horse enthusiasts. And, with more living Arabian horses in the U.S. than in all the other countries in the world combined, America has some of the best horses and breeding farms from which to choose.
The traits that were bred into the Arabian through ancient times created a versatile horse that is not only a beautiful breed, but also one that excels at many activities. In the U.S., horses were associated with the individuals or farms that bred them, which explains why enthusiasts refer to “Baboon,” “Davenport” and “Kellogg” bloodlines.
Sometimes a horse bred in one country but acquired by another, either through sale or the spoils of war, is referred to by the nationality of its adopted country. The various bloodlines reflect the love and dedication that breeders have always had regarding the preservation, history and essence of this beautiful and captivating breed. Occasional dominant white, Sabine, or Fabiano patterns. Distinguishing featuresFinely chiseled bone structure, concave profile, arched neck, comparatively level croup, high-carried tail. Breed standards Arabian or Arab horse (Arabic : , DMG Nisan Arab) is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula.
With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses in the Middle East that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years.
Throughout history, Arabian horses have spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bone. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse.
The Arabian developed in a desert climate and was prized by the nomadic Bedouin people, often being brought inside the family tent for shelter and protection from theft. Selective breeding for traits, including an ability to form a cooperative relationship with humans, created a horse breed that is good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please.
The Arabian also developed the high spirit and alertness needed in a horse used for raiding and war. This combination of willingness and sensitivity requires modern Arabian horse owners to handle their horses with competence and respect.
Arabians dominate the discipline of endurance riding, and compete today in many other fields of equestrian sport. They are one of the top ten most popular horse breeds in the world.
They are now found worldwide, including the United States and Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, continental Europe, South America (especially Brazil), and their land of origin, the Middle East. A purebred Arabian stallion, showing dished profile, arched neck, level croup and high-carried tail Arabian horses have refined, wedge-shaped heads, a broad forehead, large eyes, large nostrils, and small muzzles.
Most display a distinctive concave, or “dished” profile. Many Arabians also have a slight forehead bulge between their eyes, called the jib bah by the Bedouin, that adds additional sinus capacity, believed to have helped the Arabian horse in its native dry desert climate.
Another breed characteristic is an arched neck with a large, well-set windpipe set on a refined, clean throat latch. This structure of the poll and throat latch was called the Mitch or Mitch by the Bedouin.
In the ideal Arabian it is long, allowing flexibility in the bridle and room for the windpipe. Other distinctive features are a relatively long, level croup, or top of the hindquarters, and naturally high tail carriage.
The Used breed standard requires Arabians have solid bone and standard correct equine conformation. Some individuals have wider, more powerfully muscled hindquarters suitable for intense bursts of activity in events such as reining, while others have longer, leaner muscling better suited for long stretches of flat work such as endurance riding or horse racing.
Arabians usually have dense, strong bone, and good hoof walls. They are especially noted for their endurance, and the superiority of the breed in Endurance riding competition demonstrates that well-bred Arabians are strong, sound horses with superior stamina.
At international FEI -sponsored endurance events, Arabians and half-Arabians are the dominant performers in distance competition. Mounted skeleton of an Arabian horse, showing underlying structure of breed characteristics including short back, high-set tail, distinction between level croup and well-angulated hip.
This specimen also has only 5 lumbar vertebrae. Some Arabians, though not all, have 5 lumbar vertebrae instead of the usual 6, and 17 pairs of ribs rather than 18. A quality Arabian has both a relatively horizontal croup and a properly angled pelvis as well as good croup length and depth to the hip (determined by the length of the pelvis), that allows agility and impulsion.
A misconception confuses the towline of the croup with the angle of the “hip” (the pelvis or ilium), leading some to assert that Arabians have a flat pelvis angle and cannot use their hindquarters properly. The hip angle is determined by the attachment of the ilium to the spine, the structure and length of the femur, and other aspects of hindquarter anatomy, which is not correlated to the towline of the sacrum.
Thus, the Arabian has conformation typical of other horse breeds built for speed and distance, such as the Thoroughbred, where the angle of the ilium is more oblique than that of the croup. Thus, the hip angle is not necessarily correlated to the towline of the croup.
Horses bred to gallop need a good length of croup and good length of hip for proper attachment of muscles, and so unlike angle, length of hip and croup do go together as a rule. The breed standard stated by the United States Equestrian Federation, describes Arabians as standing between 14.1 to 15.1 hands (57 to 61 inches, 145 to 155 cm) tall, “with the occasional individual over or under”.
Thus, all Arabians, regardless of height, are classified as horses “, even though 14.2 hands (58 inches, 147 cm) is the traditional cutoff height between a horse and a pony. A common myth is that Arabians are not strong because they are relatively small and refined.
However, the Arabian horse is noted for a greater density of bone than other breeds, short cannons, sound feet, and a broad, short back, all of which give the breed physical strength comparable to many taller animals. Thus, even a smaller Arabian can carry a heavy rider.
However, for most purposes, the Arabian is a strong and hardy light horse breed able to carry any type of rider in most equestrian pursuits. Arabians are noted for both intelligence and a spirited disposition centuries, Arabian horses lived in the desert in close association with humans.
For shelter and protection from theft, prized war mares were sometimes kept in their owner's tent, close to children and everyday family life. Only horses with a naturally good disposition were allowed to reproduce, with the result that Arabians today have a good temperament that, among other examples, makes them one of the few breeds where the United States Equestrian Federation rules allow children to exhibit stallions in nearly all show ring classes, including those limited to riders under 18.
On the other hand, the Arabian is also classified as a “hot-blooded” breed, a category that includes other refined, spirited horses bred for speed, such as the Akhal-Teke, the Barb, and the Thoroughbred. Like other hot-bloods, Arabians' sensitivity and intelligence enable quick learning and greater communication with their riders; however, their intelligence also allows them to learn bad habits as quickly as good ones, and they do not tolerate inept or abusive training practices.
Some sources claim that it is more difficult to train a “hot-blooded” horse. Though most Arabians have a natural tendency to cooperate with humans, when treated badly, like any horse, they can become excessively nervous or anxious, but seldom become vicious unless seriously spoiled or subjected to extreme abuse.
At the other end of the spectrum, romantic myths are sometimes told about Arabian horses that give them near-divine characteristics. The Arabian Horse Association registers purebred horses with the coat colors bay, gray, chestnut, black, and roan.
All Arabians, no matter their coat color, have black skin, except under white markings. Black skin provided protection from the intense desert sun.
This color is usually created by the natural action of the gray gene, and virtually all white-looking Arabians are actually grays. A specialized colorization seen in some older gray Arabians is the so-called “bloody-shoulder”, which is a particular type of “flea-bitten” gray with localized aggregations of pigment on the shoulder.
These animals are believed to manifest a new form of dominant white, a result of a nonsense mutation in DNA tracing to a single stallion foaled in 1996. This horse was originally thought to be a Sabine, but actually was found to have a new form of dominant white mutation, now labeled W3.
One spotting pattern, Sabine, does exist in purebred Arabians. Sabine coloring is characterized by white markings such as “high white” above the knees and hocks, irregular spotting on the legs, belly and face, white markings that extend beyond the eyes or under the chin and jaw, and sometimes lacy or loaned edges.
The genetic mechanism that produces Sabine patterning in Arabians is undetermined, and more than one gene may be involved. Studies at the University of California, Davis indicates that Arabians do not appear to carry the autosomaldominant gene “SB1” or Sabine 1, that often produces bold spotting and some completely white horses in other breeds.
There are very few Arabians registered as roan, and according to researcher D. Phillip Spangenberg, roaming in purebred Arabians is actually the action of Fabiano genetics. Unlike a genetic roan, Fabiano is a partial roan-like pattern; the horse does not have intermingled white and solid hairs over the entire body, only on the midsection and flanks, the head and legs are solid-colored.
Some people also confuse a young gray horse with a roan because of the intermixed hair colors common to both. However, a roan does not consistently lighten with age, while a gray does.
Colors that do not exist in purebreds There is pictorial evidence from pottery and tombs in Ancient Egypt suggesting that spotting patterns may have existed on ancestral Arabian -type horses in antiquity. Nonetheless, purebred Arabians today do not carry genes for pinto or Leopard complex (“Appaloosa”) spotting patterns, except for Sabine.
Spotting or excess white was believed by many breeders to be a mark of impurity until DNA testing for verification of parentage became standard. For a time, horses with belly spots and other white markings deemed excessive were discouraged from registration and excess white was sometimes penalized in the show ring.
To produce horses with some Arabian characteristics but coat colors not found in purebreds, they have to be crossbred with other breeds. Though the purebred Arabian produces a limited range of potential colors, they do not appear to carry any color-based lethal disorders such as the frame over gene (“O”) that can produce lethal white syndrome (Los).
Because purebred Arabians cannot produce Los foals, Arabian mares were used as a non-affected population in some studies seeking the gene that caused the condition in other breeds. Two are inevitably fatal, two are not inherently fatal but are disabling and usually result in euthanasia of the affected animal; the remaining conditions can usually be treated.
Three are thought to be autosomalrecessive conditions, which means that the flawed gene is not sex-linked and has to come from both parents for an affected foal to be born; the others currently lack sufficient research data to determine the precise mode of inheritance. Arabians are not the only breed of horse to have problems with inherited diseases; fatal or disabling genetic conditions also exist in many other breeds, including the American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse, American Saddle bred, Appaloosa, Miniature horse, and Belgian.
Recessive disorder, fatal when homozygous, carriers (heterozygotes) show no signs. Similar to the bubble boy condition in humans, an affected foal is born with a complete lack of an immune system, and thus generally dies of an opportunistic infection, usually before the age of three months.
There is a DNA test that can detect healthy horses who are carriers of the gene causing Said, thus testing and careful, planned mating scan now eliminate the possibility of an affected foal ever being born. Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS), also called Coat Color Dilution Lethal (CCD).
Recessive disorder, fatal when homozygous, carriers show no signs. The condition has its name because most affected foals are born with a coat color dilution that lightens the tips of the coat hairs, or even the entire hair shaft.
In November 2009, Cornell University announced that a DNA test has been developed to detect carriers of LFS. Simultaneously, the University of Pretoria also announced that they had also developed a DNA test.
Recessive disorder, homozygous horses are affected, carriers show no signs. An affected foal is usually born without clinical signs, but at some stage, usually after six weeks of age, develops severe in coordination, a head tremor, wide-legged stance and other symptoms related to the death of the purine cells in the cerebellum.
Such foals are frequently diagnosed only after they have crashed into a fence or fallen over backwards, and often are misdiagnosed as suffering from a head injury caused by an accident. Mildly affected horses can live a full lifespan, but most are euthanized before adulthood because they are so accident-prone as to be dangerous.
As of 2008, there is a genetic test that uses DNA markers associated with CA to detect both carriers and affected animals. Clinical signs are distinguishable from other neurological conditions, and a diagnosis of CA can be verified by examining the brain after euthanasia.
This is a condition where the accept, atlas and axis vertebrae in the neck and at the base of the skull are fused or malformed. Symptoms range from mild in coordination to the paralysis of both front and rear legs.
Some affected foals cannot stand to nurse, in others the symptoms may not be seen for several weeks. This is the only cervical spinal cord disease seen in horses less than 1 month of age, and a radiograph can diagnose the condition.
Affected foals may show signs of epilepsy anywhere from two days to six months from birth. Seizures can be treated with traditional anti-seizure medications, which may reduce their severity.
Though the condition has been studied since 1985 at the University of California, Davis, the genetic mode of inheritance is unclear, though the cases studied were all of one general bloodline group. Recent research updates suggest that a dominant mode of inheritance is involved in transmission of this trait.
One researcher hypothesized that epilepsy may be linked in some fashion to Lavender Foal Syndrome due to the fact that it occurs in similar bloodlines and some horses have produced foals with both conditions. Guttural Pouch Tympani (GPT) occurs in horses ranging from birth to 1 year of age and is more common in fillies than in colts.
The affected guttural pouch is distended with air and forms a characteristic nonpainful swelling. Breathing is noisy in severely affected animals.
Diagnosis is based on clinical signs and radiographic examination of the skull. Medical management with NSAID and antimicrobial therapy can treat upper respiratory tract inflammation.
Surgical intervention is needed to correct the malformation of the guttural pouch opening, to provide a route for air in the abnormal guttural pouch to pass to the normal side and be expelled into the pharynx. Foals that are successfully treated may grow up to have fully useful lives.
The Arabian Horse Association in the United States has created a foundation that supports research efforts to uncover the roots of genetic diseases. (Fight Off Arabian Lethal) is a clearinghouse for information on these conditions.
Additional information is available from the World Arabian Horse Association (Who). Recent trends in halter breeding have given rise to Arabian horses with extremely concave features, raising concerns that the trait is detrimental to the animal's welfare.
Comparisons have been made to a similar trend with some dog breeds, where show judging awarding certain features has led to breeders seeking an ever more exaggerated form, with little concern as to the inherent function of the animal. Some veterinarians speculate that an extremely concave face is detrimental to a horse's breathing, but the issue has not been formally studied.
One origin story tells how Muhammad chose his foundation mares by a test of their courage and loyalty. While there are several variants on the tale, a common version states that after a long journey through the desert, Muhammad turned his herd of horses looses to race to an oasis for a desperately needed drink of water.
Before the herd reached the water, Muhammad called for the horses to return to him. Because they faithfully returned to their master, though desperate with thirst, these mares became his favorites and were called Al Hausa, meaning, the five.
These mares became the legendary founders of the five “strains” of the Arabian horse. Although the Al Hausa are generally considered fictional horses of legend, some breeders today claim the modern Bedouin Arabian actually descended from these mares.
Another origin tale claims that King Solomon was given a pure Arabian -type mare named Safavid (“the pure”) by the Queen of Sheba. A different version says that Solomon gave a stallion, ZAD el-Raheb or Zad-el-Rakib (“Gift to the Rider”), to the Band AZD people when they came to pay tribute to the king.
This legendary stallion was said to be faster than the zebra and the gazelle, and every hunt with him was successful, thus when he was put to stud, he became a founding sire of legend. Yet another creation myth puts the origin of the Arabian in the time of Ishmael, the son of Abraham.
Hence, the Bedouins bestowed the title “Drinker of the Wind” to the first Arabian horse. Finally, a Bedouin story states that Allah created the Arabian horse from the south wind and exclaimed, “I create thee, Oh Arabian.
To thy forelock, I bind Victory in battle. Other versions of the story claim Allah said to the South Wind: “I want to make a creature out of you.
Arabians are one of the oldest human-developed horse breeds in the world. The progenitor stock, the Oriental subtype or “Photo- Arabian was believed to be a horse with oriental characteristics similar to the modern Arabian.
Horses with these features appeared in rock paintings and inscriptions in the Arabian Peninsula dating back 3500 years. Some scholars of the Arabian horse once theorized that the Arabian came from a separate subspecies of horse, known as Equus Catullus pumped.
Other scholars, including Gladys Brown Edwards, a noted Arabian researcher, believe that the “dry” oriental horses of the desert, from which the modern Arabian developed, were more likely Equus ferns Catullus with specific land race characteristics based on the environments in which they lived, rather than being a separate subspecies. Recent genetic studies of mitochondrial DNA in Arabian horses of Polish and American breeding suggest that the modern breed has heterogeneous origins with ten haplogroups.
There are different theories about where the ancestors of the Arabian originally lived. Most evidence suggests the photo- Arabian came from the area along the northern edge of the Fertile Crescent.
Another hypothesis suggests the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, in modern-day Yemen, where three now-dry riverbeds indicate good natural pastures existed long ago, perhaps as far back as the Ice Age. This hypothesis has gained renewed attention following a 2010 discovery of artifacts dated between 6590 and 7250 BCE in Alkmaar, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, that appeared to portray horses.
The photo- Arabian horse may have been domesticated by the people of the Arabian Peninsula known today as the Bedouin, some time after they learned to use the camel, approximately 4,000–5,000 years ago. One theory is that this development occurred in the Need plateau in central Arabia.
Other scholars, noting that horses were common in the Fertile Crescent but rare in the Arabian Peninsula prior to the rise of Islam, theorize that the breed as it is known today only developed in large numbers when the conversion of the Persians to Islam in the 7th century brought knowledge of horse breeding and horsemanship to the Bedouin. The oldest depictions in the Arabian Peninsula of horses that are clearly domesticated date no earlier than 1800-2000 BCE.
Regardless of origin, climate and culture ultimately created the Arabian. The desert environment required a domesticated horse to cooperate with humans to survive; humans were the only providers of food and water in certain areas, and even hardy Arabian horses needed far more water than camels in order to survive (most horses can only live about 72 hours without water).
Where there was no pasture or water, the Bedouin fed their horses dates and camel's milk. The desert horse needed the ability to thrive on very little food, and to have anatomical traits to compensate for life in a dry climate with wide temperature extremes from day to night.
Weak individuals were weeded out of the breeding pool, and the animals that remained were also honed by centuries of human warfare. The Bedouin way of life depended on camels and horses : Arabians were bred to be war horses with speed, endurance, soundness, and intelligence.
Because many raids required stealth, mares were preferred over stallions as they were quieter, and therefore would not give away the position of the fighters. A good disposition was also critical; prized war mares were often brought inside family tents to prevent theft and for protection from weather and predators.
Though appearance was not necessarily a survival factor, the Bedouin bred for refinement and beauty in their horses as well as for more practical features. For centuries, the Bedouin tracked the ancestry of each horse through an oral tradition.
Mares were the most valued, both for riding and breeding, and pedigree families were traced through the female line. The Bedouin did not believe in gelding male horses, and considered stallions too intractable to be good war horses, thus they kept very few colts, selling most, and culling those of poor quality.
Over time, the Bedouin developed several sub-types or strains of Arabian horse, each with unique characteristics, and traced through the maternal line only. According to the Arabian Horse Association, the five primary strains were known as the Kerala, Sega, Bean, Haldane and Had ban.
Carl Aswan, a promoter and writer about Arabian horses from the middle of the 20th century, held the belief that there were only three strains, Median, Sega and Munich. Aswan felt that these strains represented body “types” of the breed, with the Median being “masculine”, the Sega being “feminine” and the Munich being “speedy”.
Therefore, many Arabian horses were not only Asia, of pure blood, but also bred to be pure in strain, with crossbreeding between strains discouraged, though not forbidden, by some tribes. Purity of bloodline was very important to the Bedouin, and they also believed in telegony, believing if a mare was ever bred to a stallion of “impure” blood, the mare herself and all future offspring would be “contaminated” by the stallion and hence no longer Asia.
This complex web of bloodline and strain was an integral part of Bedouin culture; they not only knew the pedigrees and history of their best war mares in detail, but also carefully tracked the breeding of their camels, Saudi dogs, and their own family or tribal history. Eventually, written records began to be kept; the first written pedigrees in the Middle East that specifically used the term Arabian date to 1330 AD.
As important as strain was to the Bedouin, modern studies of mitochondrial DNA suggest that Arabian horses alive today with records stating descent from a given strain may not actually share a common maternal ancestry. Fiery war horses with dished faces and high-carried tails were popular artistic subjects in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, often depicted pulling chariots in war or for hunting.
Horses with oriental characteristics appear in later artwork as far north as that of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. While this type of horse was not called an Arabian in the Ancient Near East until later, these proto-Arabians shared many characteristics with the modern Arabian, including speed, endurance, and refinement.
For example, a horse skeleton unearthed in the Sinai Peninsula, dated to 1700 BC and probably brought by the Hyssop invaders, is considered the earliest physical evidence of the horse in Ancient Egypt. Following the IRA in AD 622 (also sometimes spelled Hegira), the Arabian horse spread across the known world of the time, and became recognized as a distinct, named breed.
It played a significant role in the History of the Middle East and of Islam. By 630, Muslim influence expanded across the Middle East and North Africa, by 711 Muslim warriors had reached Spain, and they controlled most of the Iberian Peninsula by 720.
Arabian horses also spread to the rest of the world via the Ottoman Empire, which rose in 1299. Though it never fully dominated the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, this Turkish empire obtained many Arabian horses through trade, diplomacy and war.
The Ottomans encouraged formation of private stud farms in order to ensure a supply of cavalry horses, and Ottoman nobles, such as Muhammad Ali of Egypt also collected pure, desert-bred Arabian horses. A stud farm record was made of his purchases describing many of the horses as well as their abilities, and was deposited in his library, becoming a source for later study.
Through the Ottomans, Arabian horses were often sold, traded, or given as diplomatic gifts to Europeans and, later, to Americans. “Mameluke en Antique” 18th-century painting by Care VernetHistorically, Egyptian breeders imported horses bred in the deserts of Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula as the source of their foundation bloodstock.
By the time that the Ottoman Empire dominated Egypt, the political elites of the region still recognized the need for quality bloodstock for both war and for horse racing, and some continued to return to the deserts to obtain pure-blooded Arabians. One of the most famous was Muhammad Ali of Egypt, also known as Muhammad Ali Pasha, who established an extensive stud farm in the 19th century.
However, after Abbas Pasha was assassinated in 1854, his heir, El Ham Pasha, sold most of his horses, often for crossbreeding, and gave away many others as diplomatic gifts. A remnant of the herd was obtained by Ali Pasha Sheriff, who then went back to the desert to bring in new bloodstock.
At its peak, the stud of Ali Pasha Sheriff had over 400 purebred Arabians. Unfortunately, an epidemic of African horse sickness in the 1870s that killed thousands of horses throughout Egypt decimated much of his herd, wiping out several irreplaceable bloodlines.
Late in his life, he sold several horses to Wilfred and Lady Anne Blunt, who exported them to Crabbe Park Stud in England. After his death, Lady Anne was also able to gather many remaining horses at her Shake Obey stud.
Meanwhile, the passion brought by the Blunts to saving the pure horse of the desert helped Egyptian horse breeders to convince their government of the need to preserve the best of their own remaining pure Arabian bloodstock that descended from the horses collected over the previous century by Muhammad Ali Pasha, Abbas Pasha and Ali Pasha Sheriff. The government of Egypt formed the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) in 1908, which is known today as the Egyptian Agricultural Organization (EAO).
RAS representatives traveled to England during the 1920s and purchased eighteen descendants of the original Blunt exports from Lady Wentworth at Crabbe Park, and brought them to Egypt in order to restore bloodlines had been lost. Other than several horses purchased by Henry Baboon for importation to the United States in the 1930s, and one other small group exported to the US in 1947, relatively few Egyptian-bred Arabian horses were exported until the overthrow of King Farouk I in 1952.
Many of the private stud farms of the princes were then confiscated and the animals taken over by the EAO. In the 1960s and 1970s, as oil development brought more foreign investors to Egypt, some of whom were horse fanciers, Arabians were exported to Germany and to the United States, as well as to the former Soviet Union.
Spanish fighting the Moorish forces of Madrid Sultan Muhammed IX of Granada. Note the differences in tail carriage of the various horses in the painting.
The Arabian's high-carried tail is a distinctive trait that is seen even in part-blooded offspring. Probably the earliest horses with Arabian bloodlines to enter Europe came indirectly, through Spain and France.
Another major infusion of Arabian horses into Europe occurred when the Ottoman Turks sent 300,000 horsemen into Hungary in 1522, many of whom were mounted on pure-blooded Arabians, captured during raids into Arabia. By 1529, the Ottomans reached Vienna, where they were stopped by the Polish and Hungarian armies, who captured these horses from the defeated Ottoman cavalry.
Some of these animals provided foundation bloodstock for the major studs of Eastern Europe. With the rise of light cavalry, the stamina and agility of horses with Arabian blood gave an enormous military advantage to any army who possessed them.
As a result, many European monarchs began to support large breeding establishments that crossed Arabians on local stock, one example being Krystyna, the royal stud of Polish king Segment II August, and another the Imperial Russian Stud of Peter the Great. In Poland, notable imports from Arabia included those of Prince Hieronymus Sandusky (1743–1812), who founded the Santa stud.
Poland's first state-run Arabian stud farm, Janos Pulaski, was established by the decree of Alexander I of Russia in 1817, and by 1850, the great stud farms of Poland were well-established, including Antonin, owned by the Polish Count Potosí (who had married into the Sandusky family); later notable as the farm that produced the stallion Skowronek. The 18th century marked the establishment of most of the great Arabian studs of Europe, dedicated to preserving “pure” Arabian bloodstock.
The Prussians set up a royal stud in 1732, originally intended to provide horses for the royal stables, and other studs were established to breed animals for other uses, including mounts for the Prussian army. The foundation of these breeding programs was the crossing of Arabians on native horses ; by 1873 some English observers felt that the Prussian cavalry mounts were superior in endurance to those of the British, and credited Arabian bloodlines for this superiority.
Arabians were also introduced into European race horse breeding, especially in England via the Darla Arabian, Barely Turk, and Go dolphin Arabian, the three foundation stallions of the modern Thoroughbred breed, who were each brought to England during the 18th century. Other monarchs obtained Arabian horses, often as personal mounts.
One of the most famous Arabian stallions in Europe was Mango, the war horse ridden by Napoleon Bonaparte. During the mid-19th century, the need for Arabian blood to improve the breeding stock for light cavalry horses in Europe resulted in more excursions to the Middle East.
Queen Isabel II of Spain sent representatives to the desert to purchase Arabian horses and by 1847 had established a stud book; her successor, King Alfonso XII imported additional bloodstock from other European nations. By 1893, the state military stud farm, Nevada Military was established in Córdoba, Spain for breeding both Arabian and Iberian horses.
The military remained heavily involved in the importation and breeding of Arabians in Spain well into the early 20th century, and the Nevada Military is still in existence today. This period also marked a phase of considerable travel to the Middle East by European civilians and minor nobility, and in the process, some travelers noticed that the Arabian horse as a pure breed of horse was under threat due to modern forms of warfare, inbreeding and other problems that were reducing the horse population of the Bedouin tribes at a rapid rate.
By the late 19th century, the most farsighted began in earnest to collect the finest Arabian horses they could find in order to preserve the blood of the pure desert horse for future generations. The most famous example was Lady Anne Blunt, the daughter of Ada Lovelace and granddaughter of Lord Byron.
Lady Anne Blunt with her favorite Arabian mare, KasidaPerhaps the most famous of all Arabian breeding operations founded in Europe was the Crabbe Park Stud of England, founded 1878. Starting in 1877, Wilfred Scale Blunt and Lady Anne Blunt made repeated journeys to the Middle East, including visits to the stud of Ali Pasha Sheriff in Egypt and to Bedouin tribes in the Need, bringing the best Arabians they could find to England.
Lady Anne also purchased and maintained the Shake Obey stud farm in Egypt, near Cairo. Upon Lady Anne's death in 1917, the Blunts' daughter, Judith, Lady Wentworth, inherited the Wentworth title and Lady Anne's portion of the estate, and obtained the remainder of the Crabbe Stud following a protracted legal battle with her father.
Lady Wentworth expanded the stud, added new bloodstock, and exported Arabian horses worldwide. Upon her death in 1957, the stud passed to her manager, Cecil Covey, who ran Crabbe until 1971, when a freeway was cut through the property, forcing the sale of the land and dispersal of the horses.
Along with Crabbe, the Han stead Stud of Lady Yule also produced horses of worldwide significance. In the early 20th century, the military was involved in the breeding of Arabian horses throughout Europe, particularly in Poland, Spain, Germany, and Russia; private breeders also developed a number of breeding programs.
Significant among the private breeders in continental Europe was Spain's Cristóbal Colón de Aguilera, XV Tuque de Veragua, a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus, who founded the Veranda Stud in the 1920s. Between World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, many historic European stud farms were lost; in Poland, the Antonin and Santa Studs were wiped out except for five mares.
Notable among the survivors was the Janos Pulaski Stud. The Russian Revolution, combined with the effects of World War I, destroyed most of the breeding programs in Russia, but by 1921, the Soviet government reestablished an Arabian program, the Terse Stud, on the site of the former Stoyanov estate, which included Polish bloodstock as well as some importations from the Crabbe Stud in England.
The programs that survived the war re-established their breeding operations and some added to their studs with new imports of desert-bred Arabian horses from the Middle East. The Was stud of Germany, founded by King Wilhelm I, went into considerable decline; by the time the Was herd was transferred to the Maybach State Stud in 1932, only 17 purebred Arabians remained.
The Spanish Civil War and World War II also had a devastating impact on horse breeding throughout Europe. The Veranda stud was destroyed, and its records lost, with the only survivors being the broodmares and the younger horses, who were rescued by Francisco Franco.
Crabbe Park, Terse, and Janos Pulaski survived. Both the Soviet Union and the United States obtained valuable Arabian bloodlines as spoils of war, which they used to strengthen their breeding programs.
The Soviets had taken steps to protect their breeding stock at Terse Stud, and by utilizing horses captured in Poland they were able to re-establish their breeding program soon after the end of World War II. The Americans brought Arabian horses captured in Europe to the United States, mostly to the Pomona U.S. Army Remount station, the former W.K.
In the postwar era, Poland, Spain, and Germany developed or re-established many well-respected Arabian stud farms. The studs of Poland in particular were decimated by both the Nazis and the Soviets, but were able to reclaim some of their breeding stock and became particularly world-renowned for their quality Arabian horses, tested rigorously by racing and other performance standards.
During the 1950s, the Russians also obtained additional horses from Egypt to augment their breeding programs. While only a few Arabians were exported from behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, those who did come to the west caught the eye of breeders worldwide.
Improved international relations between Eastern Europe and the west led to major imports of Polish and Russian-bred Arabian horses to Western Europe and the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. The collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, greater political stability in Egypt, and the rise of the European Union all increased international trade in Arabian horses.
Organizations such as the World Arabian Horse Association (Who) created consistent standards for transferring the registration of Arabian horses between different nations. Colonists from England also brought horses of Arabian breeding to the eastern seaboard.
One example was Nathaniel Harrison, who imported a horse of Arabian, Barb and Turkish ancestry to America in 1747. Washington Taking Control of the American Army, at Cambridge, Massachusetts July 1775.
Copy of lithograph by Currier & Ives, 1876. One of George Washington's primary mounts during the American Revolutionary War was a gray half- Arabian horse named Blue skin, sired by the stallion “Ranger”, also known as “Lindsay's Arabian “, said to have been obtained from the Sultan of Morocco. Other Presidents are linked to ownership of Arabian horses ; in 1840, President Martin Van Burden received two Arabians from the Sultan of Oman, and in 1877, President Ulysses S. Grant obtained an Arabian stallion, Leopard, and a Barb, Linden Tree, as gifts from Abdul Hamid II, the “Sultan of Turkey”.
A. Keen Richard was the first American known to have specifically bred Arabian horses. He traveled to the desert in 1853 and 1856 to obtain breeding stock, which he crossed on Thoroughbreds, and also bred purebred Arabians.
Unfortunately, his horses were lost during the Civil War and have no known purebred Arabian descendants today. Another major U.S. political figure, William H. Seward purchased four Arabians in Beirut in 1859, prior to becoming Secretary of State to Abraham Lincoln.
Leopard is the only stallion imported prior to 1888 who left known purebred descendants in America. In 1888 Randolph Huntington imported the desert-bred Arabian mare *Naomi, and bred her to Leopard, producing Leopard's only purebred Arabian son, Amazed, who sired eight purebred Arabian foals, four of whom still appear in pedigrees today.
In 1908, the Arabian Horse Registry of America was established, recording 71 animals, and by 1994, the number had reached half a million. Today there are more Arabians registered in North America than in the rest of the world put together.
The origins of the registry date to 1893, when the Hasidim Society sponsored an exhibit of Arabian horses from what today is Syria at the World Fair in Chicago. This exhibition raised considerable interest in Arabian horses.
Records are unclear if 40 or 45 horses were imported for the exposition, but seven died in a fire shortly after arrival. The 28 horses that remained at the end of the exhibition stayed in America and were sold at auction when the Hasidim Society went bankrupt.
These horses caught the interest of American breeders, including Peter Bradley of the Gingham Stock Farm, who purchased some Hasidim horses at the auction, and Homer Davenport, another admirer of the Hasidim imports. Major Arabian importations to the United States included those of Davenport and Bradley, who teamed up to purchase several stallions and mares directly from the Bedouin in 1906.
Spencer Borden of the Interlaced Stud made several importations between 1898 and 1911; and W.R. Brown of the Waynesboro Stud, interested in the Arabian as a cavalry mount, imported many Arabians over a period of years, starting in 1918. Kellogg, Henry Baboon, Roger Shelby, James Draper, and others imported Arabian bloodstock from Crabbe Park Stud in England, as well as from Poland, Spain and Egypt.
The breeding of Arabians was fostered by the U. S. Army Remount Service, which stood purebred stallions at public stud for a reduced rate. Several Arabians, mostly of Polish breeding, were captured from Nazi Germany and imported to the U.S.A. following World War II.
In 1957, two deaths in England led to more sales to the United States: first from Crabbe Stud on the demise of Lady Wentworth, and then from Han stead with the passing of Gladys Yule. As the tensions of the Cold War eased, more Arabians were imported to America from Poland and Egypt, and in the late 1970s, as political issues surrounding import regulations and the recognition of stud books were resolved, many Arabian horses were imported from Spain and Russia.
In the 1980s, Arabians became a popular status symbol and were marketed similarly to fine art. Prices skyrocketed, especially in the United States, with a record-setting public auction price for a mare named NH Love Potion, who sold for $2.55 million in 1984, and the largest syndication in history for an Arabian stallion, Patron, at $11 million.
When the Tax Reform Act of 1986 closed the tax-sheltering passive investment loophole, limiting the use of horse farms as tax shelters, the Arabian market was particularly vulnerable due to over-saturation and artificially inflated prices, and it collapsed, forcing many breeders into bankruptcy and sending many purebred Arabians to slaughter. Prices recovered slowly, with many breeders moving away from producing “living art” and towards a horse more suitable for amateur owners and many riding disciplines.
By 2003, a survey found that 67% of purebred Arabian horses in America are owned for recreational riding purposes. The Arabian stallion Hector, or “Old Hector” was an early import to Australia whose bloodlines are still found today in the pedigrees of some Australian Thoroughbreds.
Arabian horses were introduced to Australia in the earliest days of European Settlement. Early imports included both purebred Arabians and light Spanish jennets from Andalusia, many Arabians also came from India.
Based on records describing stallions “of Arabic and Persian blood”, the first Arabian horses were probably imported to Australia in several groups between 1788 and 1802. About 1803, a merchant named Robert Campbell imported a bay Arabian stallion, Hector, from India; Hector was said to have been owned by Arthur Wellesley, who later became known as the Duke of Wellington.
In 1804 two additional Arabians, also from India, arrived in Tasmania one of whom, White William, sired the first purebred Arabian foal born in Australia, a stallion named Percent. Throughout the 19th century, many more Arabians came to Australia, though most were used to produce crossbred horses and left no recorded purebred descendants.
The first significant imports to be permanently recorded with offspring still appearing in modern purebred Arabian pedigrees were those of James Foucault, who in 1891 imported several Arabians from Wilfred and Lady Anne Blunt's Crabbe Arabian Stud in England. Purebred Arabians were used to improve racehorses and some of them became quite famous as such; about 100 Arabian sires are included in the Australian Stud Book (for Thoroughbred racehorses).
The military was also involved in the promotion of breeding cavalry horses, especially around World War I. In the early 20th century, more Arabian horses, mostly of Crabbe bloodlines, arrived in Australia.
The first Arabians of Polish breeding arrived in 1966, and Egyptian lines were first imported in 1970. Arabian horses from the rest of the world followed, and today the Australian Arabian horse registry is the second largest in the world, next to that of the United States.
A postage stamp from the Soviet Union featuring the Arabian horse Arabian horses today are found all over the world. Popular types of Arabians are labeled “Polish”, “Spanish”, “Crabbe”, “Russian”, “Egyptian”, and “Domestic” (describing horses whose ancestors were imported to the United States prior to 1944, including those from programs such as Kellogg, Davenport, Waynesboro, Baboon, Dickinson and Shelby).
In the US, a specific mixture of Crabbe, Waynesboro and Kellogg bloodlines has acquired the copyrighted designation “CMK”. Each set of bloodlines has its own devoted followers, with the virtues of each hotly debated.
Most debates are between those who value the Arabian most for its refined beauty and those who value the horse for its stamina and athleticism; there are also a number of breeders who specialize in preservation breeding of various bloodlines. Controversies exist over the relative “purity” of certain animals; breeders argue about the genetic “purity” of various pedigrees, discussing whether some horses descend from “impure” animals that cannot be traced to the desert Bedouin.
By this definition, over 95% of the known purebred Arabian horses in the world are registered in stud books acceptable to Who. Who also researched the purity question in general, and its findings are on its website, describing both the research and the political issues surrounding Arabian horse bloodlines, particularly in America.
At the other end of the spectrum, organizations focused on bloodlines that are the most meticulously documented to desert sources have the most restrictive definitions. For example, The Asia Club in Europe only accepts “a horse whose pedigree is exclusively based on Bedouin breeding of the Arabian Peninsula, without any crossbreeding with non- Arabian horses at any time”.
Likewise, the Al Hausa organization takes the position that “The horse...which are called “Al Hausa Arabian Horses,” are those horses in North America that can reasonably be assumed to descend entirely from bedouin Arabian horses bred by horse-breeding bedouin tribes of the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula without admixture from sources unacceptable to Al Hausa.” Most restrictive of all are horses identified as “straight Egyptian” by the Pyramid Society, which must trace in all lines to the desert and also to horses owned or bred by specific Egyptian breeding programs.
Ironically, some pure-blooded desert-bred Arabians in Syria had enormous difficulties being accepted as registrable purebred Arabians because many of the Bedouin who owned them saw no need to obtain a piece of paper to verify the purity of their horses. However, eventually the Syrians developed a stud book for their animals that was accepted by the World Arabian Horse Association (Who) in 2007.
Because of the genetic strength of the desert-bred Arabian horse, Arabian bloodlines have played a part in the development of nearly every modern light horse breed, including the Thoroughbred, Orlon Trotter, Morgan, American Saddle bred, American Quarter Horse, and Warm blood breeds such as the Takeover. Today, people cross Arabians with other breeds to add refinement, endurance, agility and beauty.
There is intense debate over the role the Arabian played in the development of other light horse breeds. Before DNA-based research developed, one hypothesis, based on body types and conformation, suggested the light, “dry”, oriental horse adapted to the desert climate had developed prior to domestication; DNA studies of multiple horse breeds now suggest that while domesticated horses arose from multiple mare lines, there is very little variability in the Y-chromosome between breeds.
Following domestication of the horse, due to the location of the Middle East as a crossroads of the ancient world, and relatively near the earliest locations of domestication, oriental horses spread throughout Europe and Asia both in ancient and modern times. There is little doubt that humans crossed “oriental” blood on that of other types to create light riding horses ; the only actual questions are at what point the “oriental” prototype could be called an Arabian “, how much Arabian blood was mixed with local animals, and at what point in history.
For some breeds, such as the Thoroughbred, Arabian influence of specific animals is documented in written stud books. For older breeds, dating the influx of Arabian ancestry is more difficult.
For example, while outside cultures, and the horses they brought with them, influenced the predecessor to the Iberian horse in both the time of Ancient Rome and again with the Islamic invasions of the 8th century, it is difficult to trace precise details of the journeys taken by waves of conquerors and their horses as they traveled from the Middle East to North Africa and across Gibraltar to Southern Europe. Mitochondrial DNA studies of modern Andalusian horses of the Iberian Peninsula and Barb horses of North Africa present convincing evidence that both breeds crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and influenced one another.
Though these studies did not compare Andalusian and Barb mt DNA to that of Arabian horses, there is evidence that horses resembling Arabians, whether before or after the breed was called an Arabian “, were part of this genetic mix. Arabians and Barbs, though probably related to one another, are quite different, and horses of both Arabian and Barb type were present in the Muslim armies that occupied Europe.
There is also historical documentation that Islamic invaders raised Arabian horses in Spain prior to the Reconquista ; the Spanish also documented imports of Arabian horses in 1847, 1884 and 1885 that were used to improve existing Spanish stock and revive declining equine populations. Arabians are versatile horses that compete in many equestrian fields, including horse racing, the horse show disciplines of saddle seat, Western pleasure, and hunt seat, as well as dressage, cutting, reining, endurance riding, show jumping, evening, youth events such as equitation, and others.
Arabians dominate the sport of endurance riding because of their stamina. They are the leading breed in competitions such as the Nevis Cup that can cover up to 100 miles (160 km) in a day, and they participate in FEI -sanctioned endurance events worldwide, including the World Equestrian Games.
Classes offered include Western pleasure, reining, hunter type and saddle seat English pleasure, and halter, plus the very popular “Native” costume class. Sport horse events for Arabian horses have become popular in North America, particularly after the Arabian Horse Association began hosting a separate Arabian and Half Arabian Sport Horse National Championship in 2003 that by 2004 grew to draw 2000 entries.
This competition draws Arabian and part- Arabian horses that perform in hunter, jumper, sport horse under saddle, sport horse in hand, dressage, and combined driving competition. An Arabian horse in “native” costume, used in both exhibition and competitionPurebred Arabians have excelled in open events against other breeds.
One of the most famous examples in the field of western riding competition was the Arabian mareRonteza, who defeated 50 horses of all breeds to win the 1961 Reined Cow Horse championship at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California. Another Arabian competitive against all breeds was the stallion AAAF who won an all-breed cutting horse competition at the Quarter Horse Congress in the 1950s.
In show jumping and show hunter competition, a number of Arabians have competed successfully against other breeds in open competition, including the purebred gelding Russian Roulette, who has won multiple jumping classes against horses of all breeds on the open circuit, and in evening, a purebred Arabian competed on the Brazilian team at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Part-Arabians have also appeared at open sport horse events and even Olympic level competition.
The Anglo- Arabian Lion was ridden to an Olympic silver medal for France in Dressage in 1928 and 1932, as well as a team gold in 1932, and another French Anglo- Arabian, Aragon, was ridden to a team gold medal and an individual silver in dressage at the 1948 Olympics. At the 1952 Olympics, the French rider Pierre d'Oriole won the Gold individual medal in show jumping on the Anglo- Arabian Ali Baba.
Another Anglo- Arabian, Amarillo, ridden by William Fox-Pitt, represents the United Kingdom in FEI and Olympic competition, winning many awards, including first place at the 2004 Badminton Horse Trials. More recently a gelding named Theodore O'Connor, nicknamed “Teddy”, a 14.1 (or 14.2, sources vary) hand pony of Thoroughbred, Arabian, and Shetland pony breeding, won two gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games and was finished in the top six at the 2007 and 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three Day CCI competition.
Arabians are involved in a wide variety of activities, including fairs, movies, parades, circuses and other places where horses are showcased. They have been popular in movies, dating back to the silent film era when Rudolph Valentino rode the Kellogg Arabian stallion Japan in 1926's Son of the Sheik, and have been seen in many other films, including The Black Stallion featuring the stallion Class Ole, The Young Black Stallion, which used over 40 Arabians during filming, as well as Hidalgo and the 1959 version of Ben-Hur.
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Hermione, a white mare, looks like a typical female Arabian. Arabians are quite small compared to other popular horse breeds such as the Thoroughbred or Quarter Horse, which makes them less intimidating to people who are nervous of riding and falling.
That being said, they are spirited horses who require a lot of firm handling. However, an Arabian's temperament shouldn't be a problem unless they are overly spoiled or are abused.
If treated fairly but with a firm hand then they will give you affection and fun for many years. Cuba (short for Buckaroo) is a 26-year-old ex- Arabian racehorse who now enjoys eating and having his belly scratched.
They are easily recognizable by their sloped, concave nose and lifted tail. Arabs come in five registered colors: bay, gray, chestnut, black, and roan.
Arabian horses can be cared for in much the same way as any other horse, but because of their intelligence and spirited temperament they often require more attention and one-on-one training. Another common genetic disorder is Equine Juvenile Epilepsy which occurs in foals.
If not then the horse can be treated with traditional anti-seizure medications, and they will most likely live a long and useful life. Establish your dominance: Don't do this aggressively, just make sure that your horse knows who is boss.
You can do this by moving your horse out of your personal space or gently tapping them on the nose when they do something bad. Take things slowly: Basically, don't jump on your horse and gallop off.
Start with walking, then trotting, cantering, and finally galloping. Horses are living things that have a mind and will of their own and that is something that you can't control.
Have an experienced rider/ trainer with you: When you first ride it can be intimidating and there is a lot to remember, having someone to supervise you your first few times can make you feel more comfortable. Knowing how to calm your horse when they spook can help prevent them from bolting off.
He would purposely head for the low tree branches to try to knock me off. It was the first horse that ever rared up on me and I didn't fall off, kinda felt like the Lone Ranger.
Physical Characteristics: Medium-boned; finely chiseled head; wide forehead; flat profile Generally, geldings (castrated adult males) are the calmest and make the best beginner horse.
Physical Characteristics: Compact body; wedge-shaped head; short back with sloping shoulders and powerful hindquarters Largely bred for racing, a thoroughbred might turn out to be more horse than most beginners can handle.
And in most cases, you should pass on a retired racehorse that is trained to bolt at the crack of a starter pistol. However, there are some quiet and steady thoroughbreds that make great first horses.
These horses are typically attentive, social, and have a strong desire to please their caretakers. These horses are generally easy to care for, and health issues are rare.
Physical Characteristics: Smooth lines; small ears; expressive eyes; crested neck Kentucky mountain horses are a gained breed, which means they have a four-beat hoof movement for a smoother ride.
Physical Characteristics: Muscular, compact body; flat facial profile; arched neck; deep chest; well-sloped shoulders The Missouri fox trotter horse is another gained breed for a comfortable ride.
With its head down and tail up, the horse steps deliberately with one always foot in contact with the ground. This horse has a friendly, gentle disposition and is a great choice for families.
Physical Characteristics: Straight facial profile; pointy ears; muscular body; short back; sloped shoulders Justus de Cuveland/Getty Images Icelandic horses are sure-footed, long-lived, and resistant to harsh conditions.
They descend from Shetland ponies, and their small stature makes them feel less imposing to new riders. Their special step is called a “told,” which is a sped-up walk that offers a level ride even over rocky terrain.
Australian Scenic/Getty Images Clydesdale's often have a quiet demeanor that beginners enjoy. These horses tend to be forgiving of a beginner’s mistakes and are generally calm and steady.
In general, beginners should avoid untrained and highly spirited horses, as they can be difficult for even veteran equestrians. Similarly, the athleticism of Andalusian horses can make them difficult to manage for beginners.