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Horse Articles :: Arabian Horse History
Arabian Horse History
Arabs (Arabian horses) can be traced back 2000 years to the
Strength, beauty and endurance are typical traits of this
breed of horse. Horse experts have researched Arabian horse
origins and concluded that they are one of the most ancient
breeds to exist.
The Bedouins were a nomadic people who are given credit for
first taming the Arabian horse. Bedouin people took the ancestry
of these breeds very seriously and could back date the lineages
of the horses they owned. During these times they needed a
rapid, strong and reliable horse. It was vitally important
that it was able to survive within a desert setting. Regional
battles were going on between the Bedouin tribes, so horses
were used to take them to war.
Some of the most impressive horses ever were bred by the Bedouins.
Many people would trade horses with them, and they would get
together and share the lineages of the horses which were traded.
Arabian horses come in a variety of different variations or
strains. These Arabs have shared ancestory as well as a likeness
in their appearance. Including; Kuhaylan, Dahman and Hadban.
Arabian horses are said to be one of, if not the most recognised
breeds in the world. Large expressive eyes and a comparatively
small muzzle can be found on a wedge shaped head. Possibly
the most prized Arabs are the ones with concave noses. An
Arab neckline should be arched, and they have toned muscular
legs. Their coat should be shiny, and can be likened to silk.
As they do not have a good bascule Arabian breeds are not
frequent competitors at show jumping meets.
Generally, the coat of an Arab horse is grey or brown although
some may have black coats. It is thought Arabs with dark black
coats would absorb the desert heat so were considered a rarity.
Such is the purity of the Arabian horse gene, it is frequently
used in accentuating the features of other breeds. Arabian
horses are very well mannered, an attribute breeders find
Professional horse competitions have used Arabian horses for
a great deal of time, and there are even competitions each
year between Arabian horses and there owners.
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