About Arabian Horses
conformation and type have been selectively bred for longer than any other
breed of horse.
|Photo by Mayhem Farm|
The Bedouins of the Arabian desert were dependent for
survival on their Arabian horses. While they valued the beauty of their horses,
they were equally adamant that their horses were strong, with deep chests,
straight legs, large joints and good lungs to carry them across large stretches
of their desert homeland. Historical figures like Genghis Khan, Napoleon,
Alexander The Great and George Washington rode Arabians.
The prophet Mohammed,
in the seventh century AD, was instrumental in spreading the Arabian's
influence around the world. He instructed his followers to look after Arabians
and treat them with kindness. He instructed that special attentions should be
paid to the mares because they insure the continuity of the breed. He also
proclaimed that Allah had created the Arabian, and that those who treated the
horse well would be rewarded in the afterlife.
In general, Arabians
have a short, straight back (usually 23 vertebra as compared to 24 with most
other equine breeds), perfect balance and symmetry, a deep chest, well-sprung
ribs, deep girth and strong legs of thick density. An Arabian can most readily
be identified by its finely chiseled head with a dished face, long arching
neck, and high tail carriage.
Now one of the most popular breeds in America, the Arabians'
incredible energy, intelligence and gentle disposition allow riders to excel in
most equine sports and activities.