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Morab horses were originally developed in the late 1880's throughrnthe cross-breeding of Arabian and Morgan horses. They were developed with thernintent of creating a fine carriage horse that was still substantial enough forrnmoderate farm labor. The modern Morab continues this tradition of paired powerrnand elegance, being both attractive and competitive show animals, and strongrnbut mild-mannered work and family horses.rnrn 

rnrnThe first Morab registry was created in 1973. Prior to this,rnMorabs were primarily undocumented horses bred for type. Many early Morabs werernregistered with the American Morgan Horse Association, as the Morgan studbookrnwas still open that time, and these horses have since been fully assimilatedrninto the Morgan breed.rnrn 

rnrnNewspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst was an avid Morabrnbreeder, and is credited with the creation of the breed name by coining thernterm, Morab, as a combination of the names of the parent breeds – MORgans +rnAraBian.rnrn 

rnrnTheir typical conformation is compact, with powerful butrnsleek muscle structure and substantial bone structure, while remaining refinedrnand elegant. Their neck is deep-set, strong, and arched, providing for easyrnbreathing and fluid mobility. Morabs, like some other horse breeds of heavyrnArabian ancestry, have a compact build and shorter back length, with arnwell-developed undercarriage and good propulsion from behind.rnrn 

rnrnTheir hindquarters are generally powerfully built,rnpossessing substantial muscle and bone. Their forequarters are typically builtrnvery strongly as well, with a large, sloping shoulder and wide deep chest. Legsrnare rather thick, due to Morgan-influenced bone structure. They haverncomparatively short cannon bones, and solid, well-developed hooves.rnrn 

rnrnTheir head is generally very refined, carrying the Arabian'srnconcave profile and wide forehead to some degree, while also displaying a morernstrongly muscled jaw and more substantial muzzle, typical of Morgan influence.rnTheir eyes are large, bright, and expressive, and afford the horse a very widernfield of vision. Their ears are generally small and alert, and are often flutedrnor tipped. Many Morabs have a thick and abundant mane and tail, often wavy andrnflowing, and "flagged" tail carriage, indicative of both Morgan andrnArabian parentage.rnrn 

rnrn rnrnThe size range of Morabs is quite broad, due to therninvolvement of extensive lineages from both Arabian and Morgan breeds. Generally,rnMorabs stand between 14.2 and 15.2 hands (58 to 62 inches, 147 to 157 cm) high,rnbut individuals can range from 14.0 and 16.0 hands (56 to 64 inches, 142 to 163rncm) or larger.rnrn 

Their temperament and personality is best described as arntrue combination of the Morgan and the Arabian. Morabs are generally veryrnintelligent, curious, and personal horses. They are often very quick to learn,rnand establish strong relationships with humans, who they are eager to please.rnMorabs make excellent family horses, and are sometimes used as lesson andrntherapy horses.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnAll solid colors exist within the Morab breed, with bay,rnchestnut, and gray being the most common. Dilution-factor coloration, such asrnbuckskin and palomino, also occurs frequently, owing largely to Morganrninfluence, as dilution-factor genes do not occur in the Arabian breed. Tobiano,rnovero, and Appaloosa colorations are not acceptable, as neither parent breedrndisplays such patterns. Roaning is occasionally seen, as is the dun pattern,rnalthough both are rare in the Morab. White markings on the face and legs arernacceptable, and are somewhat common. The sabino spotting pattern does occur inrnsome Morabs, due to the presence of sabino coloration in select Arabianrnbloodlines used in foundation Morab breeding.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnMorabs are typically not gaited. However, due to inheritedrngenetic variation from select Morgan bloodlines capable of producing gait, arnfew individual Morabs are able to perform ambling, or intermediate, gaits. Thernmost common intermediate gait in such morabs is the singlefoot, also known asrnthe 'stepping pace.' Other known gaits are the foxtrot and the true rack.

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