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Shagya Arabian horses were developed in the Austro-HungarianrnEmpire during the 19th century at the Babolna, Mezohegyes, Radautz, Piber, andrnTopolcianky stud ranches. Today can be found in Slovenia, Austria, Croatia,rnSerbia, Romania, Poland, and Czech Republic.

Shagya Arab horses originated in Hungary and were developedrnto create a much taller and sleeker version of the traditional Arab styles. Onernof the major founding sires was Shagya (hence the breed's name), a gray Arabianrn(or perhaps part-Arabian) stallion with some ancestors of the Kehilan andrnSiglavy strains. Born in Syria in 1810, he was taller than the average Arabianrnof the time, standing 15.2 1/2 hands (62.5 inches, 159 cm) at the withers.

rnrnShagya was used mostly for crossbreeding at Babolna, bredrnfew pure-blooded or asil Arabian mares. Many of the Arabian stallions standingrnat Babolna and other studs were crossbred with mares who already possessed arngreat deal of Arabian influence due to the long Turkish occupation of EasternrnEurope. Some Thoroughbreds and Lipizzans were also used. In all cases,rnmeticulous pedigree records were kept.

rnrnThere it would go on to provide an attractive appearance asrnwell as a very gifted athletic performing horse. They became a very loyal andrnswift moving creature, great for use as a carriage horse for their style andrnalso for harness work. Once famous for being a sport horse, they took over therndressage categories, even wining an FEI championship in Babolna.

rnrnShagya Arab horses have a distinct cream colored coat. Theyrnare tall (around 16 hands tall). They are strong willed and extremely brave,rnbut not to the extent that they need to be monitored for it. They are equally knownrnfor their friendly demeanors as they are for their inner strength. They do wellrnaround people and love attention.

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