Reading to Horses

Horse of the Desert

The Arabian horse is striking. Its entire appearance exudes energy, intelligence, courage and nobility. The neck is long and arched, the back is short, and the tail is naturally carried high. Every time an Arabian moves in its famous "floating trot," he announces to the world his proud, graceful nature.

Arabians are the oldest pure breed of horse. Nearly unchanged throughout the ages, the purebred Arabian is virtually identical to those ridden in ancient Arabia. Long eyelashes protected the eyes from sand while large nostrils assured easy breathing in a hot, dry climate. Likewise, the Arabian's deep chest, strong joints and good lungs guaranteed its ability to carry its owner across the large stretches of their desert homeland.

Temperament also sets the Arabian apart from many breeds. For thousands of years Arabians lived among the desert tribes of the Arabian peninsula, bred as war mounts for quick raids into enemy camps. The harsh desert climate required these Bedouin tribesmen to share food and water - even tents - with their horses. As a result, Arabians developed a strong desire for human companionship that carries forward today.

Over the Centuries, the Bedouin tribes maintained strict purity of the breed. The Arabian is the only breed whose blood has been preserved for over five thousand years and has contributed, in varying degrees, to the development of every other popular breed of horse ridden today.

Useful Link

Arabian Horse Reading Literacy Project



DISCOVER ARABIAN HORSES.COM It is a new, private initiative to provide high impact and effective "outreach", attracting new people to beocme involved in the Arabian horse community, to take riding lessons, and join clubs.

All the Facts: About the Arabian Horse.

Desirable Traits: Horse Characteristics.

Body Building: Parts of the Horse.

Horse Sense: Horse Behaviour.

Equine Antics: Horse Body Language.

Color Codes: Horse Colors and Markings.

Tools of the Trade: Horse Grooming Tools.

In a Word: Horse Words.

Tack Up!: Horse Tack.

Horse Stages: Birth to Adulthood.

Food for Thought: Horse Feeding, Maintenance and Activity.

Hungry as a Horse: Horse Teeth and Jaws.

Another Day: History of the Arabian Breed.

By the Numbers: Horse Measurements.

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Coloring Book

The Arabian Horse Colouring Page

Use this colouring page to practice all of the knowledge that you have learned in the information above. Test your skills on the Parts of the Horse, Horse Colours and Markings or even place Horse Tack on this coloring page.

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Arabian Horse Reading Literacy Project