The Arabian Horse
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.
Download Resources 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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