The Arabian Horse

The Arabian horse plays a prominent part in Awakening the Beast. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia…The Arabian horse … is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds… dating back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses have spread around the world [through] both war and trade, [and were] used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bones. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse.


… Arabians dominate the discipline of endurance riding…. They are one of the top ten most popular horse breeds in the world. Arabian horses have refined, wedge-shaped heads, a broad forehead, large eyes, large nostrils, and small muzzles. … and naturally high tail carriage. …  Some individuals have wider, more powerfully muscled hindquarters suitable for intense bursts of activity … while others have longer, leaner muscling better suited for … endurance riding …The breed standard … describes Arabians as standing between 14.1 to 15.1 hands … the Arabian horse is noted for a greater density of bone than other breeds… Thus, even a smaller Arabian can carry a heavy rider.

For centuries, Arabian horses lived in the desert in close association with humans. …prized war mares were sometimes kept in their owner’s tent, close to children and everyday family life.Only horses with a naturally good disposition were allowed to reproduce, with the result that Arabians today have a good temperament … the Arabian is also classified as a “hot-blooded” breed, a category that includes other refined, spirited horses bred for speed, such as…the Thoroughbred.ATBarabian-horse6

The Arabian Horse Association registers purebred horses with the coat colors baygraychestnutblack, and roan. Bay, gray and chestnut are the most common… All Arabians, no matter their coat color, have black skin, except under white markings. Black skin provided protection from the intense desert sun.

ATB arabian carvingArabians are one of the oldest human-developed horse breeds in the world. The … “Proto-Arabian” was a horse … similar to the modern Arabian. Horses with these features appeared in rock paintings and inscriptions in the Arabian Peninsula as far back as 2500 BC….…  the proto-Arabian came from the area along the northern edge of the Fertile Crescent [and] the southwestern corner of the Arabian peninsula…[They] may have been domesticated by the people of the Arabian peninsula known today as the Bedouin, [and] some time after they learned to use the camel, approximately 4,000–5,000 years ago. …  hardy Arabian horses needed far more water than camels in order to survive [most horses can only live about 72 hours without water]. Where there was no pasture or water, the Bedouin fed their horses dates and camel’s milk. … 


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