The Arabian Horse - Beautiful, Elegant and Versatile
of the oldest horse and most photographed breeds, the Arabian horse is known for
its beauty, athleticism, rich history, endurance, versatility and unique bond
with their owners.
For thousands of years, these magnificent animals lived among the desert tribes
of the Arabian peninsula, bred by the Bedouins as war mounts. Prized by the
Bedouins, the Arabian was considered a member of the family and often shared its
Physically, the Arabian horse is a compact horse, with short back, strong
hindquarters, deep chest, and small head with distinctive dished profile and
large luminous eyes. Arabians are not large horses, measuring between 14.1 and
15.2 hands. The most common colors are black, chestnut, bay and grey.
Arabians are highly intelligent and sensitive horses, and are sometimes
incorrectly labeled as "hot" horses. Because of their sensitivity, these horse
do not respond well to heavy handed training techniques, but will give their all
to the rider who treats them fairly. They are energetic horses with incredible
endurance, and excel at endurance racing. A versatile breed, Arabians can also
be found in western and english pleasure classes, dressage, jumping, reining and
cutting, barrel racing and gaming, trail riding and just about any other
equestrian pursuit you might want to participate in.
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