A truly special kind of horse walked through the Middle Eastern deserts, occasionally and deservedly resting by the fires that lit the otherwise shadowy night with their masters, who cherished them not just because of their service, but simply for their company.
The Arabian Horse would soon after made their presence known, deemed as the most persuasive breed known in the history of man—thriving for a thousand years, treasured by warriors, travelers and horse-enthusiasts for their royalty and poise.
Today, these horses have found their way outside of the dangerous deserts of the Middle East, a diversity of strains having been developed through differing geographies and assigned jobs. They can be seen just about anywhere globally, their undying endurance and dexterity as dazzling as ever.
Arabian horses have never failed to showcase their muscularity and grace, making them excel in all horse sports. Calm and collected while being naturally disciplined—you’d think they were specifically made for sports. Their movements are flexible, unrestricted and polished—even more adding to their already poised reputation. The pronounced uphill balance and good stride with no tension whatsoever moreover sets them apart from other horses. The hunter type of Arabian horses have a more leveled frame compared to dressage type, each stride as grounded as the other as they are low, long, balanced and unrestricted.
A Sport Horse are arbitrated by movement, build and overall impression. Not only are they crowed by the latter, but they are just as endorsed in racing as well. As early as their breed’s rise, racing is a long set tradition for these horses up to this day. Among the most triumphant Arabian horses are of Russian, Spanish, Polish, Egyptian and Crabbet descent.
Long-distance riding competitions do not fail to add further dignity to Arabian horses. They could be kings in sport, having conquered this domain for years. Thanks to their centuries-old lineage and breeding, their endurance for traveling far distances through unforgiving environments have been greatly tried, tested and hence, developed. Just about any bloodline coming from that of the Arabian horse has been exhibited in endurance riding contests across the United States.
The Tevis Cup, which is a yearly event that involves a hundred-mile race in North California every summer, has been dominated by Arabian pure or cross breeds every year excluding two since its commencement in 1995. Surely, the Arabian horse has already ensured its rightful and glorious place in history.
Since this is a vast topic, we will trim the list down to celebrated strains of Arabian horses.
Polish – These Arabian horses arrived in Poland through battles between the country and Middle Easters. Previously Tartar, Turkish and Mongolian owned horses were seemingly rewards of war, where farms for the animals have been developed.
Egyptian – straight Egyptian horses embodies the pure blending of desert birthright. This strain traces its roots back to when historical leader Mohamed Ali commanded Egypt when it was under Turkish rule. With stables specifically made for the best horses he has gathered across Middle East. Today, these horses can be seen in various pedigrees in America.
Crabbet – Back in the 19th century, husband and wife Wilfrid and Lady Anne Blunt arrived in the Middle East to catch a glimpse and hopefully bring to England a number of these horses of grandeur. Lady Anne would later strive to uphold the pureness of the Arabian horses she bred. These horses from the particular strain can be witnessed worldwide today.