I always loved horses. Their majesty intrigued me. I longed for the day that I would own one of my own and maybe, run a horse ranch where I could ride all day to my heart’s content. My fascination with horses started when I was quiet young. Of course I wasn’t alone. Millions of girls around the country have an equal fascination. What could be the reason? Why don’t girls idolize any other animal like hamsters as much?
My own obsession should be proof enough. Girls are often attracted to the look of a horse. Each breed has a different set of characteristics that makes it unique. However, there is one breed that truly stands out from the rest; the Arabian stallion.
The Arabian Stallion
The Arabian stallion is also one of the most recognized breeds in the world. You can’t miss that high carriage tail and distinctive shape of its head. The breed came from the Arab peninsula, hence the name. It also is one of the oldest horse breeds in existence. It has history. Archaeologists have evidence that the breed existed 4500 years ago as well.
What else attracts me to them? They have a proud look to them and a free long stride that cannot be matched by other breeds. Their look just demands attention. Their broad foreheads, large eyes, wedge shaped heads, small muzzles, large nostrils and refined gait makes them stand out. An arched neck is another feature that makes Arabians look unique from other types of breeds.
A History Of Arabian Stallions
To say that the Arabian stallion was a prized investment is an understatement. The Bedouin used to track the breed’s lineage diligently. Mares were highly prized and their pedigree is also tracked. In time, the Bedouin started to develop several strains of the breed
Modern breeds are no longer classified according to their Bedouin ancestors. But that doesn’t reduce their majesty in any way; at least not to me. Some of the more popular breeds include –
There is also a domestic category which is classified as breeds whose ancestors were brought to the United States before 1944. These also include ancestors from programs such as Maynesboro, Kellogg and Davenport.
It isn’t surprising why each breed’s value is hotly debated. The AHA (Arabian Horse Association) defines the breed’s origins, “The origin of the purebred Arabian horse was the Arabian Desert, and all Arabians ultimately trace their lineage to this source.”
Not Just a Pretty Face
Of course, there is more to the Arabian stallion than a pretty face. Early breeders admired the look of the Arabian horse so much that they bred it with other horses. In fact, this is also why almost all horses have Arabian ancestors.
Arabian Horses Are Loyal
The Arabian’s signature coloring is white. However, the breed can also have a black, roan, gray, chestnut and bay coat. A roan Arabian stallion will have a black, bay or chestnut coat with a mix of white hairs. A chestnut stallion will have a beautiful copper coloring while a Bay Arabian is red brown. Like most horse breeds, Arabians may have markings on their legs and faces.
Arabian stallions were originally bred in desert climates. They were so prized by the families that owned them that they had to be brought indoors at night to prevent anyone from stealing them. However, it is their gentle nature, responsiveness and their love for their owners that truly sets Arabians apart from the rest of the breeds. This is also why the breed has shown great courage during wartime as well as strength and stamina in long races.
Their loyalty to their owners is legendary which is why girls are so attracted to them. Their sensitive natures and willingness to please means that they should be handled with the respect they deserve. The Arabian’s ability as a quick learner makes them capable of communicating with their riders. This is also why the breed is prized for horse shows.
While most white stallions may appear to have white coats, they are not that color genetically. In fact, all Arabians that look white are actually grey.
The Arabian stallion definitely is a class apart from other horse breeds in Texas. One look was all it took for me to fall in love with the breed.