Throughout history, Arabian horses have influenced people, society, and other breeds. The beauty of this elegant breed has been appreciated by many historical world leaders such as Napoleon, Catherine the Great, and Genghis Khan. Today it still holds its status as one of the most sought after horses for showing, competing, and pleasure riding.
This horse breed originates from the Middle East and particularly the Arabian Peninsula. It was initially used by Bedouins living in the desert.
During this time they developed a strong connection with humans as they shared tents with their owners in an attempt to protect themselves from sun burns. Today this connection can still be witnessed with Arabian foals which unlike many other breeds are not scared of humans.
Back then these horses were bred for every day use and due to their speed and intelligence were also used in warfare. Their endurance was so extraordinary that leaders of Russia, Poland and Prussia started their own bloodlines of Arabian horses, to take advantage of them in battles.
The Industrial Revolution and developing military industry affected some of these bloodlines severely. After these horses were no longer needed in warfare, an appreciation as a piece of fine art took over. Many purchased these horses in an attempt to reduce the amount of taxable income they held and the price of these horses sky-rocketed.
After tax regulations changed, these horses were mostly used for recreational horse riding. Due to their qualities they were also used to better other breeds and give draught horses a lighter conformation. Today Arabian horses are used for all kinds of purposes including racing, showjumping, endurance, and show riding.
If you are looking to buy this type of horse, you should always check their breeding history. These horses are known to have certain genetic disease but thankfully most of these conditions can be tested with a DNA sample. These conditions include foal immune deficiency and illnesses causing coordination problems. A thorough veterinary examination prior to purchase will help determine potential problems.
This horse can give its owner the best of both worlds it is both majestic in conformation and a fast learner. Training of these intelligent creatures should always be done by a professional as mistreatment can frustrate these horses.
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