Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What's Going On with the Arabian Horse?

Today I received my first Issue of “Arabian Horse World” in 32 years.  I ordered a subscription a few weeks ago.  I have been mostly interested in Gypsy Horses for about 20 years now, but I was feeling nostalgic for the Arabian Breed, and I thought that getting a subscription again might be fun.

Let me say this first: Arabian Horse World has always been a benchmark of magazine publishing excellence.  Having looked through this magazine carefully twice now, I can say that that hasn’t changed much.  Unfortunately, I can’t say that for the horses themselves.  The cover horse, Sulatat Al Shaqab, of the May edition says it all.  The horse looks like he was at the losing end of a prizefight.

And look at this video: 

 What a mess! These monkey-faced horses are egregious in type and have been prepared for viewing by smearing enough Vaseline around their muzzles and eyes to keep a whorehouse in lubricants for a week.  These are nothing like the desert-bred horse that won the hearts of horsemen and horsewomen around the world.  Take a look at Muson, below.  Muson was imported by Homer Davenport at the turn of the century.  (In fact, the only real enjoyment I got from my issue of “Arabian Horse World” was a short article about Davenport, with a picture of Muson that I had not seen.)


Colonel William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody is shown in this undated photo on his (borrowed from Homer Davenport) Arabian stallion Muson
And look at Mesaoud, (below) b 1887. Bred by Ali Pasha Sharif, Egypt. Purchased from him in 1889 by Wilfrid and Lady Anne Blunt, and imported from Egypt to England by them in 1891. Sold to Russia in 1903. He is recognized as an Al Khamsa Arabian, with verifiable lineage tracing to the Bedouin of the desert.

And there are still fine examples of desert-bred Arabians.

Arabian stallion, w a Mandate. Mandate’s bloodlines include the Greats of Arabian breeding. His significant sire line comes from National Champion Ali Jamaal who sired multiple national champions. His dominant dam line comes from the great foundation mare TW Forteyna who has produced multiple national champions.

But horse shows and the rocketing popularity of the breed in the 1970's and 1980's have done to the Arabian what the AKC has done to dogs.  It has turned them into hothouse freaks.  

This animal looks deformed.  And he is an example of  the "Egyptian" Arabian that is winning shows nowadays.  Below we see what the Egyptians are doing with Egyptian horses. 

Yasser Ghanem at his countryside farm in Abu Kebir in the Nile Delta area of Egypt, with his powerful Kuhaylah Ju’aytiniyah mare Bushra (Malek El Khayl x Bint Bombolla by Najm Tareq). It shows the quality and strength of some of these Tahawi desert bred Arabians  from: Daughters of the Wind

This looks like a useful horse.   As does the mare in the video below:

Cale' La Tisa. (AK Desert Bey(by Shaihk al Badi) x Favaras Sabrina (Naiyir La Tisa) 2005 Grey - Al Khamsa, Crane, Asil, Arabian - no Minstril Bloodlines.

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