Arabian Horses
The Composition of Arabian mares’ milk

mallaina arabian horseIn the first days of after birth, foals are normally with their mothers and their only nutrition is mare’s milk which is the best food for them, as it contains all the nourishment necessary for the proper growth and development of a young foal. Researchers show that the quantity of milk drunk by foals during the first weeks of life does not depend on the foal’s behaviour during suckling. One of the most important things that has an effect on the milk’s quantity and quality is the feeding of the mares. The most important thing for any foal is to receive the necessary components in the proper proportions and quantity, because the growth rate of young foals is at its most intensive during that time.

Arabian Horse Strains

The Desert Type Arabian

The horses found among the nomadic Bedouin possessed certain common physical traits regardless of their particular strain or family.  Those who survived to maturity all had the unmistakable look of an enduring athlete and warrior.  In the physical sense, "Desert Type" can best be described by the following general traits:

  1. Heads that have more distance from the eye to the top of the skull than from eye to eye across the face.
  2. The top of the skull is in line with the eye and nostril, not bending backwards above the eyes.
  3. The bones of the lower jaw taper from jawl to incisor.
  4. Eyes that fill their sockets.
  5. Extremely "dry" heads in old age.
  6. Unobstructed breathing represented by a well defined trachea/esophagus leading to widely spaced jowls.
  7. A definite break in the outline between the neck and withers.
  8. Withers slightly higher than croup.
  9. Relatively short, strong backs.
  10. The base of the dock of the tail is set from the point of the buttocks.
  11. The deepest point of the body is between the forelegs.
  12. A noticeable girth groove.
  13. The ratio of trunk and foundation strength to height at the withers is a lower number in Desert Breds than in other Arabians.
  14. Exceptionally well shaped hooves and sound legs.
  15. Thin skin and a noticeable bloom to the coat.
  16. An overall appearance of a finely tuned athlete.
Arabian horse history

breedThe Arabian horse is a breed of horse that originated in the Middle East. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is one of the oldest horse breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses from the Middle East spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and good bone. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse.
The Arabian developed in a desert climate and was prized by the nomadic Bedouin people, often being brought inside the family tent for shelter and protection. This close relationship with humans has created a horse breed that is good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please. But the Arabian also developed the high spirit and alertness needed in a horse used for raiding and war.


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