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All About Lady
Our resident Equine Aristocrat, and "Hoity-Toity Horse", Lady is a purebred Polish Arabian. Descended from Bask (his photos below), she was a show horse in her younger days and traveled extensively before coming here. Because she was stabled for much of her youth, she did not develop the social skills found in most horses. She does, however, throw some spectacular hissy fits (also pictured below).
She hates to be clean, and will find the biggest pile of poop she can to roll in should you dare to give her a bath. While she doesn't mind a nice icky roll in the poop (or plain old dirt if there's no poop handy), she will not set foot in mud ~ go figure :o) I have seen her stand and stare longingly at the water trough after a rain; if she gets thirsty enough she will mince around the puddle and stretch waaaaaaaaay out to avoid getting her tootsies dirty.
Lady has come a very long way over the past few years, from not wanting anything to do with people whatsoever to following me around the farm. She has, on recent occasion, even been accused of being friendly...who knew?? :o)
Lady having a hissy (caught on video :o)
This is a beautiful book on Arabian Sires (it's on my wish list) and features Lady's famous granddaddy, Bask, on the front cover.
Lady's great grandpa in his heyday.
The History of the Arabian Horse
The blood of the Arabian Horse flows through the veins of every domestic light horse breed in the world today. Historically, these horses have been the gift of Kings, a favored subject of artists, and the stuff of legend. The Arabian is believed to be the oldest breed of horse.
Arabs are easily distinguished by their gracefully arched neck, finely chiseled heads, dished faces, delicate ears and large, dark eyes. Arabians are known to be adept at learning and are considered the most intelligent of all the horse breeds. Traditionally, Arabians were bred and raised in close proximity to people and are valued for their unwavering loyalty to humans.
"Ranger" was the first known Arabian Horse to be imported into the United States, and was the sire of George Washington's gray charger, Magnolia. The Arabian breed registry was established in 1908, although until 1943 the Jockey Club managed Arabian and Arabian-cross registrations.
Source: Horses, A Practical and Scientific Approach [Bradley]
The Arabian Horse Today
The high intelligence, trainability, gentle disposition and stamina of the Arabian enable it to excel at a wide variety of activities popular today. Arabians are excellent on the trail as well as in the show ring. Show classes in English and western pleasure, cutting and reining, even jumping and dressage provide opportunities for fun and enjoyment at both all-Arabian events and open breed shows alike. As an endurance horse, (photo below) the Arabian and the Arabian cross have no equal.
While the Arabian Horse is extremely intelligent, it is also important to note that it is a hot-blooded horse. Many people consider Arabians to be "too hot to handle": their fiery temperament is very well-known and, unfortunately, all too often misunderstood.
Source: Arabian Horse Association
Lady and Her Little Ones
Lady has had two foals; Rina and Taya. Her first foal, Rina, was 3 months old when Lady came to live with us. The woman we bought her from had lost her trainer (she left to be a full-time mom) and Rina had been one of many foals at a large Arabian Horse Farm who had barely been handled (we called her our "wild child" :o)
Lady's second foal, Taya, was born right here (at Epic Farms) at 6:15 in the morning with our family in attendance (she waited for us, isn't that awesome?) A terrific mom, every afternoon like clockwork Lady would move Taya into the front yard where she would trot and canter in big sweeping circles (with baby safely tucked on the inside of the circle) for Taya's daily exercise.
Lady & Baby Rina
Lady & Baby Taya exercising
A mother/daughter luncheon (Rina (R) is two years old and Lady is pregnant with Taya in this photo:o)
Some picture perfect Arabian Horses
Watch the Arabian's grace and power in action - Wowza :o)
Lady's Favorite Sites
- EPIC FARMS ON SQUIDOO
I don't pretend to have all of the answers (shoot, I'm still coming up with questions). Our site is simply offered as a collection of learning experiences and personal observations that I found fascinating. Of course I find horses in general fascinat
- THE ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION
The official breed association of the Arabian horse industry
- BASK AUTOBIOGRAPHY
BASK++ Biographyby Suzanne Phillips Mercury FarmsAll Rights Reservede-mail SUZIENP@aol.com*BASK++ (Witraz x Balalajka) was born February 9, 1956 at Albigowa State Stud in Poland. He arrived in an age when Poland was still rebuilding after the devasta