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The Arab Horse, Arabian Equine Perfection and Arabic Charm with magnificent mane and tail!

Updated on December 4, 2011

The Arabian Horse

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Beautiful example of an Arabian showing the concave head, the short coupled back and that  typical high Arabian tail carriage.Water color of Arabian horse. I love to paint horses especially ArabiansMy complete paintingA fanciful picture I called "The Sultan's Steed". I tried to show the majesty of the horse and how highly they are thought of, with a golden bridle.Lusitano horse showing convex head compare to the Arabian one which is dished or concave.Lusitano watercolor
Beautiful example of an Arabian showing the concave head, the short coupled back and that  typical high Arabian tail carriage.
Beautiful example of an Arabian showing the concave head, the short coupled back and that typical high Arabian tail carriage.
Water color of Arabian horse. I love to paint horses especially Arabians
Water color of Arabian horse. I love to paint horses especially Arabians
My complete painting
My complete painting
A fanciful picture I called "The Sultan's Steed". I tried to show the majesty of the horse and how highly they are thought of, with a golden bridle.
A fanciful picture I called "The Sultan's Steed". I tried to show the majesty of the horse and how highly they are thought of, with a golden bridle.
Lusitano horse showing convex head compare to the Arabian one which is dished or concave.
Lusitano horse showing convex head compare to the Arabian one which is dished or concave.
Lusitano watercolor
Lusitano watercolor

Peter Upton and the Perfect Book of Arabians

The Perfect Horse

This Hub has been inspired by the death of my beloved Arabian Horse at the age of 30. Kwayiza, which means "Charming" in Arabic was the perfect horse, always pleased to see you, she would wicker softly to approve your presence. Never sick or sorry during her whole life she was always perky and ready to go.

The skeleton of the pure bred Arabian is usually more compact than the non Arabian. They have one fewer vertebrae and only 16 ribs instead of 17. This short back gives them immense strength. The tail carriage of the Arab horse is high and perky and this trait is often passed on to Arabian crosses. My half Arabian, half Welsh pony, Honey had this gay tail carriage and the dished face. The dished face is also a mark of the Arabian as opposed to the convex faces of Lusitanos from Portugal ad the Andalusians of Spain. Arabians are the epitome of equine beauty.

Straight out of the paddock, Kwayiza was always ready to go. I lived in a place in the UK that was surrounded by land criss crossed by Bridle ways (see my hub about walking in Wales) so it was possible to ride for hours with very little road work . Arabians have very dense bone and strong hooves. She did not need shoes and neither did her stablemate, Honey, a Welsh pony crossed with an Arab. Their blood has been used in just about every developed breed to give strength and endurance. The Thoroughbred of racing fame was developed from Arabian horses, the Byerly Turk and the Darley Arabian being two of the founding sires.

The Bedouins of the Arabian desert treasured their horses and even allowed them into their tents for shelter. The mares were more treasured than the males and only the best stallions were kept. The Bedouin memorised the pedigrees of their horses which were derived from the mares point of view. To this day the Arabian horse is a most prized possession. Arabian legend describes the creation of the Arabian horse thus:

God spoke to the south wind: "I will create from you a being which will be a happiness to the good and a misfortune to the bad. Happiness shall be on its forehead, bounty on its back and joy in the possessor."

This is the Arabian Horse.


The Perfect horse for every Adventure

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      Alexander Silvius 8 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

      Neat! Although I don't own any, I have an appreciation for horses, having helped take care of a few, (long time ago). This article reminded me of the Return of the Black Stallion, which was the first of the series I saw when very young. Nothing could capture the beauty of the Arabian more though than the first movie though, and thanks to you, I know a little more about Arabians. That bit about the skull structure, the "missing" vertebrae and ribs and the denser bones now has me more in awe of the breed, and I see why they are so highly prized. There's is little more amazing than to see an Arabian horse with its tail high in the sky. How do they deal with cooler weather in Wales?

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for the kind comment. It isnt the cool weather that they don't like it is the wet weather. My horses always had access to cosy shelter and in winter they had waterproof rugs. They lived out in the paddock with the stable doors open unless it was feed time. They each had their own stable and rarely used some one elses. Arabians can grow quite long woolly coats in winter and are very hardy.

      They are so beautiful it was a joy to see them.

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      A wonderful tribute to your beloved Arabian. Alas, the only ones I've seen in person (that I know of) were at Wayne Newton's ranch north of Las Vegas. What beautiful creatures they were!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Equine perfection! Thanks for the comment

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      silverwindintx 7 years ago from Burnet, TX

      Love the hub! I own three Arabians of my own. I love the breed and they have such wonderful personalities! My 10 year old broodmare is a perfect example. Although she isn't broke to ride, she will let my two young children (ages 2 & 4) ride her. She's played "babysitter" for my son when he was younger. I plan on writing some hubs on here about my horses when I get a chance! Wish I had lots of places to ride on like you do :)

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for the kind comment, silverwindintx. They are a delight to be around and so beautiful

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Yes they are perfection,thanks for dropping by!

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      Natural Horsemanship 7 years ago

      wow.. The horse looks great.. I like white horses...

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Her Dad was Cherif who was on the label for White Horse Whisky. She was born Bay and gradually changed color, rose grey, flea bitten grey, dappled grey and ultimately quite white. Thanks for coming by.

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      Equestrian Supply 7 years ago from Mid West.

      Beautiful horse and wonderful temperament by the sound of things. But you are right - they don't like damp weather.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      True equine perfection. Thanks for your kind comment ES.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      I love Arabians! As a kid I grew up near an Arabian ranch and would take riding lessons with them. Ever since then I've always been particularly fond of Arabians. Voted up!

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for the comment Daniella. They are so beautiful and intelligent. Glad you think so too!

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