Monday Minstrel: The Arabian Horse

 

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Arab Stallion Edwin Landseer ( 1802-1873) London, Roy Miles Fine Paintings

 

“The Arab horse had emerged in the world of humans by at least  3000 BC. Its precise history remains a mystery, clouded by the many legends that surround this ancient breed, but  it is the Bedu tribes of the Arabian desert that are most closely associated with the Arab’s beginning.

To the Islamic people the Arabian was considered a gift from Allah, and to the nomadic Bedouins the horse was both revered and a necessity for daily survival. They cherished their fiery desert animal, selectively breeding the best horses to fix the breed’s characteristics for the future. This, combined with their isolated geography, ensured that the Arabian remained ‘pure’.

The English animal painter Edwin Landseer often depicted the Arabian, drawn no doubt to its natural beauty. Here his elegant grey stallion embodies all the desired qualities of the Arab, with the exquisite beauty of the horse cloaking its steely resolve and great intelligence. Unusually, during the early development of the breed it was the mares that were more highly prized than the stallions–they were said to be ultimately loyal to their masters, and were silent during battle, which made them the Bedouins’ greatest weapon.”

—-Quote from “The Horse-30,000 Years of the Horse in Art” by Tamsin Pickerel.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Good to know the details from Arab.. 🙂

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  2. Please read it as Horse..

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    1. anne leueen says:

      No worries I did.

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  3. Oh so nice meeting a hose lover. I am delighted.😄
    Fond Regards
    Shiva🎶

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  4. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I LOVE Arabians (they are one of my favorite breeds) and this was very insightful and interesting to learn!!! 🙂

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  5. Avery says:

    So cool about the mares. I knew they were often more prized, but did not know about the loyalty and silence. I am a mare person and know the loyal heart first hand! In my lesson on Saturday, I rode a 3rd level, gray Arabian named Phantom. SO fun!!! I had some great moments mixed in with some interesting moments lol. The guy handled me great though. A true testament to him. It has been years since I have had a lesson or ridden an educated horse outiside of my own…which were trained my be haha. I felt a little like a beginner, but trainer said I rode him well for never having ridden him and had some good moments. She also said I had a good feel for a horse. I about fell off. I couldn’t really listen to her for a second. I think I have good feel and others have told me that, but to hear it from a professional really just put me on cloud 9!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      This is wonderful Avery! So glad you enjoyed the lesson and the ride on the Grey Arabian. It seems that the photo of the Grey Arabian was just at the right time. Thanks for telling me about the lesson.

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  6. Janne Rumbough says:

    Great article! Thanks janne

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are welcome Janne.

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  7. No doubt Arabian horses are too magestic, specially their wide eyes as compared to others.

    But all horses are magestic!

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