Edition: 25 / Bronze/Kiaat Wood
Dimensions: 400mm L x 240mm W x 380mm H
Weight: +- 9kg
The story of the Arabian horse is thousands of years old, filled with poetry, art, and romantic legends. It is a tale that embraces grand historical figures, from prophets to pashas, to kings, queens, and presidents, reaching across diverse civilizations on five continents. From the days of gallant desert warriors to the age of information, the superior qualities of the Arabian have ensured that it has been carefully preserved as the world’s oldest equine breed.
The exact origins of the Arabian horse are still a mystery. Its distinctive silhouette is first seen in the art of ancient Egypt more than 3,500 years ago, but it was the nomadic peoples of the Arabian desert, known as the Bedouin, who created and refined the pure breed that exists today.
The original purpose of the Arabian was as a desert warhorse. While camels provided meat, milk, leather, and transport for the desert peoples, horses were much faster and more manoeuvrable. This made them ideal for the type of surprise raids that were the hallmark of Bedouin warfare.
Over time these horses adapted to their desert environment, resulting in qualities that make them unique among all equine breeds. Since pasture was scarce, Arabian horses had to be exceptionally hardy, learning to survive on such non-typical feeds as dates and camel’s milk. Even today, Arabian horses are quite healthy and require less feed than horses of a similar size. Other desert adaptations include thin skin and tails held high when in motion, both traits that help cool the body. Arabian horses have strong hooves that helped them withstand the sand and rocks of the desert. While they may appear delicate in appearance, they are actually quite strong, with dense bones and short backs. There are many examples of Arabian horses carrying heavy riders over great distances with little food or water. This extraordinary stamina is perhaps the most important physical characteristic of the breed. Known for intelligence, courage, loyalty and a spirited yet gentle disposition, the Arabian breed has an amazing affinity for humans. For centuries the Bedouin treated their horses as members of the family. The foals were raised with their children, the mares sought shelter in their tents. Over time this became a genetic characteristic of the breed and one of its most endearing traits. Arabian horses bond strongly with their humans, and have a strong desire to please. They actively seek affection and return it in kind.
The Arabian is known as the most beautiful of horses, and has been celebrated as such in centuries of literature and art. Nobility of spirit is another hallmark of the breed. Even the word for “horse” in Arabic means to “walk with pride” indicating a noble bearing has always been an important characteristic of these desert horses. Certainly the beauty and pride of the Arabian has attracted the eye of generations of horsemen throughout history, and has been an important element in contributing to the longevity of the breed.
Those who love and appreciate the Arabian horse have an unspoken bond, not only with important historical figures of the past, but also with those breeders, owners, and enthusiasts around the world who share their passion. Most Arabian horse owners will tell you that this camaraderie has changed their lives. It has enabled them to travel places they might not otherwise have gone, to meet fascinating people from other countries and cultures, and to take pride in preserving the heritage of an animal that is a true treasure of the ages. When you own a Arabian, you gain not only a marvellous horse, but an opportunity for an exceptional lifestyle as well!