Without question, the Arabian is the most distinctive and easily recognised horse on the planet. It is also a breed of antiquity, with records suggesting a origin of 5,000 years ago.
With a high set tail carriage and a fine head shape unique to the breed, the Arabian is a picture of grace and deceptive delicacy. It is believed that every riding horse in the world can be traced back to one Arabian or another, with many bloodlines dating back centuries and spanning the globe – examples from America to continental Europe and the Middle East.
How the Arabian came to be so well distributed is blamed upon war and trade, with the Arabian being added to the breeding program of other developing breeds to include its endurance, strength, willingness and refinement.
Having evolved beneath the hot Arabian sun, one would be hard-pressed to find a hardier or more versatile equine, capable of achieving greater speeds, demonstrating greater stamina, or showing a more gentle and balanced disposition. For these reasons, the Bedouin people of the Arabian Desert favoured the breed and made certain to preserve and evolve its merits.
The Arabian features heavily in ancient folklore and mythology, with one Bedouin legend describing how the horse formed from the scattered rain of a thundercloud, thereby acquiring the title ‘Drinker of the Wind.’