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      30 Jan
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    Hiba is sadly been loaned to a friend since I lost my job last year. Hoping the day will come when I can see him regularly again. I know he's enjoying real pasture for the first time though.

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Arabian Type...past And Present?


I didn't want to take the topic of the shrinking gene pool in a completely different direction but the last few posts made me think about a few things that I thought would make a very interesting discussion on it's own.

We often talk about certain arabs being more "typey" than others or how some sport horse or race horse lines don't fit well into "Arabian Type". But if you look at the Arabians of today and what people would consider ideal "type" and look at the model of what an ideal arabian should look like, and compare it to what the original bloodstock, and original Arabian was, I often wonder how we came up with our ideal, and what it was based on? I look at pictures and videos of the horses that were brought from Egypt and the various tribes and see horses that varied a bit in how they looked, all seemed to have a similar "type" but not even close to what we would consider typey by today's standards, in fact they would be laughed out of the arena. They look quite similar to what we see on the race tracks and endurance/CTR circuits. Horses that were bred for not so much their looks but for stamina, soundness, speed, agility, sure footedness, temperament, ridablity etc. But the more and more we can make horses a spectacle and focus on how they look, IMO we often lose sight of what made the Arabian so sought after in the first place. Obviously the original importers picked many individuals that had certain traits they wanted to perpetuate and then created their various programs and were very successful as creating the "type" we now see... but when does "type" go too far? When does the original breed get forgotten and replaced by something completely different? Sure things evolve and change, everything will eventually to some degree, and many of the breeding programs created some VERY special horses, but where are we headed now?

For arguements sake... here are photos of horses that I'm sure many of us have seen because these are horses that are in many of the bloodlines of the horses of today..... but would ANY of us look twice at a mare or stallion that looked like this now? Would any of us consider them top quality breeding stock or import them with hopes of improving our current stock? Interesting thoughts...

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