Hi Horse Pals ~
The first 2 horses I rode were Arabians, OB and Biffy, and so I am happy to highlight them. They are considered by many people to be the most beautiful equine animal in the world.
Fact#1:: The Arabian originated in the Middle East and to the Arab people is called keheilan, meaning " pure blood, through and through". They are the oldest and purest of all horse breeds.
Fact#2:: The Arab is quite unique in its conformation. The Arab has 17 ribs (other horses have 18); five lumbar vertebrae (other horses have 6); and 16 tail bones (other horses have 18).
Fact#3:: The head is small and elegant, with a "dished," or concave, profile. The neck has a high crest and the angle at which the neck joins the head, called the mitbah, is seen only in this breed.
Fact #4: The Arabian is a breed with a reputation for intelligence, high spirit and outstanding stamina, which makes it an excellent choice for endurance riding.
Fact #5: Traditionally, the Arab is a small horse ranging from 14.2 - 15 hands and the Arabian Horse Association recognizes pure bred horses with the coat colors bay, grey, chestnut, black and roan. Bay is the most common color, followed by grey and then chestnut.
There were so many fun facts about Arabians that it was hard to choose 5! It's a lot of fun to learn even more about some of my favorite horses.
So, here's the clue to my next horse choice ... the first horse to be registered as this breed was named Wimpy. Have fun guessing!!
Your Horse Pal,