Introducing the Arabian Horse!

The Arabian Horse

The beautiful horse in this  picture are called an Arabian Horse.  Did you notice that his face is curved or “dished?” Did you also see that the horse in this picture has a wide space between his eyes? People who lived in the Middle East a long time ago thought that horses with this type of head were very smart. They even gave the wide space between the horse’s eyes a special name. It’s called the “Jibbah.”  Many people believed that the bigger the “Jibbah” the more talents the horse had.  Some people would describe the Jibbah as a broad forehead. You may also have noticed that the horse has very large eyes. That’s another sign of kindness in a horse. Experienced horsemen pay close attention to horse’s eyes and the expression in them. They don’t like to buy horses with small, sunken eyes because it shows that the horse has a nasty disposition.

The Arabian is the oldest breed of horse in the world. Many years ago, they only lived in the Middle East. The people who lived there at that time were called nomads. The nomads loved their horses so much that they used to let their horses sleep in the tents with them! Can you imagine your mom letting a horse sleep in your bedroom? The nomads gave their horses a special job, too. They knew that the horses would protect them while they slept. They relied on the Arabian’s keen senses of smell and hearing to warn them of danger.

The horses would know if anyone was outside and they would warn their masters! Weren’t they smart?

Did you know that when a horse is smart it can be a tricky thing? If you had an Arabian horse he would learn quickly. That means he wouldn’t only learn the good things fast, but he would also be very quick to pick up bad habits! For this reason, you should be an experienced rider if you own an Arabian.

Are you wondering what colors most Arabians are? Most of them are bay (brown) or chestnut (reddish)

There are grey Arabians, too. The grey ones start out very dark, but eventually they turn white. Arabians always have dark skin, to help protect them from the sun.

Finally, I’ll mention that Arabians can run fast. That’s one reason why George Washington used Arabians when he was going into battle.

Now you know quite a bit about these beautiful horses. I hope you had fun learning about them. 

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