THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
THE ARABIAN HORSE— THE HORSE WHO LOVES YOU BACK
ARABIAN MARES AND THEIR FOALS GRACE THE
EXPANSIVE LAKEVILLE, CT. FIELDS OF RAE PAIGE
AND MARSHALL SCHWARTZS’ QUARRY HILL FARM.
FEW GOOD THINGS happen by accident, and the intelligence, empathy, and beauty of the Arabian horse is no exception. The oldest breed of horse in the world--archaeological evidence indicates over 4000 years-- the Arabian originated in the Middle East, where centuries of careful breeding by Bedouin tribes produced a maternal and caring partner that today thrives on human companionship, is intensely versatile in what it can do and is, indeed, the horse who loves you back. The nomadic Bedouin people developed the Arabian horse as an animal integral to the family and the tribe’s sur- vival. The horses were so valued that it was customary for them to live inside the family tent to protect them from marauding tribes, where the children literally grew up under the horse’s feet. Often the mares provided sustenance for the family through their milk. This close relationship with humans result- ed in a breed of horse that is good-natured, quick to learn, and highly attuned to human interaction. They are exceptionally sensitive to children and naturally maternal towards their “human charges.” The arid desert was also responsible for the development of physical attributes that today make the Arabian a favorite of artists throughout the world. A sculpted, dished face incorporates large nostrils for greater oxygen intake, and dark, liquid eyes set far apart enable the Arabian to see great distances. In addition, their high tail carriage was a way to more effectively stay cool in the heat of the Arabian desert. These horses spread from the Middle East over the centuries by both war and trade, and were used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, intelligence and good bone. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in virtually every modern breed of riding horse. “The Versatile Arabian” is a slogan of the breed. Arabian horses dominate the discipline of endurance riding worldwide, and compete
A NATIONAL CHAMPION ARABIAN MARE AND HER
FOAL ILLUSTRATE THE BEAUTY AND SOUL OF THE
ARABIAN HORSE BETTER THAN ANY WORDS CAN
AT TROWBRIDGE’S LTD. IN BRIDGEWATER, CT.
THE HISTORIC ARABIAN TRAINING AND BREEDING
FARM IS FORMALLY OWNED BY NOTED ARABIAN
HORSE BREEDER MIKE NICHOLS.
today in every other field of equestrian activity--from racing to jumping to carriage driving to reining and dressage. They are one of the top ten most popular breeds of horse in the world, and are found everywhere, with major breeding programs dominating many parts of Europe, South America and the Middle East, as well as
here in the United States and Canada. Today, we’ve entered the first century where horses are not an integral necessity for human survival. However, the evidence shows clearly that they still have a huge part to play in our development and ability to communicate beyond the written and spoken word, and Arabians are proving exceptionally gifted because of their extraordinary history. A sense of community connects every Arabian horse aficionado that transcends economic and social divides. Many of the horses are affordable to purchase and versatile in how they serve their owners. Their high spirit, alertness and sensitivity requires modern Arabian horse owners to handle their horses with competence and respect, but in return, they are capable of participating with their owners in almost any discipline imaginable. Arabian owners love to share their horses and introduce new people to these special animals. Contact any of the people and farms listed in this issue to meet this spectacular and special breed of horse, or go to: http://arabianhorses.org/education/education_discoveryfarm.asp *
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