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The Arabian Horse
The Arabian horse is one of the oldest breeds of horse, dating back to 4,500 years. It is also said to be the most beautiful - I mean, just look at it! We horses sure know a lot about looks! The Arabian breed originated in the Arabian Peninsula. It has a distinctive 'dished' or concave face, and a high tail carriage. Elegant, loyal, and intelligent, these horses have a graceful movement and have extremely good stamina. The Arabian developed in a desert climate and was prized by the nomadic Bedouin people, often being brought inside the family tent for shelter and protection. This close relationship with humans has created a horse breed that is good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please. But the Arabian also developed the high spirit and alertness needed in a horse used for raiding and war. This combination of willingness and sensitivity requires modern Arabian horse owners to handle their horses with competence and respect. The Arabian is a versatile breed. Arabians dominate the discipline of endurance riding, and compete today in many other fields of equestrian activity. They are one of the top ten most popular horse breeds in the world. Don't you just lov'em?