01-09-2013, 09:40 AM
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Polish Arabs are a type of Arabian. Every type is still an Arabian, but each were bred for characteristics that a particular State stud or breeder was trying to bring out.
For example, Polish Arabians were originally bred for stamina, good bone, and performance abilities. The dished heads were thrown by the wayside, since they weren't important to what the Polish Stud was trying to accomplish. Polish Arabs tend to have straighter profiles, but there's no mistaking that they're Arabians.
The differences between the types of Arabians shouldn't be as blatant as they're starting to be. If you have to look at a horse more than once to figure out it's supposed to be a purebred Arabian, something's wrong.
Arabians were originally compact, short coupled little horses with excellent bone structures. They were hardy animals, and rarely needed shoes or major medical attention because they tended to stay healthy. With the advent of today's 'super model' Arabians all of that is changing, and not for the better in my opinion.
There never used to be breedings just for halter horses. You bred for the best all around horse possible.
Free, I'd never consider Wikipedia the 'go to' expert on anything, and especially not for breeding live animals.