BlueSpark, that's pretty interesting to see such a difference in how dished their faces can be! If I were to just see that picture I might think that she was a TB with how non-dished it is. I'm sure her body is more like an Arabian than TB, but that is pretty cool! Thanks for sharing, she's very pretty!
Something else to consider: Many times the dish you see is actually a result of breeding for a more pronounced jibbah (the bulbous-looking area of the forehead). The more pronounced the jibbah, the more pronounced the dish. That has absolutely no negative impact on the horse's ability to breathe. Posted via Mobile Device
Thanks for all the info too. I forget that they do use make up on the horses for show and picture purposes, which does make a huge difference. I know someone who breeds, trains, and shows halter Mini's, and I watched him shave a rather fuzzy mini with a huge winter coat. He was doing a show that weekend, and man, the difference between the horse with the "normal" fuzzy winter coat, and the horse all shaved up, you almost wouldn't think it was the same horse. So there are many different ways to make the horse look different than it maybe really is.
I tried to ask someone who used to show Arabians, trains them still but no longer shows, about the whole dished head thing, and I loved my mare so much that I want to find another Arabian like her, I wanted to know what type of breeding she was, I.e. Egyptian, Russian, etc. The answer to the dished head thing wasn't really an answer at all, so I've been kind of wondering myself, I thought that the jibbah was a very desired trait if the horse had it, but I got a "what's that, it's got nothing to do with the dished face" type of answer which made no sense to me. He also said that my horse was a "domestic" bred with a little Egyptian I believe, which leaves me scratching my head as I've never heard the term "domestic bred". But anyways, just goes to show you that everyone had a little different opinion, or explanation, and there are many different types out there, which is the same with any breed. You can get TB's that look more like Quarter Horses etc. People always thought my Arabian was a Quarab. They had a hard time believing she was purebred, as they were used to the skinny, very refined Arabs. Anyways, great information.
I love the exotic look of the Arabian. I am an old gal and attended many many shows over the past few decades. I actually think that Arabs have gotten LESS exotic looking. The Arabians of old (at least 25-35 year ago) were much different then what you see in the rings now. They had the dished heads, but were not so extreme in high neck set, angled shoulder and high knee action you see in the ring now. I used to stand ringside in Awe of the Arabians floating trots and Big eyes. They looked like they could breath fire like a dragon, they were HOT but controlled. Amazing horses. Now, they look more like Saddlebreds and though Saddlebreds are now and always have been my favorite breed, I miss the old Arabians. I think that some folks are beginning to breed more like the old Arabians again. I mean, why work so hard to turn one breed into another? Saddlebreds are great, love the animated trots but Arabians are great for a totally different reason. I wish I had, had digital cameras back in the day so I could show you guys more pictures of the lovely Arabians back in the day.
If you breed exclusively for a pretty head you might get it but that horse might not be a performance prospect.
Thanks deserthorsewoman for the link to my horses. They are never clipped and are all purebred arabians.
The dark bay 2 year old colt is about as exotic as I want to get in my breeding program. The bay yearling will have a nicer head in a couple of years.
OP arabians come in all shapes, sizes, and types. IMO there is one for everyone.
I do not breed horses for the show ring exclusively nor do I focus my breeding program on one discipline. If I get a horse with a very nice exotic head I am happy but if he can't perform then I have failed. There are lots of arabian breeders who think as I do. Shalom
Since it appears like we're sharing pictures of our Arabians now, Lacey would never forgive me if I didn't add her dish to the group.
Everyone has such lovely Arabs!
Lacey here is, as far as I can tell, predominantly Polish bred. She's not registered but she's pure. Her sire was Polish with a dash of Crabbet and her mom is unknown. But, from how Polish-y Lacey looks/acts, I bet that her dam was pretty Polish as well.
She's not super dishy, she's just about how I like them. I wouldn't mind just a touch more though...but not too much.
[she's a 1986 "model" so hello, older-style Arab! ]