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post #71 of 88 Old 08-16-2013, 06:31 PM
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I don't know for sure but I've heard since they are from the Arabian desert where it is really hot the dished in face, the big nostrils, and the arched neck help them get in more air and that when they were domesticated and bred it became a standard for them


But anyway I'm not sure but I've heard that more than once
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post #72 of 88 Old 08-16-2013, 08:51 PM
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I don't know for sure but I've heard since they are from the Arabian desert where it is really hot the dished in face, the big nostrils, and the arched neck help them get in more air and that when they were domesticated and bred it became a standard for them


But anyway I'm not sure but I've heard that more than once

I doubt it. Like I said, most of the ones I have seen when I lived in the Arabian Desert (North, not on the Peninsula) which were owned by ordinary Bedouin, never had the dished face. Those that did have it, it was only slight. I have seen some Arabian shows from the Gulf on YouTube, and they all have a bit of dish going on, but that could be the make-up (and I am still astonished that there actually even is horse make-up) or they have been bred to fit to the supposed characteristics. Thatís my guess anyway. Or maybe the Bedouin in Southern Jordan just donít dig the dish so have bred their horses not to have it? They certainly told me that they are better in desert endurance races without the dish.
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post #73 of 88 Old 08-17-2013, 03:51 AM
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My turn. I'm not real big on the dish thing myself, though a slight dish is attractive. My "dishiest" horse is probably my Peanut in my avatar. Here are some of my other totally non-dishy faces (please excuse the beginner's choke hold on my mare's mouth in the last pic).






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post #74 of 88 Old 08-19-2013, 01:53 AM
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Not all breeders strive for a "head", most good breeders breed for sound legs and good conformation. But of course there will always be those breeders that are "head hunters". Also, it does depend, quite often but not always, on the bloodlines.
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post #75 of 88 Old 08-20-2013, 03:54 PM
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I've always loved Arabs, mega dished face or not, but the only thing I don't like about the extremely typey ones is how fine boned they look. I rescued my Arab about three years ago and when he filled out it was obvious he wasnt a extreme looking Arab, as he was rather... thick Never the less, he's a amazing horse.






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post #76 of 88 Old 08-21-2013, 02:06 AM
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Gallop On - love your boy. Looks a little like my 3 year old:


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post #77 of 88 Old 08-21-2013, 02:40 AM
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I have seen many arabians over the years and love the dishy face, although there are some that are a little over the top. Here are a few pics of my girl Missy.







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post #78 of 88 Old 08-21-2013, 02:58 PM
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I call the extremely dished arabs mutants. Never liked them before until I got my Rikki. Best horse I have ever owned.
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post #79 of 88 Old 08-23-2013, 12:36 AM
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*whistles* Look at those older style Arabs. Just beautiful. THOSE are the types of Arabs I like to see. Good strong bone. Something you'd WANT to use to do a bit of everything or handle a long endurance ride. I can appreciate a super type-y head if it's on a good bodied Arab. I don't personally like them, but can appreciate the beauty of them. Although I'm sure some people would consider my mare fairly type-y >.> I never have though.





These are both super old, but for some reason I only have pictures of her all fuzzy in the winter >.>
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post #80 of 88 Old 08-23-2013, 12:38 AM
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Love the second one. She looks like my Rikki
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