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post #1 of 11 Old 01-06-2010, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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arabian types??

Hello!! I was wondring, what are the diffferent types of arabs and what do they all mean??

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-06-2010, 07:11 PM
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I don't know a huge amount about Arabians, but this is what I've heard, and what I do know. There are Egyptian Arabians, Russian Arabians, Cabberet (sp?) Arabians, and probably more strains that I haven't heard of before. From what I've heard, I believe that the Cabberet Arabians are more sport horse type, versus racing, or saddleseat. Egyptian Arabians have very typey heads, and are finer boned I believe. And are generally more of the race type strain. And Russian Arabians, are a bit thicker, and don't have as typey of a head. Do please correct me if I'm wrong though, as I got this all from a breeder who has kept the mindset of what the arabs were in the 60's. I have a Cabberet bred Arabian, who is bred to be more of a sport horse type Arab.
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There are polish arabs too, they are generally more stocky, but seem to still have very refined heads and that flagging tail, or at least the two at the farm do.

There is also a crabbet arab at our farm who is also very stocky and doesn't have that classic arab head, but does have the high tail carriage.

Egyptian arabians are more what you see in the halter rings, those refined horses with pencil necks and super refined heads.

And Russian arabians from what I have seen seem to be very very athletic, but I have never actually seen this type in person.

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Polish, Egyptian, Russian and Crabbet are all Arabian types commonly seen. They simply refer to the origin of the horses breeding in modern times.
Polish and Egyptian are most common in the US, Crabbet bred horses I believe come from a breeding program that originated in England. Obviously, all arabians of any type originated in the Middle East.
Egyptian bred horses are supposedly a little hotter and more difficult than the other types, alot of halter horses have egyptian in them it seems. I work with polish bred arabians and in general they are very smart and trainable and don't often have the very extreme refined features that some egyptian bred horses may have, I believe the same goes for russian and crabbet arabians as well.
Of course, many arabians have pedigrees that include more than one type as well.
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There is also the Shagya, a heavier boned riding horse type arab.

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There are also Spanish arabians, which were developed around the mid-1800's by the Yequada Militar (government branch which directs all horse breeding in Spain). It was a extremely strict program designed to create awesome, athletic cavalry mounts with intelligent, trainable minds. They are excellent sport horses.

Spaniards tend to be more robust, with large bone; deep, wide and round, not a very refined face, but large soft eyes and big powerful butts. My horse is a straight Spanish Arabian and I have to say, I favoured this strain over any other even before I got her and became awfully biased. ;)
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what would be a good arabian for everyday trailriding and maybe endurence, but with a dished head and flagged tail?

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I would suggest polish arabs. Of all the types I have dealt with they seem to be the most calm as well as are hardy. Of course a lot of arabs are a mixture of a bunch of different "types" so instead of looking for a particular type, I would suggest looking for the personality and the training that you want and forget looking for just a type.

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As to that question, op

I recommend you do your research and look at individual animals instead of just the types....

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post #10 of 11 Old 01-07-2010, 01:00 PM
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Arabians as a whole are known to excel at endurance, but you have to look for an animal that has the conformation and personality for it, not something from a specific type.
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