Originally Posted by bubba13
How are you reckoning that? Were there not hardy, thick, short-of-stature ponies in China and Russia far apart from the "Oriental" breeds--and how would the latter end up in Norway? And if you're counting everything "Oriental" as an Arabian, how does that distinguish from things like the Akhal-Teke, or the gaited Marwari?
From the Fjord registry:
If you subscribe to the theory of four original 'types' of horse, surely you can see that there would have been interbreeding. There is too much differentiation between the Fjord and the Przewalkski to accept there is no outside blood added. Especially since there were documented Fjords that were not dun before the stud book closed. As for how they ended up in Norway - how did any horse at all end up there?
As for counting anything 'oriental' as Arabian, I was merely pointing out that there was the 'oriental' type before the Arabian was a breed as such. There is no doubt in my mind that the Akhal-Teke and Marwari have Arab blood, I would challenge you to show me a non-isolated breed that doesn't have recognised Arabian in the blood somewhere.