This explains the systematic evolution of the Spanish Arabian:
From the book Great Stud Farms of the World (Monique And Hans Dossenback, Hans Joachin Kohler, 1977, William Merrow and Co., Inc., forward by HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh) about the Military State Stud of Spain, it says, "The influence of the Military Stud on Arabian horses breeding in Spain began to make itself felt soon after the turn of the century. Right from the start the work was organized systematically and scientifically, with the aim of producing purebred animals for the State Stallion depot where private breeders could send their mares to be covered.....with the pure Arab breed they achieved success right from the start. Breeding began with a foundation stock of mares and stallions, most of excellent quality. Almost all the Arabs at present standing at the Yeguada Militar are extremely beautiful. Their high quality is attributable not only to their noble origin, to expert selection and careful rearing, but also to the favorable ecological conditions in the south of Spain."
From the Arabian Horse Times May 1995 article "Welcome to the Return of the Spanish Arabian Horse" by Kristian Fenaux, Page 355, "Pure Spanish - with their pool of original pure Arabian blood, a mixture of desert and all European strains, the Spanish Arabian grew up and acquired his own identity. After 1934 and until very recently, there were no new significant imports. These special circumstances in Spain, of breeding within a closed and limited gene pool, produced a very special Arabian horse, homozygous in almost all genetic qualities. The high quality of the foundation material and ruthless selection for generation and generations, keeping only those horses of outstanding merit and quality (both physical and mental) for breeding, has produced what we call the pure Spanish Arabian. Between 1930 and 1970, Arabian horses were bred because good horses were important, mainly for Military and agriculture needs. (Editor's note: Spain has only recently joined the European Economic Community(EEC). Through the 70's and into the 80's, on our many trips to Spain we saw in the beginning, really no tractors, but many horses (and work mules) working, pulling carts of produce even into Madrid amongst the busy motor car traffic, or being ridden beside the roads) "The Spanish Arabian is a genuine product of Spain". Here, until just recently, horses were really a significant part of everyday life. The need for strong, reliable, good minded and stable horse was a must for many activities and purebred Arabians were among the most valued assets. http://www.barcino147.com/articles/f...07_16_5502.php