Originally Posted by stevenson
I would like to ask a question , but not start a war.. I have noticed that on the Arabians now, they have a super dished face and the nostrils are more upward on the nose .. is this just a fad? It looks like they would get rain in there nostrils, and does that deep dish on teh face interfer with the nasal cavity and thier breathing? I liked the heads on the older style Arabians. The stallion pictured here does not have the nostrils I have seen on some of the horses I have seen on diff sites. And the dish is not a deep as on some of the other horses I have seen.
Congrats on your Stallion .
I believe certain sects of the Arab industry are steering the Arabian to something it never was. The exaggerated head and too-delicate body to me are not the ideal by any stretch of the imagination. I do hope it's just a fad.
I'm sure in extreme dishes- it would interfere with maximum breathing ability, and therefore- stamina/endurance.
I prefer more substantive Arabs, as one might guess considering my herd. They probably won't win any halter championships, but I really don't consider that a negative thing seeing what's being presented now, and I'm not breeding for it anyway. Halter used to be something entirely different and I'm not impressed with it today.
My boy is somewhere in the middle, which is what I want. His appeal is more versatile. Mare owners with either preference would find him a candidate to consider, since as we know, what captures attention first- is the "look" of a stallion. His other attributes are no less worthy. My mares are solidly Crabbet-based, which is a great foundation for temperament, versatility, substance, intelligence, and yes- beauty. I prefer the older-style Arabian and that is what I keep in mind with my breeding stock.
Thanks for the kind congrats!