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MONTHLY - August 2009

The white Mare..... !


The summer weeks make life a bit more relaxed. The people from the Arab Gulf countries are moving toward the west, the people from Europe are moving toward the south. And the horses? They mostly stay, where they are, except those that are supposed to be in the show training.

The beauty fascinates us, and a true classical Arab horse must demonstrate the classical beauty - whatever you define in the word "beauty" - and the classical type, whatever this means, the Saqlawi typed horse. the Kuhaylan type, the Dahman type; whether a long lined, elegant horse, or a short and more compact one. There is a variety of classical standard and type.... let's hope that it always stays, as a unified one-look-horse might become a bit boring!

The classical Arab horse and beauty is more than just a head - it is the overall appearance, the presence, the charisma, the style of movement, the prancing and the action. And it is the NATURAL tail carriage and pride that a beautiful Arab horse shows in specific moments. It is the big dark eyes watching attentive far away. The body should be able to carry a saddle and rider, and to move slightly as the classical Arab horse would normally canter more than trot.

The white mares and stallions always had the ones to catch the eyes of many enthusiasts, and they have even been the chosen ones of royalties and leaders if you look to the old paintings and pictures. The dark eye of a white horse jumps out against the white colour - and the brillance of a white coat in the sunshine is definetely striking. However, we have to admit that each normal breeder knows that the white horses in his/her stable seldom looks white and clean but often dirty, and they do not have such a show shine in normal day to day life ..... However, today, we see more and more pigmenation problems in the breed and this in all lines. The pinky skin and pigmentation lost seem to increase in the breed! It's not only in the straight lines as still many people like to think or say. The pigmentation lost is seen in all lines, even in younger horses more and more - around the eyes, in the face and also all over the body. To breed for early white horses that are preferred in the show bizz, that might also cost a charge. It is really important to know and to face which individual horse/s or line/s in a pedigree might cause these pigmentation problems. This does not automatically mean to avoid such an individual, but to carefully breed with it, but not to intensify or inbreed to. Otherwise it might end up with a "pinky" future. And the pink is an inconvenient visual moment as well as it might become a health problem for the horse in the fields and in the sun.

A white Arab horse like the one pictured above, with good pigmentation, a dark skin under the white coat, a big dark eye, big wide nostrils, a nice (natural) tail carriage - THIS is what we love to see in the beauty of an Arab horse, already for decades and centuries!




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