Horse Podcast Ep 107: The Arabian Horse, Oldest Breed In The World

Today’s episode is all about the oldest horse breed in the world: the Arabian Horse. The first breed to be domesticated and the foundation breed in most modern horse breeds. The primary purpose of breeding the Arabians was to train them to be war horses which were capable of long travels and and quick attacks on opponents camps. Arabians are the leader in the endurance racing field however they are also dominate in most equine sports. We also learn how the Arabian skeletal structure is different from other breeds. Arabian horses have been the center of attention for equine lovers for many years. These extremely humble yet hot blooded horses have an great temperament which makes them ideal for both domestication and competition.

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The Oldest Breed of Horses: The Arabian Horse

The Arabian the oldest breed of horse to walk on this planet. Archaeological proof suggests the Arabian horse dates back over 5000 years in the middle east. Today these beautiful horses can be found all over the world. The Arabian breed is among the forefathers in most of the modern horse breeds of today. The Thoroughbred and Quarter horses are some of the most famous light breeds which are related to the Arabians.

The Arabians have a unique appearance which gives them a distinguished look, delicately dished face, and high tail carriage makes them easily recognizable. These beautiful horses tend to be on the shorter size in the 14-15 hands region. Arabians have an unique skeletal structure which elevates their back but shortens their overall height.

The Arabian Horse: Hot Blooded and Active

Arabians are hot blooded, active and generally cooperative with their humans partners both in training and riding. They can be attention seekers and will keep you on your toes. These equine champions are competing in in most equestrian sport events. Arabians, always at the top in endurance racing, however are just as versatile in the ranch work, pleasure and trail riding.

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  • World oldest horse breed
  • Require less food and water compared to other breeds
  • Arabian skin colour is always black
  • Domination in Endurance racing

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Tapestry Equine Products

Keep it simple, that is the message owner and operator Linda Hauk want to share with her customer. Tapestry Equine products came to fruition after watching and listening to horses for many years. 

As a coach with over 35 years experience, she kept her coaching and training approach simple. We teach a horse just 3 things – stop (downward transitions and half-halts), go (upward transitions, lengthen stride) and move over (all of our lateral work). That’s it. Stop. Go. Moveover. 

Our horses are always talking but are we listening? That can be with regards to the bit, saddle, girth and other equipment we use on them and the training that we do with them. As a student of horsemanship and horsemastership we owe it to our horses to try our best to understand their facial, body and emotional cues.

And it is the same philosophy for the products she wanted to design

Keep It Simple

Tapestry Equine products has developed and patented 3 great products.

The spursuader the spur with kindness in mind. Great for amateurs and sensitive horses they come in both English and western styles. Next is the Tapestry comfort girth, designed for flexibility right where the horse needs it the most. This girth allows for the chest to expand and the most crucial part. This girth helps with performance and will allow the horse top move more freely. As well we have the Tapestry neck strap. Great for beginners or amateurs, it gives you something to hold on to without catching your horse in the mouth.

Information about sizing and care can be found on their website.

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