Interesting Facts About The Arabian

Fascinating Facts About The Arabian

Often cited as one of the oldest domesticated horse breeds in the world, the Arabian has been an important part of human development and civilisation for thousands of years. They were one of the first breeds of animal that humans were able to successfully tame, and they played a massive part in our migration and travel throughout the years. They were especially useful in arid conditions, which is where many ancient civilisations had originally formed.

Thousands of years later, and the Arabian is still a prized breed among others, and has a big slice of both the recreational and racing cake. While other breeds have since taken over as the kings of the racetrack, the Arabian has nonetheless retained its popularity, and it’s not uncommon to come across them at stud farms, especially in the Middle East. They’ve been featured in films, novels, television, bingo for real money, and much more.

These are some truly interesting facts about the Arabian.

  • Historians believe the breed is around 5000 years old, and the very first to be domesticated.
  • They were first bred by the Bedouin, a desert tribe that resided around the Arabian Peninsula. The tribe mainly used them as war horses, which gave them dominance of the surrounding land.
  • All Arabians have black skin underneath their coats, except underneath white hair. The black skin would help with the harsh desert sun.
  • The most common coat for an Arabian is bay, but others like chestnut, grey, roan, and black are possible.
  • A pure bred Arabian horse has a different skeletal structure to most other breeds. For example, an Arabian tends to have 17 pairs of ribs, while others only have 16. They also have one more vertebrae: 7, while most other breeds have 6.
  • The Arabian is an average height of 14.1 to 15.1 hands, and the average weight is 385 kg to 453 kg.
  •  While many believe that the Arabian is a wild and high-spirited breed, they are, in fact, an ideal horse for the family given their friendly demeanour and calm temperament.

Some Interesting Facts About Horses In General

  • Horses are incredibly sensitive to touch. Most horses can feel if a fly has landed anywhere on their body.
  • The position of a horse’s eyes on its head give it the ability to see in every direction except directly in front of them. This is why some workhorses have coverings over their eyes, allowing them to only look toward the front and not become spooked by anything around them.
  • A horse has exceptionally sensitive ears that can rotate a full 180 degrees, allowing them to detect sound in any direction. The position of their ears can also be an indication of how the horse is feeling.

  • Horses, on average, can see, smell, and hear better than a normal human.
  • A horse’s heart beats on average 42 to 46 times a minute, which can rise to over 250 a minute if frightened or racing.

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