Acquired: Horse's previous owner
Virginia, United States
Posted Aug 19, 2012
Arabian Horses are well known as a Creature of Beauty, largely because it has a facial structure which sets it apart from other horses of its size. They have a great physical build which also gives the breed some remarkable advantages as well. The Arabian has a refined, chiseled head that is sort of shaped like a wedge. It's face is very powerful with a broad forehead, large penetrating eyes, and large flaring nostrils. They just look confident and proud, and you usually do too when you are riding one. Even their lips are strikingly thin, the jaw is more slender, too, and its ears are smaller. They have a slight bulge between the eyes called the Jibbah. This might be considered a defect to the non-horseperson, but it actually gives them more room in the sinus cavity which aids in the ability to run long distances. Their large neck and refined throat latch also have helped them to be known as the horse to run long distances. Arabians are fun to ride just about anywhere. Those with wider more muscled hindquarters are great for intense riding that requires bursts of energy, like reining. The Arabians with leaner muscles are best suited for endurance riding or racing. They average 14 to 15 hands in height, and can have striped or starred faces, with white feet or stockings. Arabians are a very distinctive breed.