Anyone who has ever seen Arabian horses is sure to have admired their beauty, grace, and endurance. The exact origin of the breed is still unknown and causes much debate. Some people think the Arabian horse originated in Arabia. Another supposition is that the breed first appeared in ancient Egypt. Whatever the origin of the horse, the palm of breeding Arabians belongs to Arabia. This country was the center of horse breeding in the medieval. Bedouins who lived in deserts in relative isolation perfected the breed’s qualities and produced an ideal horse.
According to the legend, Al-Burak, a white winged horse with a human face carried the prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Jerusalem in no time. Then, it took Mohammed to Heaven traveling at a great speed. The place where Mohammed tied up the winged horse before going to Heaven became sacred and is now one of the most holy places for Jews. The Western Wall, otherwise called the Wailing Wall, commemorates that grandiose event.
The role of the Arabian horse in the culture of Bedouins is hard to overestimate. It shared the hardships with people and was a devoted companion in their wanderings. It will suffice to say that Bedouins never ate horsemeat or milk. When riding, they encouraged their horses by exclamations. Whipping was out of the question. Even today the Arabian horse is the golden dream of any Arabian.
Arabian Horses – At Present
Some unfavorable factors were detrimental to the population of Arabian horses in Arabia. Nowadays, Northern America is considered one of the leaders in Arabian horse production. The population size in the United States is really impressive. The country produces about half of the world’s population. The breed is very popular all over the world. It is estimated that about sixty countries have better breeding stock than that found in the breed’s original country. These countries operate for the welfare of the Arabian horse. Their efforts are regulated by the WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization). It promotes Arabian horses by maintaining the purity of the breed’s blood.