The Arab Horse

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Doubleday, Page & Company, 1906 - Arabian horse - 104 pages
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Page 63 - ... that we were at Mohammed Dukhi's tent. The mare is so much more remarkable than the man, that I must describe her first. She is a dark bay, standing fifteen hands or over. Her head, the first point an Arab looks to, is a good one, though I have seen finer, but it is perfectly set on, and the mitbakh, or join of the head and neck, would give distinction to any profile. Her neck is light and well arched, the wither high, the shoulder well sloped, and the quarter so fine and powerful that it is...
Page xv - MORLAND (T. HORNBY). The Genealogy of the English Race Horse; With the Natural History of his Progenitors, from the earliest Times down to the period when Foreign Blood was first introduced into this Kingdom.
Page 13 - Lcger, was the son of a mare descended through sire and dam in direct male descent from the Darley Arabian. In itself I cannot help considering the line from the Godolphin Arab or Barb a very poor one, and, like that from the Byerly Turk, it really owes what celebrity it may have, and its continuance, to the infusions of blood it has received from the descendants of the Darley Arabian. It is worthy of remark, although not extraordinary, that almost in proportion to the amount of Darley Arabian blood...
Page 137 - Upton states2 that bay is the most general colour of the Anazah horses, and that it is the favourite colour among the Arabs (Fig. 58). "Horses of a very rich dark bay rather than a brown colour are not uncommon. Chestnuts and greys are less numerous, and together would not equal the number of those of a bay colour.
Page 135 - ... can assure my readers that it is not by any means impossible to obtain a genuine Arabian mare. We visited the most exclusive of all Badaween tribes, and never heard of such a law. If any law did exist, it would be against selling, not exporting ; but we never heard of such a thing in the desert. I assure my readers that among the genuine Badaween of the Arabian desert we found no prejudice against parting with or selling a mare. Difficulty there is certainly to induce such people as the Anazah...
Page 53 - Kehilan-Ajiiz breed, the fastest, the stoutest, and the most English-looking of them all. When purchased, she was in very poor condition, having just gone through the severe training of a campaign. She was bred by the Gomussa, the most notable of the horse-breeding tribes, had passed from them to the Roala, and had now been captured, and ridden some two hundred miles in hot haste for sale to Aleppo.
Page 53 - She was a five-year-old mare — a bay, with black points. We never met anything in our travels which could compete with her over a distance, and she has often run down foxes, and even hares, without assistance, carrying thirteen stone on her back.
Page 42 - It is related that a certain Sheik was flying from an enemy, mounted on his favourite mare. Arab warriors trust themselves only to mares, they will not ride a stallion in war. The said mare was at the time far along toward parturition; indeed she became a mother when the fleeing horseman stopped for rest at noonday, the newcomer being a filly.
Page 53 - ... are qualities that may always be reckoned on in buying an Arab horse, no matter what his looks or what his pedigree ; but speed is exceptional, and confined to the best strains of blood. Hagar, as we called her, was of the Kehilan-Ajuz breed, the fastest, the stoutest, and the most English-looking of them all.

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