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Arabians are one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world. People love Arabians because they are kind, loyal, and super fast. The first breeders of these beautiful horses were the nomadic Bedouin people of Arabia.
The Bedouins roamed in the vast deserts. They depended on their horses to survive. In the desert you often have to go a long time without water. The Bedouins needed horses that could travel far without getting tired. Arabians were perfect. Arabians have large lungs which help them to keep going for long periods.
Scientists have found evidence of Arabian Horses from over 4500 years ago.
Bedouins slept in tents. They bred their horses to be easy to get along with because many times their horses had to share their tents with them. The average height of an Arabian horse is 57 to 61 inches (14.3-15.1 hands) tall. The average weight is 850 to 1,000 pounds. Must have been a big tent!
Famous historical figures including Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Alexander The Great and George Washington rode Arabians.
Arabians are known for their beauty. Arabians come in grey, chestnut, bay and roan. Sometimes they come in solid black. They have big eyes, large nostrils and small muzzles. Their faces are called “dished.”
A dished face means the face goes in. Picture the inside of a dish.
Arabians are one of the most popular breeds in the United States. There are more Arabian horses in the United States than anywhere else in the world.
An Arabian horse named Cass Ole was the star of the movie The Black Stallion.