Aged Ara­bian geld­ings.

Eval­u­ate and place these 7- and 8-year-old Ara­bian geld­ings. Then see how your choices com­pare to our ex­pert judge’s.

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THE FIRST cri­te­ria when judg­ing any breed is bal­ance. It’s crit­i­cal when form to func­tion is a ma­jor cri­te­rion for meet­ing a con­for­ma­tion stan­dard. All horses, no mat­ter their in­tended use, should pos­sess equal and even parts: neck and shoul­der, back, and croup and tail.

Ara­bi­ans have par­tic­u­lar breed stan­dards that set them apart from other breeds. In a class of Ara­bian horses, Ara­bian type must be con­sid­ered. The most dis­tinc­tive Ara­bian char­ac­ter­is­tics that set them apart and dis­tin­guish them from other breeds are very large eyes, the dished face, tiny ears that tip to­ward each other, a rel­a­tively flat croup, and a high tail set. Other de­sired traits in­clude a nice high wither, a long and fine neck, long and slop­ing shoul­ders and pasterns, short can­non bones, and long fore­arms with nice flat bone. I base my fi­nal de­ci­sion to break any ties by ex­am­in­ing the Ara­bian char­ac­ter­is­tics.

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