On Ara­bi­ans in Amer­ica

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

Thank you for “Ara­bian Horses Come to Amer­ica” (Con­for­ma­tion In­sights, EQUUS 442), by Deb Ben­nett, PhD. I es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated her his­tor­i­cal note on the ac­tual ori­gins of the Thor­ough­bred foun­da­tion sires---many are prob­a­bly un­aware of this in­for­ma­tion. This ar­ti­cle helps us ap­pre­ci­ate that the his­tory of any breed is a dif­fi­cult and com­plex is­sue. Jane Du­ran Goleta, Cal­i­for­nia

I cringed as I read about the cur­rent trend of breed­ing Ara­bian horses pri­mar­ily for looks rather than based on the tra­di­tional Be­douin cri­te­ria of tem­per­a­ment, character, sound­ness, ath­leti­cism and con­for­ma­tion.

I was re­minded of the words of a rancher, when I told him I was con­sid­er­ing buy­ing ei­ther a colt from his ranch herd or another of a popular “color” breed. He told me, “I don’t care if you buy my horse, but stay away from that other kind. Horses like the one I have are bred to work; that other kind is bred be­cause they’re pretty.”

Pe­rus­ing the breed mag­a­zine for the “other” horse vin­di­cated his ad­vice. One ar­ti­cle in par­tic­u­lar was about “sav­ing” a stal­lion with very bad feet---an un­sound an­i­mal who prob­a­bly shouldn’t be used for breed­ing---“be­cause he threw good color and made such beau­ti­ful ba­bies.”

I bought the rancher’s horse, and he is sound, strong, brave and level-headed. I’ll never pur­chase any breed whose main cri­te­ria for se­lec­tion is color or “looks.” If I were buy­ing an Ara­bian, I would seek out an Arab “bi­a­ban” horse and avoid the “khi­a­ban” type common in the West. Jef­frey Co­ley Wal­nut Cove, North Carolina

I was dis­ap­pointed the ar­ti­cle didn’t in­clude more about the in­cred­i­ble Ara­bian horse Witez II. And Miles to Go, by Linell Smith, tells the story of Gen­eral Pat­ton’s in­volve­ment with get­ting Witez II through en­emy lines and back here to the United States. I owned a Witez II mare, and she was fab­u­lous. I wrote a book about her called Star’s Mir­a­cles and More. Rose­mary Gustafson Fern­dale, Wash­ing­ton

I just wanted to say I love the con­for­ma­tion and breed ar­ti­cles writ­ten by Deb Ben­nett, PhD. I look for­ward to read­ing them ev­ery month. Dr. Ben­nett’s style of writ­ing makes po­ten­tially con­fus­ing in­for­ma­tion easy to un­der­stand with­out “dumb­ing” it down. I have gained so much knowl­edge from read­ing her se­ries. Ju­lia Zatezalo New Cum­ber­land, West Vir­ginia

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