ANCESTRAL STALLIONS AND MARES
Szandtner: Measurements: 156/169/20
Good size and strength, long neck, not as long-backed as Shahloul.
Height 15 hands compared to average size of 14.2; not as good a head
as Shahloul; not very hight tail carriage; very good in racing, He
bred true and produced much better foals bred to Moniet El Nefous
Marsafi's comments above is questionable when one considers Bint
Moniet El Nefous, Maya, Fakher El Din, who were comparable in quality
and better conformed than those by Sid Abouhom; however, he may not
have considered them as influential as breeding stock. We found Sid
Abouhom to be a handsome very aristocratic horse even though he was
in an emaciated state when we saw him just before he died. What impressed
us most were his big dark expressive eyes
in a handsome classic head with finely chiseled small ears, as well
as his fine dry bone, prominent withers and extreme depth and layback
of shoulder. He appeared well-balanced even though gaunt. He was more
"forehand" and a bit light in the rear (perhaps appearing
that way due to age) with tendency to a lower croup, which most of
his get had in comparison to those by Nazeer. Sid Abouhom's dam, Layla,
was also a maternal half-sister to Sheikh El Arab (x Bint Sabah),
another point most likely considered by the General in selecting him.
Szandtner: (quoted from his friend Laslo Monostory in Arabian
Horse World, June 1980):
More elegant than Nazeer; Nazeer's head was more feminine. Sheikh
El Arab had the spirit of a stallion. Height 14.3 compared to the
average height of 14.2 at that time. Nazeer's head was smaller than
Sheikh El Arab's, but Sheikh El Arab had more width between the eyes.
Nazeer had shorter ears. Sheikh El Arab had more arch in the neck
than either Shahloul or Nazeer. His neck was in harmony with his body;
he had good sound legs, level croup, very good tail carriage.
Zaher: Wonderful horse and excellent type. Very good bones, a bit rectangular in shape, but excellent characteristics.
Szandtner: (quoted from his friend Laslo Monostory in Arabian
Horse World, June 1980): An excellent former race horse. Grey, with
good bone structure, long lines, but not too typey, therefore Szandtner
gave him only a few mares. He did not consider him a premier stallion.
Balance was an old stallion, born in 1927, and Szandtner kept him
in the stud farm."
Nice neck, good bones and back, but a poor head, though he sired good
heads - generally. A horse of good stamina. Most photos of Balance
were made when he was in racing trim.
Balance inherited some of the plainness of the head from his sire,
Ibn Samhan, which he passed on with regularity to his get. He sired
great race horses, and himself was of racy build and a track record
holder for the mile. His daughters, however, particularly Zaafarane
and Nefisa, produced some exquisite offspring.
Szandtner: Grey. Noble, very noble head, lively big eyes, ears
well proportioned and well set on. Somewhat short in the neck, good
withers, somewaht forward stretching back, good loins, good croup,
high set tail, sufficiently wide and deep, somewhat tied in, small
degree sickle-hocked, left front to a small degree toes in; gaits
and posture good.
This evaluation was made when he was a foal. Further comments
as he matured are noted in Chapter IV, and his life is chronicled
in the book, "Ansata Ibn Halima, The Gift".
Forbis: A very charismatic mare at maturity and outstanding performer. See chapter VI. One of the mares that helped popularize Egyptian Arabian horses in America.
Szandtner: Measurements: 156/170/18.
Structurally better than Shahloul but not as good a head. Height about
One of the most splendid and classic Arabians we had the pleasure
to see. Beautiful head, well-balanced, prideful carriage, iridescent
copper coat; a magnificent specimen of the breed. A good broodmare
At maturity very much the same as the early evaluation with pretty
head. A very strong mare with good size, much prettier and better
conformed than her dam.
von Szandtner: Measurements: 156/169/19 Grey. Noble, noble head, large eyes, weil set ears, weil set on neck; good withers, very forward stretching soft back, good loins, good croup with high set tail, moderately strong in the heart area, somewhat drawn up stomach, sufficiently wide, in front a little tied in under the knee and just a little calf-kneed, very strongly sickle-hocked and cow-hocked, good movements.
Marsafi: Shahloul had an elegant head, deep iowl with prominent cheek muscles and good dish, long neck nicely arched; right front leg toed out; comparatively long back, level croup and very high tail carriage, very spirited - the favorite stallion of the royal family, he was very intelligent and calm under saddle (the only time he could be given injections).
Zaher: Best eyes, head and neck which was very arched and lovely; thin skin; rather weak legs.
Forbis: A handsome bright red chestnut stallion of noble bearing, attractive head of medium length, rather high-placed medium eyes set in boney sockets, weil set and well,shaped ears, well-shaped nicely arched rather heavy long-enough neck, good withers, somewhat long back which tended to softness.
von Szandtner: Chestnut. Measurements: 156/ 173/18. Extremely noble. Very noble head, large lively eyes, well set on neck, good withers, good back, good loins, the croup just a little hit high, nicely high set tail, correct front feet, moderately cow-hocked, sufficiently wide and deep, correct posture, very good outstretching gait.
One of the most exquisite mares of her time. She was von Szandtner's
favorite mare. Her head was exceptionally refined with a tea-cup muzzle.
Structurally she was fine-boned and a bit light in the hindquarters
as an aged mare. Her story can be found in Authentic Arabian Bloodstock.
Szandtner: Chestnut. Very noble, noble head, big lively eyes,
well-set and proportioned ears, well-set neck, good withers, good
back, sufficient loins, good croup, middle high set tail, adequately
wide and deep, good foundation, somewhat tied in, somewhat sickle
hocked, front leg slightly turned out, good movement.
Forbis: At maturity extremely beautiful head, neck a bit cut in in front of withers, long hip but somewhat rafter-hipped. The prettiest head of the three full sisters but poorest conformation.
Chestnut. Noble, rather noble head, rather well-set neck, good withers,
good back, loins, croup, tail set on medium high, moderately wide
but deep, a bit tied in below the knee, a bit cut in below the hock,
cow hocks, good posture, good gaits.
At maturity, head not as beautiful as Mona, but much better than
Noble, noble head, lively eyes, well-set ears, well-set neck, good
withers, good back, adequate loins, good croup, tail set on high,
wide and deep, tied in sickle hocks, correct posture, very good movement.
At maturity rather plain head and somewhat small eyes, good bodied,
Grey. Noble, very noble, small head, lively very big eyes, well-set
on ears, well-set on neck, good withers, slightly forward stretching
back, good loins, beautiful straight croup, high set on tail, wide
and deep, slightly tied in, moderately sickle hocked, posture and
gaits are correct.
At maturity she remained true to this evaluation - but with added
pride, carriage and a unique character.
von Szandtner: Grey. Very noble, noble head, extremely lively big eyes, well set on ears, well set on neck, good withers, back, loins and croup, high set tail, adequately wide and deep, tied in, slightly sickle-hocked, bone spavin, quite a bit toes turned out. Good movement. It remains in the stud as a future breeding stallion!
Forbis: Much has been written about this stallion; he was unique and of special quality - a true Saklawi in type and spirit. His head has never been duplicated as of this writing - and probably will remain unique in Arabian annals. (For his story refer to Authentic Arabian Bloodstock.)
The author noted no reference in von Szandtner's herdbooks but Sameh,
like Antar, was chosen by him from the Inshass Herd for retention
by the R.A.S./ E.A.O. A handsome masculine-type grey stallion of noble
bearing, he had an attractive head of medium length, rather average
eyes, well set and well-shaped ears, well set on and Iong enough but
slightly heavy neck, good withers, good topline, good croup and hip,
and high-set well carried tail. He was wide and deep, had good legs,
front slightly toed in, and hocks stood out slightly behind. His legs
were extremely fine-boned for the substance of his body. A well-balanced
horse overall, he had good gaits and sired excellent performance as
well as halter horses. He was especially good at correcting faulty
toplines which many of the E.A.0. mares had. He was a sire of superior
mares, many of whom became champions and U.S. National winners in
America, including the beloved U.S. National Champion Mare, Serenity
Sonbolah. He was a favorite stallion of many American visitors to
Szandtner: Measurements: 152/164/19. Light white horse, very noble,
very noble head, extremely big expressive eyes, well set lively ears,
well set on sufficiently long neck, good withers, moderately soft
back, good loins, nice croup with high set tail, moderately wide and
deep, left front foot a little turned out, sickle-hocked, good movements.
von Szandtner: Chestnut. Very noble, noble head, not big but lively eyes, very well set ears, good neck, withers, loins, croup, tail set on middle-high, adequately wide and deep, a bit tied in below the knee, cut in below the hock, movement and posture are regular. Good gaits. Remains a breeding stallion.
Forbis: A tall horse at maturity, very elegant and refined, beautiful head but not large enough eyes, which he tended to transmit. Good length of neck and well shaped. He was well-balanced but tied in at the elbows, narrow in front, had rather small but good dark hooves and he had a disturbing way of walking when viewed from behind, traits which he tended to pass on, especially if inbred.
von Szandtner: 1955 Bay. Noble, noble head, lively big eyes, well set on but somewhat large ears, well set on neck, rather good withers; only slightly forward stretching back, good loins, high set on tail, wide and deep, light foundation (bones), somewhat sicklehocked, posture is correct, good movement.
As a mature horse he was plain-headed, although he had beautiful big
dark expressive eyes. He was somewhat straight shouldered, short in
croup, narrow in stifle like his dam, and tended to carry his tail
to the side. He was trained successfully for dressage at Pritzlaff's
ranch by Col. Handler, then Director of the Spanish Riding School.