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Dr Daniel Wigger
post Sep 29 2003, 11:27 AM
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Liebes Forum,

nun hat sich Oliver schon so eine Mühe gemacht, den Artikel zu schreiben - also fange ich mal mit der Diskussion an. Hier also meine Meinung:

Ich oute mich als Nicht-Reiter, den Ägypter aus rein ästhetischen und kulturell-historischen Gründen und vielleicht einer Art tierzüchterischen Neugier heraus faszinieren. Der Erhaltungsaspekt ist mir weitaus wichtiger als die Reitbarkeit. Trotzdem MUSS die Reitbarkeit und ein dafür erforderliches Exterieur Selektionskriterium bleiben, da sie auch für den Beduinen überlebenswichtig waren. Daher begrüße ich den Vorstoß des VZAP, die Rittigkeitsprüfung mit in die Hengstbeurteilung einfließen zu lassen. Allerdings müssen wir uns fragen, ob mit der europäischen Reitweise und dem dafür geeigneten Exterieur nicht eine Selektionsrichtung eingeschlagen wurde, die dem Erhaltungsaspekt zuwiderläuft. Ein schwungvoller (Show-)Trab war sicherlich für ein Wüstenpferd eine vollkommen fremde, unangemessen energiezehrende Fortbewegungsart, die auch bei den Bodenverhältnissen (steiniges Hochland, Sandwüste) der Arabia deserta nur selten angebracht war und eben eine Winkelung und Bemuskelung eines Warmblutfundaments erfordert. Der Originalaraber, wie wir ihn aus Berichten, historischen Kunstwerken und alten Fotos her kennen, hatte aber eben ein ganz anderes Gebäude. Angepaßt an eine möglichst kraftsparende Fortbewegung über endlos lange Strecken in steinigem oder sandigen Gelände hat sich eine Fortbewegungsart entwickelt, die wie bei Wildtieren des gleichen Lebensraumes aus kurzen Galopp- und Schrittfolgen besteht. Hierzu waren ein kurzer Rücken, lange Beine und steile Gliedmaßenwinkel ideal, weil die Hinterhand schnell und ohne große Kraftübertragung sozusagen unter den Schwerpunkt pendeln konnte. Die Kruppe war kurz und gerade, weil dazu kein großer Muskelapparat mit langen Hebeln erforderlich war. Aus Gleichgewichtsgründen waren die Hälse dieser im Quadrat- oder gar Hochrechteckformat stehenden Pferde eher kurz und hoch angesetzt.

Man möge mich korrigieren, wenn ich auf dem Holzpfad wandele, aber die "Umzüchtung" des Originalarabers in einen modernen Kulturaraber mit "Reitpferdepoints" nach europäischen Wünschen begann sicher schon zu Zeiten der RAS unter dem englischen Kavallerieveterinär Dr. Branch.

Ich habe nichts dagegen, nur für mich (und vielleicht andere auch) stellt sich manchmal die Frage, WAS das Zuchtziel eigentlich sein soll. Denn zwischen den Ansprüchen moderner Reiterei und der Erhaltung des Originalarabers liegen nun einmal Welten ...
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post Oct 3 2003, 12:43 AM
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Most of the regulars on this forum will appreciate my take on the Arabian Horse. The attached image includes photos for Joe Ferriss’ article on strains. Original photos were taken by both Joe and Judith Forbis (the article can be read in a couple of magazines and on my website). The purpose of this image in this thread is to highlight these were examples of the original and perhaps first generation from the desertbred Arabians to be exported to the west. (I’m unsure of all the individual’s names)

LOOK at how far the Breed Standard has refined the thinking and breeding of the Arabian Horse! The western focus has changed the Arabian – there are at least 7 types of Arabian Horse represented here. How many other types were there? Why is there a persistence to have the Arabian Horse look almost identical?

Newer people to Breed see only the newer identical image, can’t recognise or don’t want to recognise the other types as ‘genuine’ because according to the Breed Standard (image), they are not credible – they differ from the image generated through the Breed Standard via the showring.

Each one of these horses is a capable performance horse, a requirement of their original breeders – the Bedouin. REMEMBERING, essentially, all the Bedouin needed was a horse to get them in and out of a raid. ALL of them should win first prize in a halter ring – THEY ARE ALL ARABIAN, they are Born Arabian, born to perform – one way or another. This is how it was possible for the Arabian Horse to be the progenitor of so many different Breeds with different focuses.

Focusing on particular attributes has been detrimental to the Breed as a whole. They are becoming less and less credible as a Breed in the eyes of others. To my mind, until this is realised there’s not much which can be done to ‘save’ the desert bred horse of the Bedouin. Westerners will have successfully generated the modern Arabian Horse.

On another topic – “MODERN” dressage – ouch Ralph!! Dressage is just about as ancient as the Arabian Horse, and like the Arabian it too has been bastardised for the sake of competition, promotion and financial gain, full of wannabes. Any horse completing any and all movements within Dressage is a credible performance horse. Some do it easier.
Ralph - do keep posting, it can be a joy to read your posts written with so much passion smile.gif


A final question.......... how do you teach someone to appreciate and judge each individual in this image as equals???
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- Dr Daniel Wigger   Born To Perform   Sep 29 2003, 11:27 AM
- - Babs   Habe den Artikel gerade gelesen und im Geiste viel...   Sep 29 2003, 11:32 AM
- - Steffi   Ich meine jeder soll machen was er mag. Am Ende re...   Sep 29 2003, 11:39 AM
- - Jens   Lieber Dr. Wigger, das was Sie schreiben, empfinde...   Sep 29 2003, 12:01 PM
- - Hannes   hannes Habe die Meinungen alle mir durch den Kopf ...   Sep 29 2003, 12:27 PM
- - Jürgen   das ist ein guter punkt. wer seine fohlen auf den ...   Sep 29 2003, 12:47 PM
- - corbinmk   Good article. Why wouldn't the breeders utili...   Sep 29 2003, 01:01 PM
- - Oliver   So viele Meinungen, so viele gute Argumente für je...   Sep 29 2003, 01:34 PM
- - corbinmk   Oliver, yes, you did. It stated that he was the f...   Sep 29 2003, 02:23 PM
- - hlsmaripa   Dear Oliver, Excellent article, I agree totally...   Sep 29 2003, 02:23 PM
- - HLM   good morning everybody Most interesting conversat...   Sep 29 2003, 03:06 PM
- - Guest_Sara   QUOTE (HLM @ Sep 29 2003, 04:06 PM)I was not ...   Sep 29 2003, 04:01 PM
- - Ralph   Oliver: This article is thoughtful and underscore...   Sep 29 2003, 04:21 PM
- - HLM   Ralph it is true what you are saying. I dont know...   Sep 29 2003, 04:48 PM
- - Ralph   Hansi: I have to disagree with you. The priorit...   Sep 29 2003, 05:10 PM
- - HLM   Ralph read my post again, I said "etc". absolutely...   Sep 29 2003, 07:04 PM
- - Abbasiyah   KUDOS TO OLIVER on "Born to Perform"! Oliver,...   Sep 29 2003, 08:01 PM
- - Ralph   I am having a senior moment...PLEASE STAND BY   Sep 29 2003, 08:32 PM
- - Mary M   I disagree entirely that we have to breed an "eith...   Sep 29 2003, 09:44 PM
- - Mary M   Wind N Fire   Sep 29 2003, 09:45 PM
- - Guest_Gast   Der Markt für arabische Pferde liegt ja wohl haupt...   Sep 29 2003, 10:09 PM
- - Kul Hussun al-Melik Arabians   What an article! Thank you Oliver - now if tho...   Sep 29 2003, 11:50 PM
- - An American Breeder   Hello All: First, a HUGE kudos (thanks) to Olive...   Sep 30 2003, 12:13 AM
- - HLM   good evening everybody It appears that all posts ...   Sep 30 2003, 12:45 AM
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- - Anjuli   An Oliver! Über Deine kritische Anmerkung zum ...   Sep 30 2003, 06:24 AM
- - Layla   Hallo, Sie sprechen einen sehr wichtigen Punkt an,...   Sep 30 2003, 07:09 AM
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- - Copi   Hallo, auch wir hatten letztes Jahr das gleiche. A...   Sep 30 2003, 07:30 PM
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- - HLM   Liebe Andrea I habe immer etwas gegen ein "Richte...   Oct 1 2003, 10:51 AM
- - diane   Oliver – well written! My thoughts - peer pr...   Oct 1 2003, 11:48 AM
- - HLM   Dear Diane YOu said it well. However, not all can...   Oct 1 2003, 12:26 PM
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- - HLM   Dear Oliver Where do I find the articel you wrote,...   Oct 1 2003, 12:54 PM
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