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Um - before anyone not familiar with Raswan aka Carl Schmidt starts thinking he is some kind of superhero, I suggest they read Mary Jane Parkinson's "Kellogg Ranch - the first 50 years".
For those who can't access a copy, here's the story in brief:
Schmidt came to England as WK Kellogg's agent to buy horses from Lady Wentworth. He misrepresented himself to Lady W, something she only realised later after corresponding with Kellogg. Lady W certainly gave the horse Raswan to Schmidt, but the horse was last transferred into Kellogg's ownership. After falling out with Kellogg, Schmidt decided to take Raswan and some other horses away from the Kellogg Ranch - without informing anyone of his intention. He took Raswan first and left the horse tied to a fence while we went back to fetch further animals. Evidently, he didn't tie the horse safely, as Raswan broke away and ran into the path of a horse-drawn hay mower, sustaining a terrible leg injury from the blades. The Kellogg Ranch staff took the horse back to the ranch and did eveerything they could to save him, but after considerable suffering, Raswan had to be put down. Kellogg then took Schmidt to court for his actions - and won.
Thus, Carl Schmidt was the sole cause of a completely avoidable accident that resulted in the terrible suffering and untimely death of the horse he 'loved so much'.
It should also be realised that Schmidt only spent a few years in the desert, within a limited circle of tribes. Thus, the knowledge he gained was necessarily circumscribed, as shown by his false pronouncements on white markings and blue eyes, to give just a couple of examples.
In contrast, Lady Anne Blunt spent the majority of her adult life in Arabia and/or Egypt, devoting herself to learning as much as she could about the Arabian horse and its background from every source available to her. She had access to the documentation amassed by Abbas Pasha as well as first-hand information from many tribes AND information from the Polish travellers in Arabia. Lady Anne was the first to admit that her early writings contained inaccuracies, and strove to correct errors. Sadly, the book she was writing on the Arabian horse was never finished, due to her death in 1917, though Lady Wentworth incorporated at least some of it into 'The Authentic Arabian'.
I am no advocate for Lady W, since it is known she was not above making facts fit her view of the world, rather than vice-versa, but she was able to draw on a far more comprehensive personal experience of the Arab in its countries of origin as well as her mother's writings, so one suspects that there may be more than a little truth in her view that Schmidt/Raswan traded on the relative ignorance of American breeders at the period to enhance his own standing beyond that which his knowledge justified.