QUOTE (stuart @ Mar 2 2012, 12:13 AM)
Qouting Hansi......."The Desertbred, the Asil, regardless of what label it is given,. is a very intelligent, sensitive and curious individual.
Gets borred so easy, even in training, unless being taught every day something new. I guess this is why many love going on trails, outings, etc. Always something new to see and hear, eh."
On the above.... I can only happily agree.
Nadj al Nur Posted Today, 11:29 PM
Somehow, I don't think you can separate the romance of the Arabian horse from the horse itself..The romance of this particular breed of horse is PART of the reality. It's long history is part of the romance. It's beauty is part of the romance. It's extraordinary ability to bond with humans, and work together as a full partner, is part of it's romance. It's innately gentle and yet highly spirited nature is part of the romance.If you try to separate those things from the Arabian horse, you are losing a great part of what he is, whether it is in the breeding shed, or outside of it.
The above is the main part of what keeps many of us wholeheartedly clinched to the breed.........and may be one of the reasons for folks primary interest.
What is the way forward though? To promote this breed into 2013 and far beyond?
We already know that Halter showing is the main recognition for the breed....... Why? How has every other strength become drowned and lost?
I am curious as to how the Arabian is now known in the 2000's as an in-hand exibit primarily...... rather than for any other reason i.e Distance/Endurance - I cannot believe it is solely due to Dollar/Pound/Euro advantage. My suggestion is that is more due to the enthusiastic 1 or 2 horse owner/producer/breeder having given up trying to find a "voice" anymore!!
The main interest for any Arabian Horse loyalist should be, to encourage the guardians of the Arab in todays world to find their voice in writing and, show the rest of us the way forward.........or remind us what may have been forgotten as a primary objective!
If all the horses are gone in 50 years........ it really will not matter who their mother was - let alone their father ....... or what strain they did or did not carry
............because Arabians in Asil or any other form will follow the Dodo through rhetoric and no action
I wish I could write as elequantly as you do, but realize that you understand what I am trying to convey.
I have seen with our smaller breeders horses with such excellent fundament, great substance, flying machines.
I have seen some of these with our large breeders too, except they were only shown at halter. Each one of these one wantsto put a saddle on and ride through the winde blue yanders, so to speak.
As a rider, when I see a good horse, with excellen movevent and that gentle eye, fire burning within, I pray it be given half a chance. I look ino their brains (please dont laugh now as I can feel what they are thinking) just wanting to bust out and run and run and run some more. Its like a child, wanting to play, but attached to mother's hand.
Its not only all that, what I fear is how one can truly judge a horse without testing under saddle, how one can decide what to breed to what and truly help preserving. Our large breeders of the past all tested their horses, and mated them accordingly.
As far as romance is concerned, no problem, but at the end performance counts. I dont hink that Arabians in the very past were bought because of romance, they were bought and bred to go to battle, do other work and sustain their owners.
I think of the great "Maidan" a desert bred who did the steeple chase in England against TBs at age 20, and again at age 25 a three miler. I think of Dwarka, Alfragan, Shahzada, Robin, Belka, Fedaan, Sainfoin, Kimaree, Outlaw, Maid of the Moot, Shwaima ,Ramia , etvc.etc. and of course "Astraled" who walked from Oregon to New Hampshire in 21 days at age 22 in 1922 while his daughter Ramla winning here the 310 mile race. and then walk/run all he way back. Many of the above horses are recorded in the English records.
These are the Arab horses who guide me. It took many centuries to build, can we alow to have it destroyed in a decade or two? I truly feel that we must constantly remind of facts, not fictions or romance alone, and try our best to maintain HONOR for the Arabian Horses.