The Arabian Horse by Albert W Harris


by Albert W Harris

From the U.S. Remount Magazine, “The Horse” - July-August, 1944

Before saying anything on this subject I wish to say a few words about horses in general. It is customary in discussing any particular breed of horse to admit first the desirable qualities in all other breeds. It is not merely to be in proper form, but because of the influence of the blood of the Arabian on all our light-horse breeds, and probably some of the draft breeds, that this preliminary statement is desirable.

Having had more or less experience with all of them, having worked, driven, and ridden, as well as raised, trained, and even raced them, I know how well these various breeds fit into the picture and how many wonderful individuals there are in all of them. Then there are the grades and the mongrel horses, many of which have well deserved fame. Each of us, no doubt, at one time or another has owned the best horse that ever looked through a bridle. I once owned a better one. Without taking time to prove it, I will simply admit it. He was “said to be” by a Kentucky Saddle stallion out of a Standard Bred pacing mare. I was very fond and proud of him.

If we could trace the ancestry of these wonderful horses back far enough, we would find their ancestral tree rooted in Arabian blood. In this connection I will quote what General J. M. Dickinson has to say, and he has made it a study.

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