Horses are of the most elegant of animals and were once one of the most useful animals for humans. Horse riding used to be an important skill, whether it was for transportation or for war. Nowadays horse riding isn’t as important as it was in the past. But it still exists as a great and fun sport. Arabian horses are arguably the best breed of horses. Here are some interesting facts about them:
- The Arabian breed is over 5,000 years old and is known as the oldest breed and the first domesticated breed of horse.
- Arabian horses were originally bred in the Middle East. The Arabian horse is the oldest purebred horse in the world. The Arabian was the horse the Bedouin people (nomadic people) of Arabia as early as 3000 to 2500 BC. They were later introduced into Europe and throughout the world.
- Arabian horses were bred by the Bedouins, a desert tribe in the Arabian Peninsula. This tribe used them as war horses due to their large lung capacity and incredible endurance and their ability to travel long distances in harsh desert conditions.
- All Arabian horses have black skin underneath their coats, except underneath any white hair. When these horses lived in the desert, the black skin would help to protect them from the hot sun.
- The most common coat color of Arabian horeses is bay. You will also see many chestnuts, grey, blacks and roans.
- The skeleton of a pure Arabian horse is different from that of other horse breeds. An Arabian horse has 17 pairs of ribs, instead of 18 and 5 vertebrae instead of 6.