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2013-03-01
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Wild Breeze

YOU, ARISING FROM THE PAST
BREEZES FROM THE PAST
BREEZES FROM ETERNITIY
FROM THE ANCIENT TILL THE END OF TIMES
WOVEN OUT OF THE SOUTHERN WIND

And God took a handful of Southern wind and out of it he formed a horse, saying:
»I create thee, oh Arabian. To thy forelock, I bind victory in battle.
On thy back, I set rich spoil And a Treasure in thy loins.
I establish thee as one of the Glories of the Earth…
I give thee flight without wings.«
- from ancient Bedouin Legend

The pure bred Arab horse has in the past inspired fanatical passion to the extent of religious fervour, and is today revered in stud farms which are veritable temples to the breed.

There are many myths and theories concerning the origins of the Arabian horse. The traditional legends, including the Bedouin legend above, have surrounded the Arabian's roots in mystery.

Another ancient story says:
»In the beginning, God gave Ishmael, son of Abraham, a gift, made of mist and dust, as a reward for Ishmael's faith and dedication to the God of his father. Out of the mist and dust came the first Asil Arabian mare, who was at that time in foal and produced a son. From these two gifts from God came the beginning of the Asil (pure) Arabian horse. – Whitman Legend and Reality of Blue Star Arabians

The exact origins of the breed are thus unknown, but its evolution is certainly linked to the specific conditions of life in which it was reared: in the semi desert regions of the Middle East where no horse could live without man’s help. The nomads always lived side by side with their mounts. Proud of their horses, they bred them for their beauty, intelligence and their qualities of resistance. The Arabian horse was considered a gift from God and treated as such by the Bedouin society.

For the first hundred sunsets of their lives, they were fed on camel’s milk. For the next hundred, they were permitted a few handfuls of wheat, which were mixed in with the milk. After that period had elapsed, the horse was permitted to graze in the soft grasses near the master's tent. The horse ate barley and drank camel’s milk in the evenings, like the other members of the family.<

This is how 400 houndred years before the first pyramid was built, the wild animal was tamed, so almost civilized, that it acquired characteristics, which fathers seek in their sons: loyalty, thoughtfulness, and steadfastness. The Arabian also has, and this is a rare characteristic in an animal, the wish to please and is willing to risk his own life for the master.

"There are only a few situations in a man’s life in which losses of this nature are felt most keenly and this was one of them. It was not grief, but it was something very nearly approaching to it and though I felt ashamed of the degrees of derangement I suffered from, yet it was several days before I could get over the loss. Let it, however, be remembered that the poor animal had been my support and comfort, nay I may say companion through many dreary days and nights. It had endured both hunger and thirst in my service and was so docile that he would stand still for hours in the desert while I slept between his legs, his body affording the only shelter that could be obtained from the powerful influence of the noonday sun. He was the fleetest of the fleet and ever foremost in the chase."

This is what Major Dixon Denham, an explorer and officer in the British army, who traveled from Tripoli, Libya across the Sahara desert in the winter of 1823, wrote about his Arabian stallion who died somewhere south of the equator.

Through centuries Arabian horse served and still is serving as an example of power and bravery.

The Arab's intrinsic beauty and finesses - its mobile head and straight nose; the ears that are small and delicately curved; large, shining eyes, which look made up and roll like enormous marbles but their look can also be as gentle as a blink of a girl; immense flaring nostrils that prevent it from running out of breath at full gallop; its elongated neck; enormous, rippling, velvet muscles and tail carried high – provide it with a look of natural elegance. So the horse is a symbol of equine beauty. It is extremely full of temperament, bold, strong, modest, highly intelligent, lively, loyal, of noble appearance, it posesses exceptionally developed hearing and orientation skills as well as strong, thin bones and a big heart. All these characteristics make him so mythologically endurable and unique.

Most importantly, its amazing genetic ability to transfer its characteristics to its descendants makes it a prince among horses which can serve with dignity as a military horse or just as an example of grace, power, mystique, fearlessness and loyality under the soft painter’s brush.

The passion inspired by the pure bred Arab horse is better understood today. Still used constantly to improve other breeds the Arab horse is bred for three purposes: racing restricted to the breed; as a saddle horse (particularly for endurance riding, in which he excels); and thirdly, the sheer pleasure of maintaining famous bloodlines. Many owners, particularly in the homeland of the Arab horse, in the United States and again in Poland, shelter rare pearls in sumptuous studs. The king of Morocco, for instance, built his Bouznika stud at enormous cost simply in order to shelter these pure bred sons of the desert of an almost sacred breed.

Wide open eyes of these remarkable creatures reveal their courage and intelligence and willingness to give their hearts and souls to the people who love them.
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