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My passion for the beauty, history and mystique of
Straight Egyptian Arabians--transformed into your reality.

 Straight Egyptian Arabian Horse Consultant

  
   Why Egyptian Arabians?
 
What Is An Egyptian Arabian Horse?
 
The early existence of a very particular kind of horse, unlike any breed known in other parts of the world, is well documented in the sculptures, carvings and drawings of ancient Egypt. Images of an exalted equine, presenting a powerfully curved body, graceful arching neck, high held plumed tail and exceptionally refined head are prominently depicted on the walls of royal Egyptian tombs. His presence is explicit throughout the art of ancient Egypt -- carved into the finest details her majestic architecture and artifacts. Since time immemorial, this horse has been presented as an icon of strength, courage, power and goodness.  Beloved and desired for his legendary beauty, intelligence, high spirit and extraordinary aptitude, the Egyptian Arabian has always been a horse of noble countenance. He did not evolve as a pack animal or a work horse; he was never intended to plow fields or pull heavy equipment. His heritage is that of a courageous warrior and a proud racer. Known as the “Maker of Kings” to the Pharaohs, the pure bred Arabian horse also carried such historic figures as Genghis Khan, Alexander The Great, Napoleon and George Washington to victorious glory. Throughout the centuries, he has been inspiration for poets and artists alike; he has been the devoted companion to countless human beings and the answer to the dreams of untold children.
 
The Straight Egyptian Arabian horse (as defined by the Pyramid Society) can be traced in all lines of its ancestry exclusively to the Bedouin horse breeding tribes of the Arabian Peninsula, thence, to Egypt.
The founder of all light breeds of horses, the pure desert bred Arabian has also contributed enormously to the development of just about every modern breed. However, it is now recognized that prior to the formation of modern registries (and the advent of blood typing and DNA testing), the blood of indigenous horses of many countries was combined in some measure with that of the original desert bred Arabian. The descendants of such horses were registered as purebred Arabians and have bred on for many generations. In fact, today the admixture of non-Arabian blood exists in approximately 96% of the population of purebred Arabian horses in existence worldwide.  Only approximately 4% can be traced exclusively, in all lines of their pedigrees, to those horses originally bred by the nomadic Bedouin tribes of the Arabian Peninsula for thousands of years. These horses have been identified and qualified as “Asil” (or pure of blood) by the Asil Club in Europe, and by Al Khamsa in North America. Within the worldwide population of registered purebred Arabians, only approximately 2% are Straight Egyptian, as well as Asil.
 
Straight Egyptians -- A Glorious Obsession:
 
I love Arabian horses, all kinds of Arabian horses, but I recognize the fact that the singular most concentrated genetic resource for the full and authentic character of the ORIGINAL Arabian horse, is the Asil Arabian. Within this rare group of horses, my personal favorite is the Straight Egyptian, which has a highly distinguished style and type of its very own. In the course of my studies, I have become convinced that during the Ottoman Rule, the royal breeders of Egypt (who were Turks by blood) looked to the ancient art of the Pharaonic period (3,000 B.C. – 395 A.D.) for inspiration. Perhaps aspiring to the exalted status of the Pharaohs themselves, they studied the images of the fabulous horses of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia -- beautiful and aristocratic chargers; chariot horses adorned in exotic headstalls and gleaming armor. They were of unequalled beauty; boasting exotic dished profiles, fine, triangular shaped heads, small muzzles -- and especially large eyes, set relatively low in the profile. It's interesting to note that an equine skeleton, found buried in the Sinai Peninsula (dating back to 1700 B.C.) exhibits these very same physical traits. He is believed to be an early example of the Ancient Egyptian horse, brought to the region by the Hykos invaders.  I believe that this breed of horse is the prototype for the modern Egyptian Arabian horse -- that the Ottoman Rulers of Egypt, beginning with Mohamed Ali the Great and extending down through the royal breeders of the 19th and early 20th centuries, intended to recreate the horses of the Pharaohs, utilizing the stock of the Bedouin breeder of the Arabian Peninsula…and they succeeded.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The unique character of a horse lies in the nature of his very specific heritage -- and the Asil Arabian has been selectively bred exclusively within a closed genepool for many centuries. Why is this important? Scientific study indicates that every cell in the body has a memory of sorts; a collection of inherent “instincts” which are transmitted along with the DNA material of preceding generations. While it was the environment of a rugged desert existence combined with their exceptionally bonding with human beings which honed the character of the Bedouin bred horse, it is not necessarily true that such character will be lost in modern breeding, outside of the original environment. As clearly demonstrated in studies of closely bred canine breeds, animals who have been subject to very tight breeding over countless generations have inherited the exclusive “memories” traits, and/or instincts imbedded through their all of their ancestral experiences. For this reason, purebred dogs can still be described according to the known characteristic traits of their breed...regardless of where they, or their parents or grandparents, were born and raised. When breeds of dogs are mixed, however, their natures are not nearly so predictable -- it is, to a large extent, the luck of the genetic draw. 
 
For me, the Straight Egyptian horse stands alone as a plenary, brilliant, constellation. Exemplifying the unrivaled beauty and resplendence of the Ancient Egyptian horse, it has maintained, through the ages, the unique character of the Bedouin bred horse of the Arabian Desert. While they represent only a tiny fraction of the entire population of registered purebred Arabians worldwide, there are Straight Egyptian Arabians in existence on this planet today, which would make the Pharaohs weep with envy. This is the horse on which I chose to focus my studies for the past twenty five years -- the horse that I chose to own and breed. I know this horse; I know his patented heritage and his remarkable history. I understand his genetic gifts, and I recognize the ancestral sources for his traits. Above all others, this is the horse that makes my heart soar; the subject of my craving, the nexus of my artistic and academic passions -- the horse that I wish to delight in, to reflect upon, to study and to write about for the remainder of my lifetime. For me, there is no equivalent and there can be no compromise...
  
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