Breed Profiles - Arab horse

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Find out all about the Arab horse, including typical height, colours, conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breed Profiles - Arab horse
Breed Profiles - Arabian

Arabian horse breed summary:

Origin - Arabian peninsular
Height - Between 14.1hh and 15.1hh
Colour - Bay, chestnut, grey and black
Conformation - Distinctive wedge shaped head with large eyes and nostrils, short arched neck and high tail carriage, strong legs and hooves and a greater bone density than most other breeds
Ideal disciplines - Endurance, showing, racing, western riding

The Arab or Arabian horse is one of the world’s oldest breeds of horses, with evidence that they have existed for over 4,500 years. Originating on the Arabian peninsular, they have been bred to cope with the harsh desert climate. The Arab has been used throughout history to help improve the bloodlines of many other breeds of horses.


The Arab has a very distinctive wedge shaped head with large eyes and nostrils. They have a short arched neck and a high tail carriage. Their legs and hooves are extremely strong, making them ideal for long distance or endurance riding. They have a greater bone density than most other breeds, allowing them to carry weight not normally managed by a horse of their size. Even a smaller adult Arabian can carry a largish adult rider. Arabs tend to be between 14.1 and 15.1 hands. Arabs can be bay, chestnut, grey and black.


Arabs are renowned for the extremely strong bonds they tend to develop with their owners. They are highly intelligent and enjoy learning. They are sometimes described as hot blooded and enjoy speed, much like the thoroughbred horse. They are known for their strength and stamina, which is why many part bred Arabs are used in top level eventing.


Arabs are ideal for the following disciplines:

• Endurance

• Showing

• Racing

• Western riding

To find out more about the Arab horse visit the Arab Horse Society.

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