As the name implies, the origin of Arabian horses lies in the Arabian Peninsula. Among the Arabian horses, however, there are various racial groups, such as full or half-blood Arabs and Shagya- or Anglo-Arabs. These look different but share some common features. In general, Arabian horses are spirited, persistent and willing to work, but also sensitive and people-related, which makes them very popular as leisure horses. They are well suited for longer rides and distances. High temperatures and humidity are no problem for the Arabs as they served the Bedouins as mounts for many hundreds of years, allowing them to get used to the hot climate, uneven terrain and scarce food.
The Arabian thoroughbred (or Arabian horse) form the oldest horse breed in the world. They are the pure form of the Arabian horse. With every Arabian thoroughbred, the pedigree can be traced back to the desert breeding of the Bedouins in the Arabian Peninsula. The special features of the Arabian horse are the small head with large eyes and nostrils, the broad forehead and the high tail. Despite their small but characteristic withers height of 140 to 156 centimeters, they are considered horses.
Arabian horses are the great passion of Sultan Qaboos ibn Said, the head of state of Oman. He owns nearly 1000 Arabian Thoroughbreds and thus the largest mounted army in the world, his “Royal Cavalry”. Arabian thoroughbreds are considered one of the most beautiful horse breeds in the world. In the Orient, they serve as a status symbol and are a sign of power and greatness. The horses enjoy a very special treatment. They are housed in the highest quality stables and get first-class, individual care. They mean a lot to the Sultan, which is why their breeding is subsidized by the state. So Sultan Qaboos does not only want to reserve these special horses for the rich but also allows the lower classes to breed Arabian horses.