The origin of the Anglo-Arabian lies in the crossing of English Thoroughbreds and Arabians. The purpose of the crossing was to combine the good qualities of both breeds. The Anglo-Arabian is also spirited and willing to learn, but not as spirited and hectic as the English Thoroughbred, from which he also gets his speed. The nature of the Arabian is reflected in the Anglo-Arabian in his willingness to perform, his frugality and his robust characteristics.
The crossing of the two thoroughbred breeds resulted in a versatile sport horse that impresses with this diversity. Because even if the Anglo-Arabian shows great sporting potential and has won medals in many disciplines, his supreme discipline is eventing. Famous Anglo-Arab champions in this area are Aiglonne, Djerk and Ensorceleuse. But some Anglo-Arabians, such as Ali Baba and Jiva, were also able to win top-class prizes in show jumping. Linon and Hava, on the other hand, impressed with their dressage skills. The successful horses prove: The Anglo-Arabian is an artist of variety.
Today, the Anglo-Arabian is often used in professional equestrian sports. But the loyal horse is also becoming increasingly popular as a leisure partner. Its friendly and robust nature make it an ideal companion for experienced riders through thick and thin.
History of the Anglo-Arab
As already mentioned, the Anglo-Arab has its origins in France. The noble Arabian horses were very popular in Europe. Napoleon was also a lover of oriental horses and promoted their breeding in order to use them as cavalry horses. In the 18th century, the Palatinate Duke Christian IV discovered that crossing Arabian and English thoroughbreds had its advantages and thus laid the foundation for the Anglo-Arabs. In the 19th century, Eugène Gayot also recognized the advantages of the Anglo-Arabians captured from the Palatinate and implemented large-scale breeding with the aim of combining the advantages of both breeds. Since then, the Anglo-Arabian has developed into a popular sport and leisure horse and is also used to refine stronger breeds.
Only Anglo-Arabians and their original breeds, i.e. Arabian Thoroughbreds and English Thoroughbreds, are permitted for breeding Anglo-Arabians. The ancestors of the fourth ancestral line of the Anglo-Arabian entered in the stud book must be 25% Arabic. The pedigrees differ greatly depending on the field of application: Anglo-Arabians used as leisure horses often have an Arabian pedigree of up to 75%, while racehorses usually have a high percentage of English thoroughbreds. The breed characteristics are very different depending on the ancestors. In Poland, the Anglo-Arab is also referred to as Malopolski.
Advice on keeping Anglo Arabs
Every horse is unique, no matter what breed it belongs to. And no matter how long or short the pedigree is, every horse has similar needs, such as those for food, exercise, and social contact. These must be satisfied in order to enable a happy horse life. However, depending on what the breed of horse was originally bred for, there are many different characteristics: some are bred to be sport horses and need more exercise than others, and some are more leisurely workhorses.
Just remember that the classification into draft, warm-blooded and thoroughbreds is made primarily on the basis of temperament. With our horses, too, it always depends on the individual creature. Because not all Shire Horse are strong-nerved giants and not every Arabian is a tenacious racer.
Care and nutrition
It doesn’t matter whether you own a large draft horse or a small pony: every horse needs a certain amount of care to stay healthy. The hooves in particular require your special attention. You can read about what you should consider here in the tips for proper horse care.
You also strengthen your bond with your four-legged friend with regular grooming. Finally, nibbling each other’s fur is a common social interaction between horses. Hey lest i forget ensure that the right people handle your horse fencing to avoid injury and invasion