Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:48 PM
So the GBE picture, and the following, are all US breeders have to guide them as a standard? Note the "long arched neck" part as opposed to "moderately long" in the Australian standard. In my opinionated opinion (LOL) there is nowhere near enough detail... and the drawing kind of encourages breeders to fit a horse into the "box" created by the drawing, which was not, as I understand it, based on a real horse! The exaggerated tail carriage depicted in the GBE drawing probably added to trainers applying ginger as well... the Upton drawing is more realistic for a horse in a relaxed standing position. Where is the movement part? And the part that explains the history of the Arabian and why it was a highly desirable riding horse?
If I was a US citizen, I'd be pushing for a decent standard of excellence, readily available to every member of the breed registry, and one that each and every judge knows by heart!
US Arabian standard:
Comparatively small head, profile of head straight or preferably slightly concave below the
eyes; small muzzle, large nostrils, extended when in action; large, round, expressive, dark
eyes set well apart (glass eyes shall be penalized in Breeding classes); comparatively short
distance between eye and muzzle; deep jowls, wide between the branches; small ears
(smaller in stallions than mares), thin and well shaped, tips curved slightly inward; long
arched neck, set on high and running well back into moderately high withers; long sloping
shoulder well laid over with muscle; ribs well sprung; long, broad forearm; short cannon
bone with large sinew; short back; loins broad and strong; croup comparatively horizontal;
natural high tail carriage. Viewed from rear, tail should be carried straight; hips strong and
round; well muscled thigh and gaskin; straight, sound, flat bone; large joints, strong and well
defined; sloping pasterns of good length; round feet of proportionate size. Height from 14.1
to 15.1 hands, with an occasional individual over or under. Fine coat in varying colors of
bay, chestnut, grey and black. Dark skin, except under white markings. Stallions especially
should have an abundance of natural vitality, animation, spirit, suppleness and balance.