Breed Organization Arabian Horse Association AHA Website:
http://www.arabianhorses.org Native Country Britain Other Names N/A Average Height 15.2–16.3h Adult Weight N/A Rider Experience Level It varies on level of training.
Breed Description The Anglo-Arab originated in Britain but is
bred elsewhere, especially in France, where great attention has been
paid to the production of a specialist all-around horse for more
than 150 years. Both in Britain and France this horse is recognized
as a composite breed, but as yet no standard has been laid down.
In Britain, an Anglo-Arab is a cross between a Thoroughbred stallion
and an Arabian mare or vice-versa, with their subsequent
re-crossing. These are the only two strains in the pedigree.
In France, a number of permutations are possible, though to be
entered in the stud book, there must be a minimum of 25% Arabian
blood, and ancestors must be Arabian, Thoroughbred or Anglo-Arab.
The Anglo-Arab's place in earlier days was largely filled by native
mares carrying eastern blood.
In theory, the Anglo should combine the best of the Arabian and
Thoroughbred. It should retain the Arabian's qualities of soundness,
endurance and stamina while incorporating the scope and some of the
speed of the Thoroughbred, but without its excitable temperament.
The mane of the Anglo is fine and silky, as are the tail and coat.
The head is more Thoroughbred than Arabian. The profile is straight,
ears mobile and eyes expressive. Although there is no breed
standard, the Anglo also tends toward the Thoroughbred, rather than
the Arabian, in overall appearance. French Anglos from the southwest
are lighter in type and have specific races reserved for them. Anglo
withers are more prominent than those of the Arabian, and the
well-set neck is longer. The back of the Anglo is usually short, the
chest is deep and the shoulder very oblique and powerful. The
quarters have a tendency toward being long and horizontal. The frame
is well up to weight and is more solid than the Thoroughbred. The
limbs are sound and uniformly good. No matter the cross, a horse
must have a minimum 12.5% of Arabian blood to be considered an
Anglo-Arabian. Any lighness of bone is compensated for by its
density and good quality. The height of the Anglo-Arab is between
15.2 and 16.3hh. The speed of the Anglo is not as great as that of
the Thoroughbred, but the best are enormously agile and athletic and
are distinguished by the correctiveness of their action.
The Anglo from Pompadour is a larger, more muscular specimen, noted
particulary as being an excellent jumper. The overall object is to
produce tough horses of the best riding type that will race, jump,
go cross-country and compete at dressage.
History Anglo Arabians are the third oldest breed in
the world. Although Anglo Arabian horses were bred in England and
France in the 1700's, the French Studbook created in 1833 was the
first registry to include Anglo Arabian pedigrees.
Behavior The Anglo Arabian should combine the best
aspects of both the Arabian and Thoroughbred breeds. While retaining
the soundness, endurance and stamina of the Arabian, they should
also incorporate the scope and some of the speed of the Thoroughbred
without the excitable temperament.
Health Health is dependant on the cross between
Function Race, jump, go cross-country and compete at