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Morabs

Morabs



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Purebred Morab Horse Association PMHA
Website: http://www.puremorab.com
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Breed Description
The myth that surrounds the Morab most often is their status as a breed. A lot of people misunderstand and consider a Morab a part-bred while others have termed them half-breeds. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Morabs (the get of an Arabian/Morgan breeding) are not half-Morgans or half-Arabian horses. They are Morabs, a breed. The fact that Morabs have the proven ability to transmit their distinguishing characteristics with a high degree of certainty to their progeny puts this misnomer to rest. Only foundation stock or first generation Morabs possess both Morab registration and 1/2 Arab or 1/2 Morgan registries. Thus making them a triple registered animal. Succeeding generations are then bred Morab to Morab to ensure the growth of the breed.

The average Morab is between 14.2 and 15.2 hands high and weighs between 950 and 1200 lbs. The Morabs skeleton is very different than other horse breeds. Like the Arabian they have one less rib and three less vertebrae, but unique totally to the Morab is the shape of their hindquarters as well as the different pelvic angle. Along with other characteristics, these are the most apparent differences from any other breed. Taking the Arabian horse, often called the "Drinker Of The Wind" because of its powerful lungs, and combining it with the broad powerful chest of the Morgan, gave the Morab a naturally superior breathing system. A wide forehead sets off large, dark expressive eyes. A thick mane and tail balances out its muscular build. The Morab's head may be straight to slightly dished with a big powerful jaw in conjunction with a small muzzle. All well-bred Morabs have a consistently unformed look, with some degree of refinement; with successive generations showing very little if any change from the first generation.

It is this ability to transmit their distinguishing characteristics to their offspring that makes the Morab a distinct breed rather than just another nice cross-bred horse.


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