Majestic Beauty – Arabian and Andalusian Horses

by posted April 23, 2012 category Animals, Photographers

Wojtek Kwiatkowski’s majestic photography of Arabian and Andalusian horses take our breath away. He is an author and a publisher of books about Arabians breeding all over the world.  he is also a WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization) consultant for Arabians pedigrees (Poland, Hungary, Wail/Germany). He have many years of experience in the field. For about 25 years he has gathered a wide photographic record library of  the breeding in Poland. He states: “I passionately love Arabian horses and try to capture their beauty and soul in my pictures”

The Arabian or Arab horse, is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years.

The Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse, is a horse breed developed in the Iberian Peninsula. Its ancestors have been present on the Iberian Peninsula for thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as an individual breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very little over the centuries.

 

Historically, however, the Andalusians were also used as stock horses, especially suited to working with Iberian bulls, known for their aggressive temperaments. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bone. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Arabian horses have refined, wedge-shaped heads, a broad forehead, large eyes, large nostrils, and small muzzles. Most display a distinctive concave or “dished” profile. Many Arabians also have a slight forehead bulge between their eyes, called the jibbah by the Bedouin, that adds additional sinus capacity, believed to have helped the Arabian horse in its native dry desert climate. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Other distinctive features are a relatively long, level croup, or top of the hindquarters, and naturally high tail carriage. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Andalusian’s most common coat color is gray, although they can be found in many other colors. They are known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Arabians are involved in a wide variety of activities, including fairs, movies, parades, circuses and other places where horses are showcased. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Andalusian Horse and Trainer Andalusians today are used for show jumping, western pleasure and many other classes at horse shows. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Arabians are one of the oldest human-developed horse breeds in the world. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Several Arabians, mostly of Polish breeding, were captured from Nazi Germany and imported to the U.S.A. following World War II. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Arabians also are used on search and rescue teams and occasionally for police work. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

At the 2002 World Equestrian Games, two Andalusians were on the bronze-medal winning Spanish dressage team, a team that went on to take the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics (not the team in the image). Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

The dramatic appearance of the Andalusian horse, with its arched neck, muscular build and energetic gaits, has made it a popular breed to use in film, particularly in historical and fantasy epics. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

In the 1980s, Arabians became a popular status symbol and were marketed similarly to fine art. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

By 2003, a survey found that 67% of purebred Arabian horses in America are owned for recreational riding purposes. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

With the rise of light cavalry, the stamina and agility of horses with Arabian blood gave an enormous military advantage to any army who possessed them. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Fiery war horses with dished faces and high-carried tails were popular artistic subjects in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, often depicted pulling chariots in war or for hunting. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

A Bedouin story states that Allah created the Arabian horse from the four winds; spirit from the North, strength from the South, speed from the East, and intelligence from the West. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Arabians dominate the sport of endurance riding because of their stamina. They are the leading breed in competitions such as the Tevis Cup that can cover up to 100 miles (160 km) in a day, and they participate in endurance events worldwide Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Strongly built, and compact yet elegant, Andalusians have long, thick manes and tails. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

The origin of the purebred Arabian horse was the Arabian desert, and all Arabians ultimately trace their lineage to this source. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

It has been known for its prowess as a war horse, and was prized by the nobility. The breed was used as a tool of diplomacy by the Spanish government, and kings across Europe rode and owned Spanish horses. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Although many Arabians appear “white”, they are not. A white hair coat is usually created by the natural action of the gray gene, and virtually all “white” Arabians are actually grays. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Generally standing between 62 – 66 inches, (157 and 168 cm) high, Andalusian horses are both elegant and strongly built. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Arabians are mascots for football teams, performing crowd-pleasing activities on the field and sidelines. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

 

Andalusians have been present in films ranging from Gladiator to Interview with a Vampire, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life to Braveheart. The horses have also been seen in such fantasy epics as The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, King Arthur, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski

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