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Partbred Arabians

Partbred Arabians

Partbred Arabians are not a breed as such, but an interesting way to combine the virtues of the Arabian with those of other breeds.
Arabian stallions have always been used successfully in upgrading other breeds, especially the riding pony.

Sires such as the purebred MERAF1C and the Anglo-Arabs CAID, ARISO and FLORIST have sired top class Sports ponies and still rank among the leading sires of the riding pony breed in Germany. The warmblood breeds have relied mostly of Shagya- or Anglo-Arabian stallions for that necessary drop of Arab blood.


When after the War, the emphasis in German horse breeding changed from heavy agricultural stock to the modern Sports horse, Arabian stallions played an important role.

Hanover made use of the Anglo-Arabs KURDE and MATCHO and the Shagya-Arabian GAZAL VII; and what would Holstein or Westfalia, or indeed all of German light horse breeding, be without the Polish Anglo-Arab RAMZES?
Today, nearly every state stud or stallion Station has at least one Anglo-Arabian stallion to provide athletic ability, health, longevity and hardiness for the local breeding pro-grammes.

Many Arabian enthusiasts were also interested in crossing Arabians with other breeds in order to obtain a bigger horse for Sports purposes. 

For this reason, the German registry encloses the Partbred register. These horses naturally represent a broad variety of different types, ranging from pony to warmblood.

The aim of such a cross is usually to produce a riding horse for a particular purpose. From the Arabian, the breeders hope to gel increased refinement, hardiness, disposition, endurance, fertility and longevity, health, and thriftiness. 
In recent years, there has been a trend towards the unusual, especially with regard to colour.

An increasing number of breeders now try to breed horses that combine unusual colour, such as Palominos or Pintos, with Arabian type. Because of the broad variety of types and possibilities, there is definitely a market for Partbred Arabians.

But it would be? Wrong to speak of a breed; Partbreds are normally simply a cross-made for a specific purpose.

For this reason, it is not possible to define a common Standard. As a result, the studbook definition is kept as open as possible, postulating a horse "with good qualities for riding and pronounced Arabian characteristics". Partbred Arabians are not a breed; but it is precisely this broad spectrum of possibilities which makes them so interesting, versatile, and increasingly popular.

In the USA, Britain, and Australia, Arabian Partbreds form a significant part of the Arabian scene and are bred and shown with as much enthusiasm as their purebred cousins.