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Very sporty but not trivial to ride, the horse French Anglo-Arab it is an animal of remarkable beauty. His body is harmonious and with many muscles, the French Anglo-Arab horse moves with agility and prowess and has very sweet eyes. Let's get to know its history and the specialties in which it excels.
French Anglo-Arab horse: origins
As is obvious from the name, this equine breed finds its origins in France but it cannot be said that it is widespread only in its homeland as we find several specimens throughout Europe. However, the main farms remain the French ones, located in Pompadour, Tarbes, Pau and Gelos, all places in the south-east of France, but there are also some in Italy, as we will see.
The creator of this breed was the veterinarian E. Gayot that after several unsuccessful attempts, in the years around 1843 he succeeded in creating an Anglo-Arab breed by working there at the Haras of Le Pin, then at Pompadour. The Arab stallion Massoud (1814-43) and the Turkish stallion Aslan, imported from Egypt, played an important role in the development of the breed. They were mated with three pure English breeders: Selim Mare, Comus Mare and Daer.
When the breed was made official, it was also established what the parameters related to the crossings could be and the French decided that the requirement to enter the genealogy register is the 25% Arabian blood, with only one ancestor, Arab, English or Anglo-Arab thoroughbred.
In the improvement of the breed other horses were also used and in particular we remember Prisme (lived from 1890 to 1917), who affirmatively fixed the characteristics of the breed in the standard. Year after year the examples of French Anglo-Arab horses have slightly modified some physical characteristics and we can see this above all in the increase in height at the withers which once was never greater than 160 centimeters while today we find tall horses more than 165cm.
French Anglo-Arab horse: characteristics
Its height is medium, at the withers it varies from 155 to 167 cm and its body is rather robust, but let's see what characteristics this sporty animal has. It has a rather small head compared to the body and with a slightly concave or straight profile, the forehead is wide, the ears are quite small but straight and the big and expressive eyes.
The withers are lean and raised, the neckline is well proportioned and attached and also quite muscular, the line of the back and loins is straight, the croup is horizontal with a tail firmly attached at an average height. The hips are strong and powerful and the limbs are too turned muscles and equipped with resistant, dry joints and raised tendons while the foot is of medium size and with a hard hoof.
Regarding the skin and the coat, the first is rather thin while the hair is short and fine. All whole colors are allowed as a breed but the most common is definitely gray followed by the main shades which are the chestnut, the bay and the black.
French Anglo-Arab horse: character
The French Anglo-Arab horse is an animal that we can define as sincere, honest and with a pleasant character. Whoever has it describes it with a quiet character but at the same time energetic and a little neurile. When he is at work he shows himself courageous and at the same time loyal and knows how to build a relationship of trust with his rider.
French Anglo-Arab horse: aptitudes
Known as an excellent jumper, the horse French Anglo-Arabic it is a saddle animal that requires a rider with several years of experience behind him, however, and is not recommended for beginners or the insecure. We find it used above all in the sports field and is very suitable for show jumping, cross-country, and endurance racing.
French Anglo-Arab horse: breeding
There are several farms of this breed in Italy, many in Sardinia but not only. We indicate four of them all, inviting you to consult the complete online list. In the province of Savona, in Ceriale, we find Herbs and Garden, while in the province of Sassari, in Pattada, there is the Monte Lerno equestrian center. Continuing in Tuscany, near Siena, in Asciano, we find "Race of the Empire" while in Lombardy, in Polpenazze del Garda (Brescia) the Valtenesi animal farm which, in addition to our French Anglo-Arab horse, also holds various breeds of dogs including Poodle, Bichon, Cavalier King, Maltese, Shiba Inu, Shitzu and Cocker.
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