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Save the Desert Arabian Horse

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READ THIS IMPORTANT ARTICLE ABOUT THE CONTINUING DECLINE IN THE U.S. “Where Have All The Arabians Gone”

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Without imme­diate inter­ven­tion, we could lose the Desert Arabian horse within the next generation

  • The Desert Arabian horse is one of the oldest of breeds, devel­oped by the Bedouin who bred them pure for thou­sands of years.
  • The Desert Arabian horse provided the foun­da­tion stock to create almost all other light breeds of horse.
  • Fewer than 8 percent of the 400,000 modern Arabian horses regis­tered world­wide descend exclu­sively from the orig­inal Bedouin horse: these are the last Desert Arabian horses.
  • New births of Desert Arabian horses have declined over 60 percent in the past decade; fewer than 800 fillies were born world­wide in 2010 – to mares that average 18 years of age.

Once lost, this precious genetic pool can never be restored.  Only imme­diate inter­ven­tion can save this breeding popu­la­tion for the next generation.

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Read more about the Desert Arabian horse - how it is unique, and its endan­gered status - then Get Involved!

TRACK THE NUMBERS:

Total US Purebred registrations of foals born in: 
2015: 1391 
2014: 2464
2013: 2916
2012: 3391
2011: 3606
2010: 4041
2009: 3395
Total US registered Desert Arabian foals born in: 
2015: 187*
2014: 342*
2013: 582
2012: 532
2011: 585
2010: 679
2009: 773
Numbers for all years are updated as additional horses are registered (last update January 2016).
*Al Khamsa, Inc. has not updated the AHA database to include AK-eligible horses since 2013. 
Therefore, the numbers for 2014 and 2015 reflect only desert Arabians meeting The Pyramid Society definition of straight Egyptian.
The Insti­tute esti­mates that fewer than 1500 Desert Arabians are foaled world­wide each year. Most are born in North America, Egypt, Germany, Syria, and the Gulf states.