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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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TRACK THE NUMBERS:

Total US Purebred registrations of foals born in: 
2015: 3281 
2014: 2613
2013: 2916
2012: 3391
2011: 3606
2010: 4041
2009: 3395
Total US registered Desert Arabian foals born in: 
2015: 320*
2014: 357*
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.