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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: 2012: 3653 (through December; down 7% from 2011) 2011: 3939 2010: 4912 2009: 5544
Total US registered Desert Arabian foals born in:
2011: 493 2010: 644 2009: 741 Numbers for all years are updated as additional horses are registered.
|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.|