NATIONAL ARABIAN HORSE DAY
Arabian horses fill their owners with a passion equal to what they hold for loved family members. So, every day to them is National Arabian Horse Day. However, on February 19, the Arabian horse is recognized as one of the most popular breeds in the world.
When asking the question, “What horse breed most exemplifies beauty, grace, stamina, athletic ability, adaptability, pride, refinement, versatility, and emotional connections with its human counterpart,” the Arabian horse tops the list. From the backyard family member to Champion show horse, the Arabian horse fits every capacity a person can imagine. Their unique history and distinctive head shape also make them one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds.
Arabian Horse History
The origins of the oldest purebred Arabian horse in the world date back thousands of years to the Arabian Peninsula. The Bedouins, tribesmen of Arabia, are believed to be the first to domesticate the Arabian horse, forming a harmonious relationship in times of both peace and war, a horse that is good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please, while also exhibiting supreme endurance and speed. A symbol of military might, cavalry needs led to the spread of the breed around the world. Still, today, the Arabian horse retains all these desired qualities that made it so coveted. The Arabian is also the foundation for many other familiar breeds such as the Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Morgan, and American Saddlebred.
Arabian Horse Facts
- Beyond its unique beauty and athletic traits, the Arabian is also known for bonding with humans and its loyal disposition.
- Noted for its distinctive features, enthusiasts immediately recognize the Arabian’s dished face and high tail. Other notable features include wide-set eyes, large nostrils, an arched neck, and an easy stride.
- There are over one million Arabian horses in 62 countries, with the U.S. having more than half.
- The average lifespan of Arabian horses is 25-30 years.
- Notable Arabian horse owners include Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, Wayne Newton, Patrick Swayze, and Shania Twain.
The Arabian horse has endured for thousands of years. That’s just one reason why they are so loved and admired. They are also loyal companions to young and old. Arabian horses also offer endless opportunities to be active and meet new people. Anyone can have one in their life.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL ARABIAN HORSE DAY
Celebrate your love of the Arabian horse on National Arabian Horse Day.
- Celebrate the day with The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, where the Arabian horse, breeders, competitors, and enthusiasts can appreciate all the breed’s magnificent qualities.
- Attend a competition to experience the qualities of the Arabian horse in action.
- Get involved! Join or attend your local affiliate club to learn more about Arabian horses. Visit arabianhorses.org for more information.
- Visit a local Arabian horse farm near you. To learn more, visit the Arabian Horse Farm Finder.
- Share your experience and knowledge of the Arabian horse with others.
Experience the Arabian horse and use #NationalArabianHorseDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL ARABIAN HORSE DAY HISTORY
Founded in 2021 by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (a non-profit organization), National Arabian Horse Day seeks to introduce and educate the world on the benefits of having an Arabian horse in your life, thus ensuring the breed’s longevity.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Arabian Horse Day in 2022.