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The Arabian Horse: Nature's creation and the art of breeding by Hans J.Nagel

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This new book from Dr Hans Nagel is a fully comprehensive guide to the Arabian horse and its origins as well as examining the concepts of breeding. The book has been written with the intention of making people that feel an affinity to horses fully acquainted with one of the most special horse breeds of today – the Arabian.

The Arabian horse is the oldest horse breed known and, in the past, has made a unique and essential contribution to the English Thoroughbred, the French Anglo-Arab and the existence of all warmblood horses, as well as all other standard breeds of national or local importance. All of them carry a good portion of Arabian blood. How did it happen that this particular exotic horse, brought up in the deserts of Arabia, bred by nomads in one of the poorest environments on earth, could reach and play such an important role; and why did, again and again, some of the greatest horse people, at different times in history, become fascinated by these horses as a pure breed, as an original? This book tells the story of Arabian horses, where they come from, and where they acquired all their appreciated virtues.

Furthermore, this book outlines how rural nobles and important State Studs, mainly in East Europe, as well as dedicated private breeders, handled this breed – either as a heritage of ancient times, or as a subject of breeding that required developing, putting the breeders’ own stamp on them, according to these breeders’ tastes, just the way the ancient Bedouin breeders used to do. With that in mind, it is no wonder that today, there is such a great variety of types existing within the breed. However, they all share a common denominator, that essence that gave them their particular abilities and appearance – that special stamp that makes them Arabian horses.

Readers of this book will find a lot of answers to questions such as these. They will also find interesting examples and ideas for breeding. Hopefully, this will facilitate their understanding of why the fascination for this particular species and its outstanding qualities has never ceased. 


I. The Arabian Breed

  • Living with Arabians
  • Arabia The historical Homeland
  • Arabians in the Middle East
  • Evolution and Features of the Arabian at Bedouin Times

II. Breeding Concepts of important Arabian Studs

  • In Europe
    • The Polish Studs
    • Russian Arabian Breeding
    • Babolna State Stud /Hungary
    • The Crabbet Park/England
    • Weil/Marbach Stud /Germany
    • France – Country of Performance Horses
  • In Egypt
    • El Zahraa Arabian Stud/Egypt
  • In the United StatesShows, Breeding and Standard
    • Ansata Arabians, USA
    • Al Marah, USA

III. A Breeding Concept in Detail

  • The Katharinenhof Approach
  • Breeding Aim and Historical Roots
  • Complications and risks of a closed Breeding Programme
  • Choices of Breeding Methods
  • Inheritance
  • Pure Breeding
  • Preferred Families in Egyptian Breeding
  • Katharinenhof’s Breeding Programme
  • Mare Families – Features
  • Stallions – Features and Influence
  • The co-operation Ansata Arabians/Katharinenhof
  • The closed Breeding Programme
  • Generations and sire line
  • Following sires and generation table
  • In Breeding Index and Measurement
  • From the past to the present
  • Advice to a New Breeder
  • Epilogue


  • Pedigrees
  • Index of horses and persons
  • Reference books
  • Reference of illustration
  • List of paintings and prints
  • Photographers
Large size volume: 540pp in full colour, containing 430 illustrations. Hardcover heat-printed in gold and colour printing.


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  1. I love it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th May 2014


  2. A very informative book. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Apr 2014

    I was not disappointed. A book jam packed with information and photographs. Very interesting although yet to read right through as only just received it reading bits here and there. This is a book which should be in the library of anyone interested in the Arabian horse not just breeders.

    The book arrived very quickly after putting my order in.

  3. A "Must Have" for Your Arabian Horse Library! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jan 2014

    Wonderfully illustrated! This book appeals to the lover of Art and the Arabian Horse. Jam-Packed with information and an easily readable text!

  4. arabian horse breeding 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Nov 2013

    For me it is the first arabian horse breeding book with a holistic and historical reference, to give the uninformed breeder a overview and a direction for breeding arabian horses.

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