The Arabian Horse – Nature’s Creation…

Hans Joachim Nagel, born in Germany in 1930, holding a Phd in social economy, has been travelling and working in the Arabian world as Business man and horse breeder for nearly 50 years. He was president of the German Arabian Breeding association (VZAP) for 20 years, 15 years president of WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization) and Founder of Katharinenhof stud, the famous breeding stud of finest straight Egyptian Arabian horses.

This book has been written with the intention to make people who feel an affinity to horses, acquainted with one of the special horse breeds of today, the Arabian horse. The Arabian 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 including 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 horsepeople, at different times in history, get 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. No wonder that today, there is such a great variety of types existing within the breed. However, they now all share a common denominator, that essence which gave them their particular abilities and appearance – that special stamp that makes them Arabian horses.
Readers 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.

„The Arabian Horse – Nature’s Creation and the Art of Breeding“ by Hans Joachim Nagel

Large size volume: 540 pages in full color, containing 430 illustrations, Hardcover.
Published 2013, in English, Italian and German language; 68,00 €
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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 States
Ansata Arabians, USA
Al-Marah, USA
Shows, Breeding and Standard

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
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 Measurements
From the Past to the Present
Advice to a New Breeder