“You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determination and understanding and love. That’s what fuses the two of you onto this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder… ‘What can heaven offer any better then what I have here on earth?’ “
~ Monica Dickens
The Anglo-Arab is a Thoroughbred/Arabian cross that must have no more than 75% and no less than 25% Arabian blood.
The French are attributed with creating this breed as early as 1750 but it wasn’t until the early 19th century that serious breeding of Anglo-Arabians began. The breed began to grow in popularity and by the end of the 19th century their flashy looks and extreme athleticism made them popular in a variety of disciplines.
The finest examples of this breed combine the endurance and refinement of the Arabian with the speed and stature of the Thoroughbred.
Tasman – 5 yr old Anglo Arab – The Wild Coast – Eastern Cape – South Africa. May 2014.
Tasman was home-bred on Sunray Farm and just beginning his life as a trail horse when I met him. Picked for me because of his quirky personality, Tasman definately didin’t disappoint! This beautiful baby boy had the most personality of a horse I’ve ever met and it made him all that more endearing and certainly kept me very entertained for our 200km trip up the Wild Coast!
We galloped along stretches of some of the most beautiful deserted beaches I have ever seen, reaching a maximum speed of 58km/hr, explored the highlands and even went for an unplanned for swim! He maintained a calmness and composure that stretched way beyond his years when we hit some trouble along the coast navigating the beach rivers and truly was a little angel on four hooves.
Tasman went above and beyond and did everything that was asked of him and them some, such a trusting beautiful horse…..the best horses have heart in a way that most human beings cannot fathom, Tasman is one of the best.