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The Bedouins of Arabia regarded their horses as a gift of God to them. In his fourteenth century manuscript, El Andalusi reports of the Arab tradition that Ismail was the first to tame and ride a horse. When God gave the power and strength to Ibrahim and Ismail to elevate the columns of the house (referring to the Kaaba in Mecca), He said: „I am giving you a treasure which I have saved for you.“ Then God revealed that Ismail should go out and call for it. Ismail went to a nearby place, Ajyad. He knew neither the treasure nor the call, but God inspired him with the call. There was no horse left on the face of the land of the Arabs that did not respond to him and let him subdue them.


Badu society was built upon the dromedary, the most important animal of the Arabian peninsula, to such a degree, that the historic relation of men and camel over more than 3000 years can be described as a parasitic one. The dearest animal to the Bedouins, on the other hand, was the horse. The relation to the horse was a symbiotic one, a relation characterized by a mutual love. It was a heavy burden to keep horses in the desert - and it was only possible with the help of the camel, but it was overwhelmingly rewarded by the usefulness of the horse in combat and raids. The war horse, at the same time, was a family horse that was allowed to enter the black houses of hair. The closest possible relation of men and horse was established. A fact reflected by the unique man-loving character of the Arabian breed and by the role the horse played in badu poetry.

The Arabian Horse - A Gift of God

The three „German“ sons of Nazeer: Kaisoon, Ghazal and Hadban Enzahi (from left to right, painting by the author).


God conferred khayr on the horse (khayl), joined in his forelock.


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