Kuwait keeps, breed unique Arabian horses

By Fahad Shafaqa

KUWAIT, June 25 (KUNA) — Bait Al-Arab (The Arabian Horse Center) plays a key role in breeding of the unique Arabian horses, numbers of which have dwindled in the Arabian Peninsula.
The center, also named Bait Al-Arab, run by the Assistant Undersecretary at the Amiri Diwan, Sheikha Sara Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, was founded in 1980 to preserve breeding of these horses and promoting the raising of the beautiful animals in the country.
Mohammad Al-Marzouq, the head of the center board of trustees, said in remarks to KUNA, that the center hosts more than 100 heads of genuine Arabian horses.
The center, located on a 300,000-sq-m plot of land in Subhan, regularly hosts Arabian beauty horses contests, the latest of which was held earlier this year.
Al-Marzouq expressed gratitude to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for encouraging the raising of the Arabian horses.
The Arabian horse was born and evolved in a desert and was prized by the nomadic Bedouin tribes. Historical studies indicate that the Arabian horse was strongly linked to humans. The animal was even brought inside family tents in order to be protected and sheltered.
This close relationship with humans has created a horse that is a fast learner, good-natured and a faithful companion. The Arabian horses developed the high spirit and alertness that are essential in a horse used for purposes such as war. (end) fsa.rk