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Since the creation of the Thoroughbred, crossings between Arabians and Thoroughbreds took place in various countries. However, the Anglo-Arab as the breed we know today is attributed to the French, who, in the 19th century, set up an entire breeding program which revolved around crossing Arabians with Thoroughbreds.
Even though French breeders began breeding Anglo-Arabs as early as the 18th century, it wasn't until the 1830s when the new breed was taken to the next level, thanks to the efforts of the French National Stud Service at Haras national du Pin, who started breeding Anglo-Arabs in an organized manner, and started the official studbook for the new breed.
Breeding the best:
The creation of the Anglo-Arab in France was a gradual process. First, Arabian stallions were crossed with Thoroughbred mares, but not the other way around. Then, after the Anglo-Arab herd was large enough, Anglo-Arabs were bred with each other.
Performance assessments in the form of official races started to take place during the 1860s, and this allowed breeders to select and breed only the horses with the best performance. The result of this endeavor was an energetic breed that is larger, faster, and stronger than the Arabian, has sufficient endurance, and is more level-headed than its hotblooded ancestors.
An international success:
By the end of the 19th century, the Anglo-Arab already enjoyed the reputation of being an outstanding riding and cavalry horse. During the first half of the 20th century, Anglo-Arabs also became famous for their athleticism and talent in show-jumping and cross-country. This is why, as the 20th century progressed and cavalries were largely disbanded, the Anglo-Arab remained immensely popular throughout Europe and the USA.
The success of the Anglo-Arab in Olympic disciplines made it one of the only two hotblooded breeds that are universally accepted as a possible cross in most sport warmblood studbooks (the other breed being the Thoroughbred).
Today, the Anglo-Arabian is a popular breed in Europe and the USA, where it is valued for its endurance, speed, and agility. It is primarily used for Olympic disciplines.
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Anglo-Arabs in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases,
Speed: 16.6-18.0, 17.2 (0.3), 0.07.
Sprint: 48-64, 57 (4), 0.84.
Accel: 0.85-1.06, 0.96 (0.05), 0.01.
Decel: 0.83-1.00, 0.93 (0.04), 0.01.
Jump: 5.19-5.44, 5.33 (0.06), 0.01.
Pull: 1.79-2.57, 2.24 (0.18), 0.04.
Turning: 42.50-57.60, 50.66 (3.41), 0.67.
Reverse: 2.2-2.9, 2.6 (0.1), 0.03.
Stamina: 41.36-47.63, 44.99 (1.37), 0.27.
Reaction: 0.75-0.86, 0.80 (0.02), 0.00.
Coats & Height:
Colors: bay, brown, chestnut, grey, and, more rarely, black, seal-brown, cream-dilutes, dominant black, and dominant white.
Additionals: flaxen, linebacked, rabicano, roan, sooty, all rare patterns.
Pinto note: the coat of Anglo-Arabs is solid, but because there are no official color restrictions for this breed, then in Horse Isle Anglo-Arabs come in frame-overo, manchado, splashed-white, and white-spotted.
Height: 15hh to 16.3hh.
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