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The Baladi vs. the Egyptian Arabian:
The name "Baladi" means "[horse] of the country", and highlights the Baladi being a native breed to Egypt. This breed should not be confused with the Egyptian Arabian breed, which has a specific ancestry, and which comes from well-defined bloodlines.
Horses in Ancient Egypt:
Horses, probably of the Arabian breed, were first introduced to Ancient Egypt between 1700 and 1500 BC, when the Egyptians took horses from the Hyksos, probably as spoils of war.
According to tomb paintings from that time, Egyptian horses were only used for pulling chariots, and were not ridden, probably because of their relatively small size. Nevertheless, they played a vital role in the Egyptian military, which led the Ancient Egyptians to start breeding their own horses.
While they weren't used only by the military, only rich Egyptians could afford to have horses because of how expensive it was to own and breed them. Soon enough, the horse became a symbol of wealth in Ancient Egypt.
It is unclear whether the Baladi is a direct descendant of the horses of Ancient Egypt, or whether it was created by crossing these horses with other breeds. Nevertheless, the Baladi breed became common in Egypt.
Baladi horses were never subjected to strict breeding programs, and they were often crossed with different horse breeds. Starting from the 19th century, crossing Baladi horses with Arabian and Thoroughbred horses, as well as with additional European breeds, became a common practice which still persists today. Indeed, Baladi horses are popular in modern-day Egypt, and are used for riding, for pulling carts, and for performing dances.
The conformation of Baladi horses is similar to that of Arabian horses, though it is less refined, especially when it comes to their head, which can have a straight profile, and to their neck, which is less arched than the neck of the Arabians. Furthermore, they also lack the iconic stance and tail carriage of purebred Arabian horses.
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Baladi horses in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases,
Speed: 14.6-16.1, 15.4 (0.3), 0.06.
Sprint: 33-47, 40 (3), 0.53.
Accel: 0.74-0.95, 0.85 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 0.76-0.92, 0.84 (0.04), 0.01.
Jump: 4.98-5.26, 5.15 (0.05), 0.01.
Pull: 1.31-1.98, 1.60 (0.13), 0.03.
Turning: 40.84-52.62, 46.63 (2.83), 0.56.
Reverse: 2.2-2.8, 2.5 (0.1), 0.02.
Stamina: 43.81-47.50, 45.72 (0.85), 0.17.
Reaction: 0.73-0.82, 0.78 (0.02), 0.00.
Coats & Height:
Colors: bay, brown, black, chestnut, and grey.
Additionals: flaxen, rabicano, roan, sooty, tobiano, white-spotted sabino, all rare patterns.
Height: 13.3hh to 15hh.
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