MONTHLY - May 2010

Spring & Summer time ... it's Foals' time!


Finally, the summer has arrived in Europe, after a really long and hard winter. Everybody can now enjoy the light, the sun and the warm temperatures - and to watch the horses in the green fields.....
Indeed, it is now mostly the show bizz that dominates the actualized moments, publications, updates and attention. The show circus which is a "catwalk of models", formed, styled, made-up and in make-up and with only only focus on looking good and whatever is currently fashionable.
But isn't it also fascinating to see the horses in their natural beauty, in their natural disposition. To watch them in their daily procedures and seeing the foals who do their first experiences in the fields and herds. To watch how they grow up and build their friendships and trust and how they rank in the group. Watching the world of the catwalk and the shows is one thing but watching the natural beauty of our beloved purebred Arabs is (meanwhile) something totally different but not less beautiful, and not less enjoyable.
Sometimes when a new fashion arrives in the show world, you feel that the true beauty would be better without human influence and manipulation. Some newly fashionned clipping styles are now seen, and you really start to question what is beautiful .... Is it really the half face clipped down to skin? When for example, a grey or white horse with a good, dark pigmentation in skin comes up totally black in the head, from the muzzle up to half the face, with a sharp cut line from black to white halfway up the nose (where the clipping ends and the white hair starts again). The hand-wide black around the eyes clipped down to skin. From some meters distance, you even do not even see the real eye anymore. Such a grey or white horse looks like a clown in his make-up ..... Is this the beauty we intend, the beauty we want to see? Is the classical, natural beauty of the Arab horse not good enough anymore that we need such clipping and a heavy make-up?
Indeed, the old saying (still) counts: beauty lies in the eye of the beholder! Taste is different, subjective ideas and impressions are different - but definetely it was and still is the natural and classical beauty of the Arab horse that fascinated us. While now, it is again the human's hand that manipulates, changes and tries to dominate the nature!
Yes, we love the shows, but never forget or ignore how beautiful a simple moment in a pasture can be - the horses or foals playing around, running or just grazing. This is the natural beauty, the beauty in nature - just see and enjoy it!

The above picture shows two straight Egyptian filly foals approaching each other in the pastures in first meetings, still unsure and "nervous" who the other is. Left, it is MIRAYA Bint Mindif (Maharan el Nabil x Mindif Bint Mansoura), right, her stable mate and blood relative, Sheikha ZAFARANA (Sheikh Maymoon x Zamala Bint Zeenah) - both bred and owned by the Filsinger Arabians stud, in Germany, and enjoying their time and pastures.




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