A Brief History of Partly Arabian Horses

Tom Redmond, founder of the Aussie brand hair care company Onesta, has owned Wolf Springs Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, since 2000. At the ranch, Tom Redmond oversees the breeding and raising of award-winning Arabian and half Arabian horses.

The Arabian has long stood as one of the most popular and diverse breeds of horse. Half or partly Arabian horses, meanwhile, are nearly as revered, with a breed history extending back nearly 280 years. Standards for the Anglo-Arabian were formalized in 1880, and by World War I the breed had established itself as a staple of the United States military.

Indeed, the Anglo-Arabian is likely the most popular partly Arabian horse breed. To qualify as such in the United States, owners must be able to prove a horse’s lineage as between 25 and 75 percent Arabian, with the remainder consisting of a recognized thoroughbred. Partly Arabian horses generally stand about 15 to 17 hands high and are capable of meeting a number of unique owner needs, from dressage riding to hunting. As recently as 2013, Anglo-Arabian horses brought home five national championships and six reserve national championships at the Sport Horse National Championship Show, in addition to 42 top 10 finishes.

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