One of the world’s oldest and purest breeds of light horse, the Arabian horse originated in the harsh desert conditions of the Middle East. This compact, efficient breed is known for its stamina, intelligence, hardiness, gentle disposition, and loyalty. Arabian horses are medium-sized (between 14.2 and 15.3 hands), short-coupled and possess a lean muscle mass. Their large lung capacity and efficient metabolism allow them to carry heavy loads over great distances in extreme heat and with little water.

This breed has contributed to the formation of virtually all modern breeds of horses and remains one of the most popular and exceptionally versatile breeds in America. In addition to essentially dominating the disciplines of endurance and competitive trail worldwide, the Arabian horse is popular across a wide range of disciplines, including English and Western pleasure, cutting, reining, jumping, dressage, and driving. 

Recognized National Affiliate Association

Learn more about the Arabian horse by visiting the Arabian Horse Association at The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is the official breed association and registry in the U.S. As the official breed registry for the Arabian horse industry, the AHA Registry has registered more than 1 million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses since its founding in 1908. AHA offers over 400 events and competitions, community forums, and more to bring people together to share the joys of Arabian horses. 

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Forms and Publications

Competition Information

Information about competing your Arabian horse