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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. 

In The News

Arabian Horses Set to Put Best Foot Forward at 2021 Sport Horse Nationals

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 12, 2021, 10:06 AM EST

Arabian Horse Competitors Return to Oklahoma City for 2021 Youth Nationals

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 14, 2021, 11:11 AM EST

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Hosts 11 Days of Competition for Versatile Arabian Horse Breed

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 10, 2021, 1:00 PM EST

Nine Days of Competition Ahead at U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 22, 2020, 1:00 PM EST

Forms and Publications

Competition Information

Information about competing your Arabian horse