The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 316
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to be the progenitor of all of the modern breeds of saddle horses
must be denied.
The claim should not be denied the Arabian horse, however,
for the Arab and the Barb are one breed, recognized as such
until the last two decades. The Barbary Arabian grew larger in
North Africa where the grass and other environmental conditions
were better. Its blood, available again after more than one hun-
dred years, can be used to reinforce the performance and size of
the Arabians in America. Already, a crop of Quarter horse-
Barbary Arabian crosses is on the ground. A Barbary Arabian
mare, capable in her own right of beating most Thoroughbred
competition, has been bred to the great King Ranch stallion,
Zenith (by Hyperion, out of Timed, a half sister of Stymie).
It remains to be seen what a fresh infusion of North African
blood will produce.
In the larger sense, present tendencies to foreclose further
breed development by the imposition of artificial restrictions
must be carefully considered. Should not any horse be permitted
to run on any established track, regardless of breed? Yet the
closing of the American Stud Book to Arabian registry, coupled
with the requirement that only those horses registered with the
American Jockey Club can compete, in effect bars Arabians from
major racing competition. Similarly, breed association policy of
restricting registration to selected strains cannot be in the long-
term interest of the breed. Recently, a research scientist of the
United States Department of Agriculture cautioned against in-
flexible breed standards (in cattle). He pointed to the desira-
bility of having a provision for the introduction of new blood,
as is presently possible in Europe, to introduce or fix desirable
new characteristics.88 His article is worth consideration by those
interested in developing any breed of livestock. Finally, any breed
association needs a provision for up-grading if it is to attain gen-
eral popularity; otherwise, it becomes a plaything of the wealthy
dilettante. Before such things happen, a desirable first step
amongst the Arabian fanciers would be the recognition of the
unity of the breed by re-adopting the earlier definition: "Any
Barb or other Arab ..."
ssE. J. Warwick, "The Role of the Breed Association in Modern Beef Produc-
tion," The Cattleman, XLIX (May, 1963), 44-58.
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