DA Ginger Moon in April 2016

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 29th, 2016 in USA

DA Ginger Moon (“Ginger”, by DB Destiny Moniet x Kumence RSI by Monietor RSI), my 1998 Saqlawiyah of Ibn Dirri is looking increasingly good and has stopped loosing weight and even started gaining some. The last shot is from February 2016, with Chris Yost, who owns Ginger’s 2014 yearling colt El Moubarak BLY.




Shadows Aana for 2017

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 8th, 2016 in General

This is the mare I will be breeding this spring. Shadows Aana (SS Shadowfax x Juans Aana by El Reata Juan), a 2000 Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah with five crosses to Julyan (and hence, Julep, and Gulastra), three crosses to Antez, and two crosses to Hanad (through his daughter Schiba) has been with me since last July.

She will be bred to my Jamr, who will add another fourteen crosses to Antez, ten more to Gulastra and five to Hanad, through Sanad, Tripoli, Ibn Hanad and Ameer Ali.

Their conformations are also consistent with each other: both have deep jowls, short backs, and are built like tanks.

Shadows Aana


Thalia Rehab Project: Examination of the Laminitic Hoof

By Jeannie Lieb

Posted on March 27th, 2016 in General


This is the 3rd trim since Thalia joined my barn around the first of the year.  An improved connection of her hoof capsule to the coffin bone (P3), which you can see in the “Right Front” photo,  has grown down from the coronary band enough for me to feel comfortable with REALLY backing her toe up.  I used my nippers laying flat on the barn floor to clip away dead hoof.  This is the rough cut before rasping smooth.  Saves me lots of rasping!  What you see in the picture is all dead hoof, called the Lamellar Wedge .   The lamellar wedge is what forms in between the live structures of the inner hoof  and the hoof capsule.  In other words the “white line”.  That thin yellow/whitish line between the hoof wall and the sole.  This is what happens to the white line  when the coffin bone loses its connection to the hoof capsule.  The white line in the area where separation has occurred stretches. And the more it stretches the more severe the rotation. The more severe the rotation the larger the lamellar wedge will be.

The “Left Front” picture shows how Thalia’s coffin bones have become “sinkers”. “Sinkers” are coffin bones which not only rotate out of the horizontal position toward a vertical position but also lose connection to the hoof capsule so far up toward the  coronary band that P3″sinks” toward the ground.  In these cases a convex instead of a flat or concave sole develops.

Notice how the left sole bulges, and how her frog has an upward curve in its shape toward the tip of the frog. This is how I know the coffin bone has not only rotated but equally as bad, dropped toward the ground away from P2.  This mare was in danger of sloughing off the hoof capsule.  What saved her was the tremendous amount of dead sole she had accumulated.   I’m leaving all that dead sole in place  for now.  She needs it for support of her internal structures. The red spot you see is from previous bleeding into the live, (like your skin) sole trapped under the dead sole.  The position of that red spot is directly over a section of the outer edge of the coffin bone.  I’ve used pictures of both the left and the right front.  They are equally poor mechanically.

On the upside, and another saving grace for her, she has very healthy frogs and bulbs in both front feet.  This is most unusual in a laminitic horse.  It says that her hoof mechanics,  pre how ever many laminitis episodes she’s had, were good enough to make her comfortable about using the back part of her hoof in a healthy way.  You don’t see strong fogs and bulbs like hers  on horses who  have had too much heel left after trims or shoeing year after year.

Thalia Rehab Project Update March 21, 2016

By Jeannie Lieb

Posted on March 21st, 2016 in General


The top picture is Thalia in early January right after I brought her to my place from Virginia for Edouard.  The bottom picture was taken yesterday, March 20, 2016.  I want you to notice how the fat pat from her croup to her tail head has evaporated.  She no long has a rear-end that looks like a Percheron.  She has been shedding her excessively thick and long haired coat since January.  As of now she is down to a normal winter coat.  The crest of her neck has slimmed down.  We had blood work done, glucose and insulin from the same draw, and ACTH to test for PPID (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Disfunction aka Cushings).  Thalia came back positive for both conditions though fortunately only slightly high in both. (See note below) This is the best scenario we could have hoped for given what her external symptoms were telling us. Getting her metabolic system back under control is obviously much easier and bodes better in terms of breeding her for a preservation foal.  The physical changes that have occurred  include appropriate supplementation to balance the major and trace mineral content of the hay she consumes.  She gets almost no concentrated feed (grain).  Her diet is hay.  She gets 1tsp 2x/day of Vitex angus (Chaste Tree Berry) powder 3 weeks on and 1 week off.  This herb can help assist pituitary function.  Sometimes works sometimes not.  Working in her case, thankfully.  She moves more rapidly these days, offering to both trot and canter.  She had so much inflammation all over her body when she came in she acted more like a 30yo than a coming 24yo.

NOTE:  While Thalia’s glucose and insulin numbers are within normal limits, it is the ratio of the two that determines Insulin Resistance.  See the  IR Calculator posted on ECIRHorse.org

Clarion CF at Kirby Drennan’s

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on March 13th, 2016 in General

Clarion CF (Regency x Chinoiserie by Dharanad), 1991 liver chestnut stallion, is the sire of my Mayassah, and is standing at Kirby Drennan’s, in Virginia, IL.


More of Twickenham CF

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on March 13th, 2016 in General

From my visit to Illinois, last weekend. With Marty Bugg. The first photo is my best shot of a horse in motion in a long time.





Twickenham at Craver Farms last weekend

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on March 12th, 2016 in General

This 2003 Kuhaylan Hayfi stallion (Regency x Kiddleywink by Regency) is, according to Jeanne Craver, the most look-alike of his Regency’s sons, and his second youngest.


Beautiful Reema CF

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on March 12th, 2016 in General

Debbie Mackie’s Reema CF (Trilogy x Fragrance by Regency) was the prettiest mare I saw in my trip to Illinois over last weekend. She is so refined and yet so well built and balanced.




The gorgeous Pulcher

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on March 10th, 2016 in General

I was blown away by Pulcher (a.k.a Anecdote CF, by Triermain CF out of Aniq El Bedu by Iliad), while visiting Jackson Hensley and Alice Martin last weekend.What beauty, what type, what personality, what nobility, what “Arabness”, what “desert appeal” (I am coining the phrase) this horse has! Whew!

Certainly Triermain’s best son.


pulcher again

Mayassah nearing 3

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on March 10th, 2016 in General

This is my 2013 Kuhaylat al-Krush filly, Mayassah Al Arab (Clarion CF x Cinnabar Myst by ASF David). Three years old this summer. I am very proud of this filly I bred for several reasons. She embodies my preservation efforts.


Mayassah 03.2016

The antiquity of her bloodlines is an obvious reason: for instance, Abu Zeyd (Mesaoud x Rose Diamond), b. 1904, is just five generations away. For comparison, he is thirteen generations away in a stallion like Marwan Al Shaqab. The extreme rarity of her lines, too: the stallions Gharis (Abu Zeyd x Guemura by Segario), Fartak (*El Bulad x *Farha), Abu Selim (*Azra x Domow), Tabab (*Deyr x Domow), Royal Amber (Ribal x Babe Azab), and Oriental (Letan x Adouba), were all popular stallions in early Arabian breeding in America, with thousands of descendants in general list Arabians, and she is very much the last Al Khamsa horse that traces to them — and pretty closely too.

The effort I went through to make that breeding happen is a third reason. I leased, then acquired her dam and her dam’s sister from Trish Stockhecke in Canada. They were 19 and 20 years old, and had never been bred before. The older mare was bred to Aurene CF in 2011 (Triermain CF x Aureole CF) but slipped the foal. That was a big loss because she was the better mare of the two. Then Jeanne Craver agreed to take both mares on, and Kirby Drennan agreed to breed the younger mare to Clarion CF (Regency x Chinoiserie). In the late stages of her pregnancy, Kim Davis took the mare to her farm, and foaled and raised Mayassah until weaning age. Mayassah is now at Craver Farms.

Finally, I like how different she is from other Al Khamsa horses. The length of her hip. The strength of the coupling. The inclination of the shoulder. The depth of the girth. The high croup. The balance. You feel you are standing next to an unfolding racing machine. She moves very nicely too, effortlessly, lightly, like a feline, as if there were air cushions under her, and I did not expect that. She has a lot of growing left, and is not three yet. On the downside, the ears are small, and the head, despite the deep jaws and the broad forehead, is plain.

Nutrition: Dental Visit #3 Case Study Elegance CF 2001gm

By Jeannie Lieb

Posted on March 7th, 2016 in General

Elegance had her  third dental visit and second power tool dental procedure on March 1, 2016.  She was ready for another adjustment as I saw her starting to avoid the long stem hay and searching for the fine stuff that falls out during their selecting what hay to eat.  Also, washing her mouth out every 3 or 4 days showed more packing between her left upper dental arcade and her cheek.  My equine dentist sent me a mouth washing tool, bless his heart. What is used is called a “drencher” for sheep and cattle if  you care to look up what those look like.

Here is what her mouth looks like after he finished.


Please note how “short” her right side lower molars are.  This is from years of over grinding on the right side. What he told both myself and my veterinarian, who was present for the special sedation she needs for this type of dentistry, is he isn’t trying to make both sides of her mouth look the same.  He is balancing each side to itself.  The two sides will never look “equal”.  He said if this problem had been caught when she was young it could have been corrected.  But now we go for the most movement on the left side we can get.

When he began the remodeling Elegance could not slide her lower jaw forward when her head was dropped below the horizontal level or slide her lower jaw  back when her head was raised above the horizontal.  She now has some movement both forward and backward.  Think about the implications of not being able to relax her lower jaw and slide it as necessary when being ridden, especially with a bit.

Here is a picture of what it looks like when he is working on her.


King Ali ibn Husayn of the Hijaz on an Arabian steed

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on March 4th, 2016 in Arabia

Oh how much I would give to know the strain and the breeding of this handsome desert stallion. I have a fascination for the mounts of Arab kings, sheykhs and other leaders, and I pay particular attention to the photos featuring them — this one by Gerald de Gaury of King Ali of Hijaz, the last Grand Sherif of Mecca, was featured on Rehanuddin Baber’s facebook page.

That’s because I feel that there are specific reasons these horses have been selected to be ridden on official occasions, when photos were taken. I believe that these horses of kings embody a certain ideal Arabian horse at the time, and can be looked at the equivalent of today’s show champions. This ideal may even influence the tastes of the spectators.

Notice the broad chest, the deep jaws, the short ears, the strong muscular neck, and the big bone. This is what I hope my Jamr (Vice Regent CF x Jadiba) will look like in a few years.

king ali of hejaz

Tunisian Arabians

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on March 3rd, 2016 in General

We need a concerted, sustained c ollective effort to save what remains of the Asil Tunisian Arabians before the French invasion for racetrack pseudo-Arabian makes is too late. This is the gorgeous 1963 Kuhaylat al-Ajuz mare Naziha (Chetoui x Chouka by Ibn and Idara by Ibn Fayda and Selma by Azem and Isaoub by Negrach).

Naziha, an Asil mare of Tunisian bloodlines

Mokhtar winning the Latakia race in 1993

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on February 11th, 2016 in General, Syria

I scanned this archive photo of a famous event among Syrian horse breeders, the Latakia race of 1993, which I attended with my father. Arabians from all over the country and neighboring ones flocked to this national event, the first of its kind on such a scale.

This is a photo of the finish line of the eighth and last race, over a distance of 2000 meters. Mokhtar, Basil Jadaan’s black desert-bred Kuhaylah al-Krush, (now in France and turning 30 next year) won the race, with minimal training. Khalid, Mustafa al-Jabri’s Saqlawi Jadran (Mahrous x Khalidah) came a close second.

The biggest surprise was the third place (not showing in the first picture, but to the right in the second one) of Hakaya, the black desert-bred Shuwaymah Sabbah of the Sheykh of the Bedouin tribe of Tai. She was 15 years old, heavily in foal, ridden bareback, without formal training, by a bulky Tai Bedouin (the others were ridden by professional jockeys), and without a bit… only a Bedouin halter.

Let me write this again to let it sink in: a 15 years old mare, heavily in foal, ridden bareback, without formal training, by a bulky Bedouin, and without a bit coming third in a 2000 meter race.

mokhtar latakia race 1993


In the second photo, you can barely see Basil holding Mokhtar’s bridle in the middle (his head almost entirely hidden by the cameraman’s device); the late Mostafa holding Khalid’s bridle to the left, and that Tai Bedouin to the right, riding Hakaya … with the white Bedouin bridle (rashmah). I took the two photos from my seat. I still remember this day vividly.

Thalia CF yesterday morning

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on February 10th, 2016 in General

Jeannie Lieb took this beautiful photo of Thalia CF (Javera Thadrian x Bint Dharebah by Monsoon). She looks so much like her sire Thadrian, and his sister Cheslea, and his other sister Janet.

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An early photo of the Davenport stallion Letan, a Hamdani Ibn Ghurab

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on January 28th, 2016 in General

I had not seen this photo of Letan (*Muson x *Jedah) before, but now I understand who some of the pretty faced grey Davenport stallions, like Tantris CF, and Quatrain CF, took after. It comes from Dharebah, through Dhrareb, a son of Letan.


Thalia’s Front Hooves: 2wks and the Rehab is happening

By Jeannie Lieb

Posted on January 21st, 2016 in General


These photos illustrate how the horse grows a new hoof with correct mechanics if it is set up by the trimmer to heal itself.

Thalia’s front hooves were first trimmed by me 2 weeks ago on January 12.  I waited 2 weeks and did a touch-up trim on those front hooves today and took new photos.  I am very pleased with her progress.  She has a long way to go but good stuff is happening.

Of particular note please notice how the hairline is starting to achieve a smooth straight slope to the ground if viewed laterally (from the outside).   The bulge in the hairlines in both the right and left front heels will not disappear until a tighter laminae connection is made further down the hoof wall as it grows out.  This tighter connection will “lift” the coffin bone back into the correct position within the hoof capsule , lowering the now elevated back wings of the coffin bone and leveling the bottom of the coffin bone,  and she will achieve concavity and straight hairlines  in her front hooves as this happens.

A couple of things in her favor for a sooner rather than later recovery, she has very strong bulbs and frogs at the back of her hooves on all 4 hooves.  This allows me to continue to lower the heel hight on the front to help get the coffin bone back level with the ground (or close to it).  I’m only lowering those heels and the frog approximately 1/8th inch every 2 weeks.  She no doubt has has high heels for a lifetime and she needs time to stretch those tendons.

In addition to having a strong rear part of the hoof it is winter.  And the cold temps help keep any inflammation under control as I alter her mechanics.  She is the one wishing for lots of snow!!!

Please also note that you cannot heal laminitis without attending to the diet in addition to hoof mechanics.  She has been placed on a low sugar and low starch, < 10%,  basically hay diet (I have my hay tested so I know it is low sugar and low starch) with just the supplements she needs to balance the major and trace minerals in the hay.

She is doing splendidly.  I couldn’t be happier with her progress.  She was a total peach for the quick trim I did today.   These laminitic horses can be hard to trim because bearing full weight on one of those fronts is painful for them.  The fact she wasn’t pulling away today says we are headed in the right direction!

Laminits and And The Consequences: Thalia

By Jeannie Lieb

Posted on January 14th, 2016 in General

Thalia’s hooves. Where do I begin?

I knew she’d had laminitis (active) in mid-October 2015 due to eyewitness reports. What I’ve discovered, now that she is with me, is she has been having laminitis attacks, off and on, for at least a year. And without supportive care. The coffin bones (P3) in her front hooves have descended so close to the ground that if the compacted sole on the bottom of her hooves were removed (which I’d normally do) her coffin bone would penetrate right through the live sole. What this means is that she has had attack after attack after attack of laminitis and her laminae have torn apart all the way up to just short of the coronary band. Laminae are much like velcro in the way the sensitive tissue adheres to the insensitive horn of the hoof wall. This happens over time, a slow insidious degenerative process.

How am I so sure of this? The state of her hoof tells me this. First lets look at the outer wall.



Each one of those rings represents a laminitis attack. Rings in and of themselves don’t necessarily say “laminitis”, however this clue, along with the angle of her hoof wall and the sole of her hoof scream laminitis, and not just one episode either.

Here is a look of that same hoof from the side.


This photo shows the only tight connection of her sensitive inner hoof to the hoof capsule occurs in the top 1/2 inch of that hoof wall starting at the coronary band. The blue line shows the angle the hoof wants to grow at in order to maintain the connection of the outer wall with the inner coffin bone. The angle of growth from the coronary band tells you the angle of the coffin bone within.

The red line shows where the laminae have separated inside and resulted in what is known as flare. The triangle formed by theses two lines represents “dead” tissue inside the hoof capsule known as the lamellar wedge. The yellow line shows how long her heels are and how far forward from the back of her hoof the ground contact with the heels is. The pushed up hairline represents both the steep angle of the coffin bone and also the excessive pressure of the quarter area of the hoof on the lateral cartilages inside the hoof.

From Pete Ramey’s HoofRehab.com site this film shows what the coffin bone angle would look like inside Thalia’s hoof.


Below is what the lateral view of a front hoof should look like.


Take note of the low heels, the angle of the wall and the angle of the hairline.

Now let’s look at the underside of  Thalia’s hoof. It is always a challenge to show in a picture what I can see with my eyes.


In order to try and show how the sole of her hoof is convex instead of concave I used the rasp flat across her hoof lightly to show that the only places the where the rasp touched were the outer edges of her sole, just barley the tips of her heels, and the medial (inside) wall in a couple of places. You can also see the extreme separation of hoof capsule from the inner hoof in this picture. The separation you see here is not the result of white-line disease. Meaning white-line disease is a result of rotation and laminae death not the cause of the  separation in this case. The yellow lines in this picture show the length of her heels as viewed from the bottom of the hoof. On a good note she has a nice strong and un-compromised frog.

However, her coffin bone is right at ground level instead of snug up inside the hoof capsule. Hence the bulging sole. Here is another picture from the HoofRehab.com site showing what it looks like inside the hoof when this happens.


Her left front hoof looks just as compromised as her right front and her resting stance and walking movement tell me her right front is the more painful of the two front hooves.

Meet Thalia CF 1992gm, Davenport, A Rehabilitation Project

By Jeannie Lieb

Posted on January 9th, 2016 in USA

Thalia CF 1992gm

Meet Thalia CF, a 23yo 100% Davenport mare of very old lines whom Edouard stepped up to give a home to and also hopes to get a foal from in the future. He officially became her owner when I recently picked her up in Virginia and brought her to my place for “rehabilitation”.

All Edouard and I knew about the mare aside from her pedigree, before picking her up, was her age and that she’d had laminitis (founder) in the early fall of 2015. We had seen a couple of pictures of her taken by friends who visited the farm where she lived with her then owner. They had noted Thalia, at that time, resting in a laminitic stance. This resting stance is recognized by the front legs being extended out in front of the body to take weight off the toes, and the hind legs camped under the body to support the weight of the body. This was in mid-October 2015.

Thalia had recovered from that laminitic episode enough to be safely trailered by the time I picked her up on December 28, 2015.

What I saw when she was led out to the trailer, for her trip to my place, was a mare showing classic symptoms of PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction) also known as Cushing’s Disease. To learn about the symtomatic presentation of this condition visit the link:  http://ecirhorse.org/index.php/cushing-s-disease

What is PPID?

“ PPID = pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction = Cushing’s Disease. It is caused by loss of neurons in the brain, originating in the hypothalamus, that send nerve endings down to the pituitary where they release dopamine. Dopamine inhibits/controls the release of the hormones that are elevated in PPID.”(1)

Thalia has a very long, thick coat despite living in a mid-Atlantic state. She has a “beginning to sag” belly, and she has fat pads all over her body even though her ribs are visible through that thick heavy coat. So not only is she presenting as PPID she is also presenting as IR (Insulin Resistant) which is why she has the fat pads.

What is IR?

“Insulin Resistance (IR) is characterized by a loss of insulin sensitivity at the cellular level. The insulin resistant horse is carbohydrate intolerant and the degree of insulin resistance can be assessed and measured as part of the diagnosis and recovery process.”(2)

Photographing white horses in an attempt to show everything one can see with their eyes is difficult. Which is why there were no obvious clues about her issues from the October pictures.

This is Thalia photographed using the flash on Jan 3, 2016 around 7:00pm.


I can see her ribs outlined in her coat, the fat pads on her shoulders and her neck, harder to see the fat pads on her hindquarters.

Now without the flash.


I’ve only noted a very “few” of the fat pads she actually has. In this next photo I’m pinching the fat pad on her neck in front of her withers.


The gold standard for diagnosing PPID and IR is blood work. The ACTH blood test is used for diagnosing PPID and a glucose and insulin measurement from a separate single draw of blood is used for diagnosing IR. These tests will be done, depending upon how she responds to diet changes over the next two months, when the vet is out in late February to sedate Elegance for her next dental visit.

I found out from her previous owner that he did not believe in vaccinations or in chemical wormers. He did feed diatomaceous earth to try and control parasites. However there is no scientific evidence this is effective.

It is possible that Thalia’s “unthrifty” condition, extended belly, ribby appearance and overt-thick coat is due to worm overload. She will be wormed using the rescue horse worming protocol of 3 – once a month doses of ivermectin with one of those 3 doses containing praziquantel for tape worm. I want to give her a couple of weeks to settle in before beginning the worming protocol.

While she may not have PPID I am sure she will test positive for IR.

(1) ecirhorse.org

(2) ecirhorse.org

Hay Analysis: What the output looks like

By Jeannie Lieb

Posted on January 8th, 2016 in General

Hay Analysis Example

Above on the left is the relevant portion of the output provided you by Equi-Analytical for their (601) Equi-Tech hay analysis.  For purposes of education I also added a test for Selenium (not part of the Equi-Tech analysis). I already know I live, and my hay comes from, a selenium deficient area of the United States (and Canada where this hay came from).  On the right side is a portion of the spreadsheet I have for analyzing the diet in total,including all feeds and supplements.   I’ve selected just the hay portion for the purposes of this post.  It shows what 20lbs of hay/day provides the horse.  20lbs/9kg per day is what you would feed a 1000lb/454kg horse if feeding at 2% of desired body weight.

As you can note from the analysis on the right,  this hay provides way too much Iron (Fe) and Manganese(Mn) at a gram each and not near enough Copper (Cu) or Zinc (Zn) to combat excessive uptake of those two potentially toxic minerals.  How do I know there is too much Fe and Mn and not enough Cu or Zn?  I’ve used  the National Research Council Nutrient Requirements of Horses, 6th Edition to create my spreadsheet with modifications suggested by  Dr. Eleanor Kellon VMD .

You can also note that 20lbs/9kg of hay only supplies 0.2mg of Selenium.  Adult horses require between 2-3mg/day of Selenium.   Lack of sufficient dietary Selenium can result in hoof and neuromuscular issues in the horse.  Since Selenium can also be a toxic mineral, if in excess, it is important to understand what is dietarily required by the horse.

Dietary protein in this hay sample exceeds what is required by our 1000lb/454kg horse on a daily basis  but that is not a problem. Excess protein is eliminated via the urinary trace. What is does mean is feed concentrates (grain) are not needed to supplement the hay for protein elevation purposes.

The final point I would like to make regarding this hay is that it is an excellent hay for horses which do not uptake and use sugar correctly.  These types of horses are called IR (Insulin Resistant).  I have two of those in my care right now.  This is a mixed grass hay with little to no legume (clover or alfalfa)  in it.

Jamr at 3.5 years and Wadd at 4.5

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on December 29th, 2015 in General

Equally asil but very different.

edouard jamr

wadd edouard

Young friends

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on December 29th, 2015 in General

Stan, now 10 years old (big boy!) and Haykal, 5 months, are equally handsome and are good friends.

stan and haykal

Mouna, 2003 Shuwaymah mare in Tunisia

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on December 24th, 2015 in Tunisia

Walid’s mare, Mouna (Kesseb x Mamdouha by Ilamane), a 2000 grey, is one of the last, if not the last, asil Shuwaymah Sabbah in Tunisia (Tosca line back to Primevere, a foundation mare of the Tiaret Stud in Algeria).

She is special in that she is a younger mare that is very close to the desert (Barr, Cheikh El Ourbane, Mansoura are very close, and Bango and El Managhi are not far behind). She is also special in that she does not trace to Esmet Ali, who is ubiquitous in Tunisian breeding. She is also rich in bloodlines from the stud of French Navy Admiral Anatole Cordonnier, as it is very rare to find the blood of Cordonnier’s 1959 Ilamane (David x Berriane by Titan) so close up in modern Tunisian pedigrees.

Judging from the photos, Mouna looks like she is a strongly build, well-conformed, deserty mare of the style to be found in Syria before the civil war.



Walid is selling his mare, and wants her to remain in purist hands. If you know anyone who fits the criteria, please let him know.


Rishat Khudr al-Khawwaf

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 in Syria

Still digging into photo archives from ten years ago. These two pictures of the beautiful Rishah Shar’abiyah mare of Khudr al-Khawwaf, taken at sunset in October 2005 near Qamishli, Syria are one of them. Her dam is a daughter of al-Aawar, and the strain traces to the marbat of Hawwash al-Hatmi of the ‘Abdah clan of the Shammar.

rishat khodr

rishat khodr1


Al Ameer Dahess, Shuwayman Sabbah stallion in Syria

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 in Syria

This is one of the few photos I snapped of the young stallion Al Ameer Dahess (Dahess x Mari by al-Aawar) in Garhok, north-eastern Syria in 2005. He is the sire of the Syrian stallion in France Dahess Hassaka (below).

Al Amir Dahess