WAHO 2017 Conference is in Bahrain

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 in General

Check out the link here.

Bushra, Ju’aythiniyah from the Tahawi, now Al Khamsa mare

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on November 19th, 2015 in General

Yasser Ghanem’s beautiful and powerful Ju’aythiniyah mare, of Tahawi bloodlines and going back to the ‘Anazah Bedouins, is now Al Khamsa, since October 2015.


Nutrition: Dental Visit #2 Case Study Elegance CF 2001gm

By Jeannie Lieb

Posted on November 18th, 2015 in General

What a difference a dental visit makes!  Before I show pictures of Elegance’s teeth before and after her dental work, let me first show an equine dental numbering chart :

The Triadan system in the horse. Based on an image supplied by David Crossley


My previous post showed Elegance’s upper left premolars and molars having a 45 degree wear angle. Now, with her sedated and her head supported by a padded “Y” stand, I can show you pictures of her mouth before the equine dentist, Ron Panarelli EqDP, began his work.

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Her condition is called “Shear Mouth”. This is a condition that develops over years. They are not born with this and it is preventable.  Notice all the chewed hay stuck between her teeth on the left side and her cheek. Also notice how swollen the tissues on the inside of her left cheek look. This picture was taken AFTER a thorough rinsing of her mouth.

Here is what her lower jaw on the left side looked at before Ron began his work.


As you can see the angle of her lower molars and premolars is the mirror image of her upper molars and premolars.

Because the teeth on the left had worn to this pathologic condition, she was doing all her chewing on the right side of her mouth.


She attempted to use the left but she had no side to side motion on that side with the jaw being blocked from sliding across those upper teeth due to the excessive angle of the upper arcade. This lack of motion  which accounts for the wad of chewed hay (known as a quid) poking out the left side of her cheek.

There were also common equine dental problems on the right side of her mouth such as sharp points, hooks, and one ramp.  These problems caused both pain in chewing and also restricted the forward and backward motion of the lower jaw.  If a horse cannot move its jaw freely forward and backward and side to side when being ridden in any kind of bridle, bitless or with a bit, that lack of motion is going to cause the horse pain as the rider asks the horse to adjust its head carriage in response to pressure.

What was accomplished in this second visit:

  • Reduction of  excess transverse ridges (visit link equine dental procedures for a description ) on the surface of the teeth that are too tall or have a sharp point at the top. These ridges interfere with chewing by restricting front-to-back jaw motion and are unworn enamel and develop due to the soft diet domestic horses eat.
  • Removed all buccal (cheek side ) and lingual (tongue side) points (visit link common equine dental problems for picture and description ).
  • Removed 406 ramp ( visit link common equine dental problems for picture and description) .
  • Removed 111 hook (visit link common equine dental problems for picture and description).
  • Reduced buccal rim angle on upper left arcade (molars and premolars)
  • Contoured caudal (back of) 209 to rostal(front of) 211 to help with food flow past the piece of molar gone from 210.

This was the first of several visits where Elegance will require veterinarian attended sedation and the use of power driven dental instruments.  The equine dentist will visit her again in March 2016.

Elegance  still has a long way to go but even this little improvement has made her more comfortable.  She is brighter and she no longer requires her grain to be soaked so she can chew it.  She is even spitting out quids (chewed but not enough) hay from that left side of her cheek which she couldn’t do before the this dental work.



Mares and colt grazing this afternoon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on November 16th, 2015 in General

To the left, “Lady” (CSA Baroness Lady), 1999 grey Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah and her colt by Monologue CF, to the right, “Ginger” (DA Ginger Moon), 1998 chestnut Saqlawiyah Jadraniyah, barren from Bahraini Mlolshaan stallion. Below, the Ma’naqi colt, who is absolute stallion material. Compare with the last photo, feauting his sire Monologue CF







Belle this afternoon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on November 16th, 2015 in General

Belle — Jadah BelloftheBall — is showing her pregnancy and looking good. I bet that’s thanks to the wonder diet you recommended for her, Jeannie Lieb. None of my other horses looked as good this afternoon.


The best blood in the world: Quamar El Leil, asil Arabian stallion from Algeria

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on November 11th, 2015 in General

When growing up in the Middle East, I would always look forward to the prospect of hearing the whinny of stallions in the stables, farms and racetracks, and it was an integral part of the experience of turning stallions loose in paddocks.

Seeing this video brought this experience back to mind. It also made me realize how “quiet” and “muted” the stallions I have recently been around are. This superb 2009 stallion, Quamar El Lail (Ratib x Mascara by Larabi out of Saguia by Guercif — sire line Bango, dam line Wadha, strain Jilfan Dhawi), is one of the last four (yes, four) Algerian asil Arabian horses, owned by the Algerian National Stud of Tiaret/Chaouchaoua. His pedigree is a succession of legends often featured on this blog in previous years: Bango, Ghalbane, Safita, Masbout, etc.

 Quamar el lail pur sang Arabe par Ratib Mascara
Posted by Haras National Chaouchaoua on Friday, October 17, 2014

Jean-Claude Rajot, who is very familiar with the asil Arabians of Algeria, tells me the whinnying is characteristic of the bloodlines of Quamar El Leil.

Another photo of the Krush mare of the ice cream man, Syria

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 31st, 2015 in General

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Broodmares at Craver Farms in 2002

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 29th, 2015 in General

Pirouette CF in the center (and the center of my interest back then), Wisteria to the right, turning her back and acting like the aloof princess she is, and unidentified chestnut mares at Craver Farms in 2002. Click to enlarge.

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Brassband CF with Charles and Jeanne Craver in May 2002

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 29th, 2015 in General

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Brassband in 2002 at Craver Farms

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 29th, 2015 in General

I am not sure I posted this  photo before, but it shows Brassband (Plantagenet x Tyrebah) at Craver Farms, with my father in 2002. Click to enlarge.



Another photo of Flourishes CF

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 28th, 2015 in General


With owner Gail Wells.

Enter Flourishes CF

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 27th, 2015 in General

One of the most striking stallions bred at Craver Farms is the 2001 grey Flourishes CF (Lydian x Fragrance by Regency) with Randal Abler and Gail Wells in Georgia. Jeanne Craver, Jenny Krieg and Darlene Summers who saw him on the way back from the Al Khamsa Convention In Floriad were all taken by him. Jeanne even said that he looked like those paintings of the legendary Weil stallion Bairactar. I never saw him but the photos below, by Jeanne and Darlene, are a testimony to that.






Vice Regent CF last week

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 24th, 2015 in General

Vice Regent CF (Regency x Violetta by Salutation) is the sire of my Jamr, out of Jadiba. He will be 24 years old now. Photos by Jeanne Craver last week. He looks regal. I love that big eye (wish Jamr had inherited that).




The regretted Carver DE, asil Saqlawi Jadran stallion

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 in General

Carver DE, a Saqlawi Jadran stallion of old Doyle/Crabbet lines, gone too soon. Photo by Lucy Doyle.

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Sayfia, Wadeeha’s daughter

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 22nd, 2015 in General

This mare is the daughter of the mare featured in the entry below. Same breeder, a Bedouin of the Fad’aan. I had written about her breeding in the early times of this blog, here.


Wadeehah, asil Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah in Syria, 1997

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 21st, 2015 in Syria

New scans, taken in 1997, of Wadeehah, 27 years old, the Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah from Atiyah Abu Sayfayn at Kamal Abd al-Khaliq outside Aleppo. An outstanding mare, born under a tent, and one of purest in Syria.





The mare of Emir Abdallah of Transjordan in 1934

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 20th, 2015 in General

Rehan Ud Din Baber has this amazing Facebook page where he displays dozens of pictures of desert Arabian horses in their original environment. Most of the photos are from the US Library of Congress Digital Archives. My absolute favorite is this photo of the  mare of Emir Abdullah of Transjordan. The photo, taken by John D. Whiting, has the following caption: “Emir Talal’s wedding. Emir Abdullah’s mare. The bridegroom wedding mount. c. 1934 – 35“. If this mare was the mount of the Emir (later King) of Jordan, and the mount of his son on this special day, then she must have been the best mare of the Jordanian royal family at that time.

Emir Talal's wedding. Emir Abdullah's mare. The bridegroom wedding mount. c. 1934 - 35

The precise date of the wedding of Emir Talal to his cousin Zein el-Sharaf is the 27th of November 1934. She was the eldest daughter of Sharif Jamil ‘Ali bin Nasser, and was to be the mother of King Hussain of Jordan, born in November 1935.



Tajar “Hunyadi”

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 20th, 2015 in General

Gudrun Waiditschka has this nice article on her website about the stallion Tajar 1811 of Count Jozsef Hunyadi, a foundation stallion of European breeding imported from Egypt by Baron Von Fechtig to the Austro-Hungarian empire. Tajar was from the stud of the Mamluk Murad Bey. He does not have lines in Al Khamsa today.

Ode to the black lady — twenty years on

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 20th, 2015 in General

I was unpacking today and I found my negatives’ scanner in a box I had not opened in years. I also came across some old negatives from the days of our travels to Syria, my father and I, to see desert Arabian horses, so I scanned them. These times did not feel particularly blessed back then, just normal days off from high school or university. If only I knew how fleeting these moments were..

During one of these trips in the mid to late 1990s, veteran Alepine horse merchant Abdel Qadir Hammami took Radwan Shabareq and us a couple hours outside Aleppo — a lawless area now infested with ISIS thugs — to see three mares that had just arrived from the desert. For us it was a chance to see something new and different from the stud farms of our breeder friends. Hammami had brought the mares for a Alepine man, the owner of an ice cream store who did not know much about horses, but Hammami — in his nineties — knew what he was getting. It did not take long for him to admit that he had the mares smuggled from the other side of the border, from Iraq, in the hopes of having them registered them in the Syrian Studbook. Back then there was some talk of reopening the Syrian Arabian Horse studbook to desert-bred horses that had not been registered the first time, which was in the mid-nineteen eighties.

All three mares were first class, but one little black mare with a young colt by her side was just jaw-dropping. My knees started shaking under me as she was led outside her dark stall, an intense and rare feeling so well described by Bogdan Zietarksi upon seeing Kuhailan Haifi Or. Ar. near al-Jawf in 1931:

Finally I hear a neigh, they guide the stallions… they lead the bay Kuhailan Haifi. My legs buckled under me, it is just the horse I am looking for. Not large, dry, on splendid legs without any trace of cow hocks. A long neck, a noble head, although not very small, with distended, thin and moveable nostrils; a splendid high carried tail. I feel, the first time in my life, that during the purchase of a horse I am fainting…

I had not seen anything like this out of the desert before. I frantically pressed my father to purchase her on the spot. We asked how much the ice cream man wanted for her. “Five thousand dollars”, was his answer. He had no doubt taken note of my youthful excitement and spiked up the price accordingly. Five thousand dollars for a yet unregistered mare. I was advised to drop the matter and wait until the ice cream man was more desperate, “to let him simmer”, in local parlance.

Here she is. The black Kuhaylat al-Krush al-Baida of ‘Atallah al-Nassar al-Jarbah, a Sheykh of the Northern Shammar (a minor branch of the Jarbah), a strain he had received from his cousin Mayzar Abdul Muhsin al-Jarbah, who had gotten it from Ibn Rashid of the Shammar of Najd, who had it from the Mutayr Bedouins. She was the daughter of al-Asda’, the Kuhaylan ‘Ajuz ibn Jlaidan (a Najd strain) of ‘Ali al-Basha, son of Basha al-‘Awasi, also a Jarbah Sheykh. Her colt was by the Kuhaylan al-Sharif of Dawwas al-Saadi. Old Hammami knew what he was getting. The essence of asil. The mother of all things asil.

She was eventually registered in the second batch of the Syrian studbook. Then she died. I don’t know what became of the colt, nor if she had other progeny. The human like expression in her eyes still haunts me twenty years after, and I still feel I want to dive into them. She could start talking and I would not be surprised. How much I would give today to be owned by her.

Click on the photos to enlarge them. The ice cream seller is in the second photo, and my father in the third, holding the rope.

kuhaylah al-krush of ice cream seller

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kuhaylah al-krush of ice cream seller 3

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Old, asil Kuhaylat al-Khdili from ‘Anazah

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 20th, 2015 in General

Also from my scans is this photo of old Leelas, the Kuhaylah Khdiliyah (an ‘Ajuz branch, highly esteemed in the Syrian desert) of ‘Abbud ‘Ali al-‘Amud of the ‘Aqaydat Bedouins, which he got from ‘Udayb al-Waqqa’ of the ‘Anazah. He was so attached to her, he would not sell her at any price, even though he was poor and he was getting handsome offers for her. He would not breed her either, because he thought no stallion was worthy of her. In old age, he agreed to lease her to Qatari diplomat Yusuf al-Rumayhi for a year, where she produced a filly by his Egyptian stallion Okaz (Wahag x Nazeema), and when she was in extreme old age, ‘Abbud finally conceded that the Hamdani Ibn Ghurab stallion al-A’war was worthy of her, so he agreed to breed her to him, and she produced a stallion, Saad al-Thani.

She is in her late twenties in this photo. Note the extremely deep jowl, the small cup-shaped muzzle, the lower lip longer than the upper one, the bone structure in the face, and the large eye, naturally lined and extended in black, like kohl makeup. That’s how the Kuhaylans derive their name.


A snapshot from beautiful Biqa’ valley in Lebanon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 20th, 2015 in General

I took this photo in the early 1990s, on one of the trips my father and I used to take to the Biqa’ valley of Lebanon to see our horses. A flock of sheep grazing in the morning sunrise.


My kind of head on an Arabian horse

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 20th, 2015 in General

I have been saying it over and over, but the Kuhaylah Hayfiyah mare FinDeSiecle CF, with Jeannie Lieb, has one of the most beautiful heads I have seen on an Arabian horse. It’s perfection, in my opinion. The eyelashes, the muzzle, the deep jaws, the proportion. A case study.


Wadd October 2015

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 19th, 2015 in General

wadd october 2015

He is growing nicely. Just in July he was still a big colt, a bit clumsy; now he is a young stallion. He put up quite a show, and has some of the trotting and prancing action of his sire Triermain.

Solenn on Wadha!

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 19th, 2015 in General

The day before yesterday marked a milestone in my breeding career: it was the first time I horse I bred (Wadha in 2010) was ridden by a girl I bred (Solenn in 2012). Solenn was feeling very proud, and it was the first time Wadha was around children, let alone being ridden by someone other than her trainer, Sue. She turned out to be very accepting of young children screaming and running around her. Sue says she will be very reliable as a mount for children.

solenn on wadha

wadha oct 2015


Beirut racetrack at the beginnings

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 15th, 2015 in General

There is a very nice Facebook page about the Beirut racetrack at its beginnings, when it was called “Hippodrome des Pins”. It’s full of historical pictures. Here is one of my favorites, which came with the following caption: “The first race meeting was held on 06.10.1921 at the Hippodrome: the meeting consisted of 4 races, each one including between 3 and 5 horses.”

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