By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on June 27th, 2008 in Syria
This picture of Hakem, the young stallion that is the subject of a previous blog entry, is long overdue. He is pictured at the growthy age of two years old, and in racing condition, so don’t expect to see a show horse, but rather look at the features that make for a good desert-bred arabian horse: big eyes, fine midbah (throat), tiny muzzle, triangular shape of the head, sculpted, inward-turning ears, well sloped shoulder, long neck, high withers, shiny skin, deep girth, short, straight back, etc. There is also the flowing action, and electrifying presence, which the picture does not render. In short, I think this horse has it all. Give him time to mature and you’ll see. These creatures are not complete before they are six or even seven years old. They mature very slowly.
He reminds me a bit of the pictures of the desert bred stallions *Hamrah, imported as a young stallion to the USA in 1906 by Homer Davenport.
It seems that, shorly after the visit during which I took this picture, some people from Damascus came and bought the horse. He is now being used as a stallion. Is a good horse ever going to be left in the desert?