By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on July 9th, 2012 in General
I am especially pleased with how my little Wadd is turning out; the father-to-daughter inbreeding on Triermain was a gamble, and it paid off. I was worried about him turning out “too pretty”, as in “feminine”, but he’s looking just fine, so far.
Those of you who have been following this blog for some time know that I really dislike feminine stallions whatever their strain, and ‘refined’ (naa’im) is by no means an adjective any Bedouin would ever use on a stallion to praise him. A true Arabian horse is not a poodle nor a china doll. A true Arabian stallion — and only Bedouins set the standard for what ‘true’ means here, at least that’s the truth I choose to abide by — MUST exude and even ooze masculinity, but can be gentle and kind at the same time, although he does not have to.
A true Arabian stallion is a ‘lord of the desert’ — ‘un Seigneur’ as Robert Mauvy would put it; he rules over all the living beings within his sight, including us humans; he “occupies a territory”, in the zoological meaning of the phrase, like lions or wolves; the air in that territory is electrified by his presence; he inspires awe and respect; you don’t pet him, you just pay tribute, if he lets you.
This trend of ‘cute’ and ‘refined’ stallions that is overtaking Western (and by extension, Gulfi breeding, which is taking ‘refinement’ to new heights) Arabian breeding is a western invention that started with Raffles (Skowronek x Rifala by Skowronek) and has been continuing ever since. I am deliberately avoiding modern examples of ‘cute’ and ‘refined’ and ‘feminine’ stallions. I am sure each one of you has at least one in his/her head, so here’s a photo of the ‘immortal’ Raffles, who will hence pay for all the others; isn’t he sooo cute?