Photos of the Day: Mahrous, desert-bred Ubayyan stallion from the Shammar

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 29th, 2010 in Syria

I recently scanned a number of photos of Syrian Arabian horses that I took in the early 1990s, and I will be sharing them with you over the next days and weeks. It makes sense to begin this series of photos with the 1981 ‘Ubayyan Suhayli stallion Mahrous, head sire at the Jabri stud in Aleppo, Syria in the 1980s and much of the 1990s. He is consequently one of the most influential stallion in Syrian pedigrees today. I took these photos in 1992.

Mahrous was a masculine and prepotent stallion, who stamped his progeny. All his sons and daughters inherited his balanced, near-faultless conformation and his good disposition. His head was criticized by some for not being a classic Arabian head with a ‘dish’ — Mahrous had a straight profile and a  — but you can see from these pictures that it had all the essential characteristics of the head of a true desert-bred Arabian stallion: huge soulful eyes, short pricked ears, huge arched cheekbones,  a broad forehead between the eyes, and a clean, delicately arched throat (mithbah). I have already discussed Mahrous’ very well-established pedigree in an earlier entry, to which I refer you (click here).

5 Responses to “Photos of the Day: Mahrous, desert-bred Ubayyan stallion from the Shammar”

  1. Reminds me of many Sirecho type horses….

  2. I guess two heads is better then one? Bottom photo,
    had to look twice!

  3. yes there is the head of another stallion behind the head of Mahrous in the bottom photo..

  4. I tried to remove the other stallion from the photo, and believe I am close. Edouard may not care to publish an image that might have actually retouched the horse, although I tried not to. I’ll send it to him and he can decide….

  5. Wow, love the amount of BONE in those legs! That is a “using” horse.

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