By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on January 24th, 2011 in Syria
This is the third feature on the series on uncommon strains, and it features the strain of Kuhaylan ibn Mizhir.
Kuhaylan ibn Mizhir is a little known strain in the West. It is specific to Syria and to parts of Iraq that are adjacent to the Syrian border. The strain belongs to the Bedouin tribe of Tai, who are very proud of it.
The reason it is so little known is that the strain is actually Kuhaylan al-Krush. About eight or ninety years ago, a Tai Bedouin by the name of Ibn Mizhir acquired a Kuhaylat al-Krush from ‘Anazah (either from the Fad’aan or the Sba’ah, and more probably the former), and many in the Tai tribe started calling the strain after its new owner. Other Tai Bedouins stuck to the old Krush strain name.
One of the descendants of this original Kuhaylat Krush of Ibn Mizhir went to the leading clan of the Tai Bedouins, and one of the offspring of this mare then passed to Nuri al-Mash’al al-Jarba of the Shammar, who married a woman from the Tai leading clan.
The Jarba leaders of the Shammar, who took pride in their own Kuhaylan al-Krush marbat (Krush al-Baida, a marbat that came to the Shammar from the Mutayr Bedouins and was from an altogether different Krush line than the Krush of Ibn Mizhir), were reluctant to refer to the mare of Nuri al-Mashal by the strain of Kuhaylan Ibn Mizhir, and reverted to using the older Krush strain.
The Kuhaylat al-Krush mare Ghallaieh, whom Aleppo breeder Radwan Shabareq (who told me this story) bought from Rakan, son of Nuri al-Mashal, and Ghallaieh’s daughter ‘Amshet Shammar (photo below) whom I owned, were from these horses. They could be rightly referred to as a Kuhaylat ibn Mizhir as well, even if they were registered as Kuhaylat al-Krush in the Syrian Stubook. Conversely, the Kuhaylat ibn Mizhir horses can correctly be referred to as Kuhaylat al-Krush.
Generally, strain names are fluid and dynamic and they reflect the preferences and choices of the people who used them.