By Pure Man
Posted on September 15th, 2009 in General
The video below was shot in Qatar, and the rider is a Bedouin from Bani Hajar, a large branch of the tribe of Qahtan. This way of riding is called “Bdaawi riding”. I believe – but I am not sure – that the mare he is riding is from the from the horses exported to Qatar from the Hasa (al-Ihsaa) eastern province of Saudi Arabia. Most of the horses, the camel and the sheep owned by ordinary Qataris come from the eastern part of Saudi Arabia.
Here in Saudi Arabia, we have several hundred horses like this mare that were not registered in the WAHO accepted studbook, despite being asil. These horses are currently overlooked.
Notice how the mare runs with her hindquarters wide part. The Arabic term for a mare with hindquarters wide apart is “fajhah“. One can also tell this is a racy mare, because of the way she throws her forelegs forward, and the way she pushes her head and her neck forward too.
This type of song is called “Samiri”. The words are, in transliterated Arabic:
“atliqu al-khayl dama al-khayl mukhtalah,
fikku quyudaha banat al-kuhaylah,
nahmidu allahu ‘alyana ‘ammat akhbaruhu”
which means, roughly translated:
“let the horses run, as long as the horses are ridden,
un-tether the daughters of al-Kuhaylah,
we praise God, may his deeds be spread upon us”