Sometimes in life you can put two things together that are great on their own and get a match made in heaven, like peanut butter and chocolate. The Half-Arabian is a cross that builds on the strengths of the purebred Arabian—athleticism, stamina, intelligence—and adds qualities from another breed to create horses suited for specific disciplines.
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) currently has 348,971 registered Half-Arabians. To be eligible for registration as a Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian with the AHA, the following criteria must be met. (Other registries that accept part-bred Arabians may have different requirements.)
A Half-Arabian must have one registered Arabian parent. The other parent may be 1) a purebred of another breed; 2) a grade horse; or 3) a Half-Arabian.
An Anglo-Arabian cross may be Arabian x Thoroughbred; Anglo-Arabian x Arabian; Anglo-Arabian x Thoroughbred; or Anglo-Arabian x Anglo-Arabian, as long as there is no more than 75 percent or less than 25 percent Arabian blood in the offspring.
Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabians compete in the same classes at AHA-approved events and are eligible for awards through the association.
Here’s a look at four popular Half-Arabian crosses.
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All of the Half-Arabian crosses offer the best of both worlds. From English to western and trail riding to eventing, there’s a Half-Arabian ready to experience the adventure with you.
KARA L. STEWART is a freelance writer and horse owner based in Colorado.
This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine. Click here to subscribe!