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The Horses of the Sahara


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Table of Contents

  • Preface, by Stuart Cloete
  • Acknowledgments
  • Translator's Introduction
  • Preliminary Chapter. The horses of the Sahara-Sources of information-Guarantees of exactitude-Difficulty of obtaining information-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Numerous treatises about horses written by Arabic sages.
  • Chapter Two. Dealing with the origins of the Arabian horses-A singular letter written by the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Four great eras-God created the horse from the wind-The horse, according to the Koran, is the supreme blessing-The colors of horses according to the terrain in which they live-The moral attributes of horses.
  • Chapter Three. The Barb or Barbary horse-Call a horse Arabian, Barb, Turk, or Persian, he is still the horse of the Orient-Letter from the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Letter from M. Ferdinand de Lesseps describing horseraces in Alexandria-Weights carried by horses in Africa.
  • Chapter Four. The horses of the Sahara-Traditional love for horses as a religious duty-Proverbs-Popular verses-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-The horses of the Sahara are superior to those of the Tell.
  • Chapter Five. The undoubted purity of blood of the Barbs of the Sahara-Families of Arabian horses-The perfection of the horse; the noble horse-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Horses divided into two families: Arabian and foreign horses.
  • Chapter Six. About stallions and mares-Mating-Gestation-Foaling-Care and feeding of the mare and foal-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-The foal takes after the sire-Strictness with regard to the purity of blood lines.
  • Chapter Seven. The training of the colt-Very early training-Training after weaning-Exercise-Names given to horses-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader.
  • Chapter Eight. Feed-Camel's and ewe's milk-Dates-Feeding according to the season-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Rest and fat are the enemies of the horse.
  • Chapter Nine. Grooming, hygiene, and proportions-The choosing of feed and water-Methods of predetermining the height and qualities of a horse-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Method of judging the size and future qualities of a horse.
  • Chapter Ten. Colors-Attributes of certain colors-Splotches-Whorls or tufts-Favorite colors-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader.
  • Chapter Eleven. Selection and purchase of horses-Reasons for disqualification or elimination-Selling methods-The Arabic horse-dealer-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Genealogical trees Poetic quotations and anecdotes.
  • Chapter Twelve. Farriery-Master smith, their prerogatives, their tools-Cold shoeing-Drawbacks of European horseshoes.
  • Chapter Thirteen. Tack-The Arabic saddle, et cetera-Superiority of Arabic tack.
  • Chapter Fourteen. General principles of the Arabic horsemen-Frugality-Sobriety-Respect for a horse-The study of the nature of horses-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Horseracing among the Arabs.
  • Chapter Fifteen. Veterinary medicine among the Arabs-A word about the Arabic veterinary art-Veterinarian sages-Free services-Diseases of the horse-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader.
  • Chapter Sixteen. Gelding of the Arabian horse-Methods employed-Superstitions-Observations of the Emir Abed-el-Kader.
  • Chapter Seventeen. The usefulness to be derived from the native horse-Notes on the Barb or Oriental horse-The use of the Arabian horse-Quotations from the Bible and the Koran.
  • Chapter Eighteen. The Opinion of the Emir Abd-el-Kader with respect to the Arabian horse-The number of days an Arabian horse can journey-The distance covered in one day-An example of sobriety and endurance-Reasons for training horses from an early age-Why mares are more expensive-Pedigrees-Tribes which own famous horses-The homogeneity of Barbs and Arabians-Precepts for the care and feeding of the horse-Draft or work horses.
  • Chapter Nineteen. The war horse-His conformation and attributes.
  • Chapter Twenty. Letters to the author-Opinions of some of the leading horsemen in France-The deplorable conditions into which horse-breeding has fallen.
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Index

About the Author

Sheila M. Ohlendorf was brought up in Mexican mining camps; attended boarding school in Edinburgh, Scotland; lived in Nassau, in the Bahamas, for two years; and has resided in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

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