A self-confessed horse aficionado, Mohamed Dekkak visits a Moroccan property raising a Barb horse, a desert horse known for its great stamina.
Although not that much is known to the general public, there’s a strong influence that Barb holds upon other breeds of the horse as the Arabian.
Similar to Arabian Horse, the Barb Horse possibly had a strong influence on racing equestrian breeds. Many considered the Barb breed has more influence on racing horses compared to any other horse breed. Its influence can well be observed in a number of other equine breeds, like the Appaloosa, the Mustang, the American Quarter Horse, the Paso Fino, and the Argentinian Criollo.
In the 14th century, the Barb breed turns out to be highly valued across Europe wherein rich families own large racing stables. In England, the barb horse was used to develop other breeds like Thoroughbred for horse racing.
These days, the Barb Horse is largely raised in Morocco, Algeria, southern France, and Spain. Other varieties of the Barb Horse, includes the Tunisian Barb, Moroccan Barb, and Algerian Barb and Abaco Barb.
Due to Barb Horse’s willing personality, the breed may be used for many different functions. As a matter of fact, aside from equestrian sports competitions, these breeds of horses have been effectively used to work both in agriculture and the military. They are also great horses for conventional horse riding, and they can even be used in.
Barb horses are amazing to work with since they have a willingness to learn, making it easy to train them. Most importantly, these horses are gentle in nature which makes them a wonderful equestrian companion for riders, horse owners, and trainers of all levels.
There are several theories about the origin of the Barb breed. One said that this horse would come from a group of wild horses that survived the ice age. Doctors in animal paleontology argue between 1987 and 2002 that he is probably a clean horse in northern Africa, from a domesticated wild horse that has lived there for tens of thousands of years. The Barb horse would be one of the oldest breeds in the world. It was established that the horse was absent during Saharan prehistory. It would have been introduced at the IIth millennium BC. AD. Research in Algeria shows that horses’ bones are found in deposits dating back 4000 years or more. In North Africa, the horse is an integral part of human life, in all its history. Rock paintings representing horses have been found in Algeria. The Barb horse is an autochthonous race from the Maghreb in North Africa (Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya), according to paleontological studies and DNA analysis.. This origin is reinforced by the rock engravings and paintings and by the monuments that exist on the soil of North Africa from Libya to Morocco. These inscriptions represent the domestication of a horse with the morphological characteristics of the current barb horse. The Barb horse has been raised since antiquity for hunting, war, parade, and work. He is the traditional companion of the nomads and breeders of the Atlas and Hauts Plateaux.
The Roman sources attest (under the name of the Barbary horse) of the presence of these horses among the “barbarians”. These animals are traded throughout the Roman Empire and reach many Mediterranean countries such as Italy and France. Mount of the Numidians, the Barb is used by the armies of Julius Caesar deployed during the Gallic Wars. In the vii th and viii th centuries, many Barb horses arrive in Europe with the Muslim conquests. These horses back the royal stables of the courts of Europe since the xiv th century. Antoine de Pluvinel extols their qualities and their abilities to classic dressage.
Barb has influenced many breeds in the world such as the Purebred Spanish and Lusitano as well as the Navarin Horse, the Argentine Criollo, and the Mustang descended from wild barbed and Iberian horses. A presumed barb stallion, Godolphin Arabian, is one of the three founding stallions of the Thoroughbred breed. Erwin Rommelrequisitioned many Barbes horses for the [evasive] Russian campaign.
In France, the race is re-discovered at the end of the xx th century after a long period of neglect. In 1987, a few people organize World Barb Day in Algier. The stud-book is opened in 1989 in France. There are just over 100 births in the French studbook of the breed in 2006.