Anglo Arab Sardinian
A Sardinian Anglo-Arab horse must obey the same rule as for any other Anglo-Arabian horse and that is to have at least 25 Arabian blood. The country of origin is Sardinia, which is obvious, because of the name itself.
This breed can be also called the Sardinian, or Anglo-Arabo-Sardo AAS, but today the suffix - Sardo - is often dropped and the breed is promoted simply as Anglo-Arabian breed. Crossing Thoroughbred England with a Sardinian horse breed that carries Arabian blood is equal on AAS. The Giara is a smaller native horse and its thought that this horse is the ancestor of the AAS.
They were developed from Barb stock in Roman times and later crossed with Arabians and Thoroughbreds. A long time ago, since the Saracen domination of the island, smaller Sardinian mares were crossed with Arab stallions. In the 19th century, the Italians army needs of cavalry units increased. To meet this goal, breeders crossbred local Sardinian mares with oriental-bred stallions, which were brought from Bedouin desert tribes.
That was at the period from1874-1883 when local mares were also crossed with French Anglo-Arabian. After that started the crossbred between Thoroughbred stallions and Sardinian mares and thus appeared the current version of the Anglo-Arabo-Sardo, which was officially named in 1967. The Sardinian Anglo-Arab horse has a light build with relatively long body members. The head is refined, short, light and straight profile. The eyes are big, nostrils large, ears are small and well set, light neck.
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