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The Arabian stallion is one of the best-recognized horse breeds in the world. The Arabian horse has origins that are thousands of years old and has become a widely-bred breed of horse, due to its salient characteristics. The Arabian horse also happens to be an ancestor of horses like the thoroughbred, the Morgan, and the quarter horse. The coat color of a purebred Arabian horse is bay (reddish-brown), but other common coat colors include gray-white, sabino, and roan.

An Arabian stallion is an adult, breeding-age male that is known for his endurance, stamina, and fast speeds. The Arabian horse is people-oriented and extremely intelligent. It is a great animal breed that makes for a great companion and responds with anxiety and nervousness only when treated negatively. Arabian stallion breeds tend to be more compact than other horses and, although the American quarter horse breed beats the Arabian stallion when it comes to numbers, no other breed of horse is more widespread in so many different regions around the world.

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Fun Arabian Stallion Facts For Kids

What do they prey on?

Grass, grains, hay, vegetables, and some fruits

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

800-1,000 lb (360-450 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

57-61 in (145-155 cm)

What do they look like?

Bay, gray, black, chestnut, white, sabino, and rabicano

Skin Type


What were their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Not Listed

Where you'll find them?

Plains, And Desert Habitats, Stables, Prairies


North America, And Australia, Yemen, The Middle East, The Arabian Peninsula









Arabian Stallion Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an Arabian stallion?

An Arabian stallion is a horse.

What class of animal does an Arabian stallion belong to?

The Arabian horse belongs to the mammal class of animals.

How many Arabian stallions are there in the world?

There are more than one million Arabian horses in the world, with about 663,000 in the USA alone.

Where does an Arabian stallion live?

Arabian horses originally lived in the desert, before their domestication about 5,000 years ago.

What is an Arabian stallion's habitat?

Arabian horses, having originated in the Peninsula of Arabia, lived in harsh desert conditions, which is how they evolved to need less food than other horses. From these sandy, hot days and cold, dry nights, they have become adapted to a variety of different habitats such as grass plains, stables, and meadows.

Who do Arabian stallions live with?

Arabain horses typically live in herds, where they are leaders.

How long does an Arabian stallion live?

The average life expectancy of an Arabian horse is about 30 years.

How do they reproduce?

Male Arabian horses reproduce by mating with mares, much like other horses. Mares give birth to foals after gestating for around 11 months. The nursing period for a foal is two years in the wild and six months in a domestic setting.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Arabian horse is Not Listed.

Arabian Stallion Fun Facts

What do Arabian stallions look like?

Arabian horses are characterized by large nostrils, arched necks, small but muscular bodies, big eyes, and small muzzles. They also have a large forehead. They are about 57-61 in (145-155 cm) in height and weigh about 800-1,000 lb (360-450 kg). A purebred Arabian stallion may have bay (brown, reddish-brown), gray, black, or roan (pigmented white) colors. They may also be sabino, which is when a horse has white markings; or rabicano, a limited roan pattern. Of all these, the most frequent colors of an Arabian stallion are bay, chestnut, and gray. The body of an Arabian stallion is compact and beautiful to look at, with all these different colors of coat, and to get these different colors, an Arabian horse can be crossbred. Also, they have a high tail carriage, and their croup is comparatively level. An Arabian horse may also have face markings and leg stockings.

Close-up on the face of a stallion.

How cute are they?

An Arabian horse is a very cute animal. Its beautiful, even coat, its carried tail, its high intellect, and its tame manners with humans makes it very endearing and cute.

How do they communicate?

Arabian horses communicate via sound cues and body language. With each other, Arabian horses may relay messages with a simple sound, or by flicking their ears. Arabian horses know these skills from birth. An Arabian horse, much like other horses, may whinny to say 'who will be my friend?', or make other noises to say 'come to me'. The Arabian horse may also make a sound to convey that it is alarmed or squeal as a warning.

How big is an Arabian stallion?

The Arabian horse is 57-61 in (145-155 cm) tall, which makes it six to nine times bigger than a pygmy rabbit.

How fast can an Arabian stallion run?

Being among the fastest horse breeds in the world, the Arabian stallion can run up to speeds of 40 mph (65 kph).

How much does an Arabian stallion weigh?

An Arabian Stallion weighs about 800-1,000 lb (360-450 kg)

What are the male and female names of the species?

Much like other horses, the male name of an Arabian horse is 'stallion', and a female is called a 'mare'. So, an Arabian stallion means an adult, male Arabian horse.

What would you call a baby Arabian stallion?

A baby Arabian stallion would be called a 'foal'.

What do they eat?

The Arabian stallion is a breed of horse that can survive for long periods with little food. Its diet includes grass, grains, hay, vegetables, and some fruits.

Are they dangerous?

No, as a domesticated breed of horse, the Arabian stallion is among the safest horse breeds. However, the Arabian breed of stallions does not respond well to abuse. They become agitated and nervous when treated badly.

Would they make a good pet?

The Arabian stallion horse breed makes an excellent pet. They are intellectual, smart beings that respond positively to human interaction. However, their upkeep requires a lot of commitment in terms of both time and money.

Did you know...

All Arabian stallions have black skin (epidermis) underneath their coats, which are mostly bay-colored.

Arabian horses have one fewer vertebra on their backs, which makes them shorter in height than other horses. Also, the reason for their distinctive high tail is a missing tailbone. Arabian Stallion horse breeds are also missing one of their ribs, instead of 18 ribs, they have 17 ribs.

Several popular breeds in the world such as thoroughbreds, and Morgans owe their origins to the Arabian stallion. It is the most people-oriented, and high-endurance horse breed.

The 18th century marked the breeding of Arabian horses in the light cavalries of European nations. Today, the breeding of Arabian horses is a large trade in the world. There are about four breed standards that assess the quality of an Arabian stud-bred horse. Most horses today, including the Arabian stallion are bred in a stud farm.

These horses are now bred mostly for recreational riding purposes. The Arabian horse's physical prowess and its mild nature make it a perfect animal companion. The horse's lower maintenance requirements (comparatively) is another favorable trait, as well as its strong physical foundation. Leisure riding, endurance riding, and trail riding are some of the activities they get used to. Since they are people-friendly and highly intelligent, the Arabian stallion is a perfect horse for beginners.

The head of an Arabian horse is wedge-shaped. A rabicano horse typically has a solid-colored head and legs.

The average height of Arabian horses can also be given as 15 hands which is equivalent to 60 in (152 cm).

Significant levels of inbreeding are likely to exist among Arabian horses.

On average, Arabian horses cost around  $5,000 to $30,000, with some top stallion breeds selling at $80,000 to $150,000 from the best breeders.

One of the unique features of the Arabian horse is its smaller body and short back.

Arabian stallions are believed to have been wild horses in Yemen, and they were domesticated by the Bedouin tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. War is one of the main reasons that Arabian horses have spread in use around the world. The Bedouins were initially responsible for selective breeding certain bloodlines of Arabian horses, mainly mares and they took full advantage of their high performance in war.

Fiery Arabian war horses were also art subjects during the times of Ancient Egypt. The Arabian horse has also been a prominent presence in European armies throughout history.

What is so special about Arabian horses?

The Arabian breed of horses is said to be the oldest purebred horse in the world. They are known to have originated in the Middle East, at least 5,00 years ago.

One of the most special things about the Arabian stallion is the famous and prominent personalities that have mounted the breed throughout history. George Washington allegedly introduced the Arabian stallion to America, breeding it with other horses to create stronger and higher-endurance breeds. Its famous riders also include Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and Napoleon.

Why do Arabian horses have black skin?

Underneath their coat, Arabian horses tend to have black skin. This is unique among most horse breeds and the reason for this is that during their wild days in the desert, before being domesticated, this black skin would help to protect and shield them and their epidermis from the hot sun. The most common coat color of the Arabian stallion is bay.

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Written By
Dhruvit Patel

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