I am new to this board and am interested in finding out about the old Barb horse I have seen pictures in books from time to time but hoped someone on this board could help me with information on the conformational difference between the Barb and the Arabian and who if anyone is still breeding the old time Barb horse either here or in north africa . Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.
Argolee, go to the main section of this website by clicking the "Home" button above. Then click on "Knowledge Base" and when it takes you there, click on the paper called "The Origin of 3 Breeds" concerning the Arabian, Barb, and Mustang.
I have published on this subject numerous times and I think you will find that this paper amply answers all of your questions.
Don't let anyone tell you that there are 'Barb' horses in the U.S., or that some strains of Mustang are 'Barb'. There is not so much as a single Barb horse in the U.S., nor has there ever been even a single importation. Mustangs are not Barbs, as you will see. -- Dr. Deb
Yes, Persians: In other words, Iranians, where they are able to have the resources to breed any horses. Persia approximately = Iran + Iraq, but the main horse-breeding areas were always in Iran. I used to lecture on this and really needed one of those wall-sized maps because few people in the class would know their geography well enough to say where Iran even was. But after the Gulf War, the Afghan War, the Iraq War, nuclear proliferation in Iran, and then CNN and Fox News to drub it into them -- why, I never have a doubt anymore that someone would know where Iran is. What they don't perhaps realize is that Persia is the name the country was known by in ancient times. -- Dr. Deb