Great Horses In History Part 2

Continuing the GHIH theme I present you – Magnolia!  All of you are scratching your heads.  Who was Magnolia?  Magnolia was George Washington’s favorite horse.  He was a prized Arabian steed.

George Washington bought Magnolia, for 500 pounds from his step-son Jon Parke Custis’s estate after the British surrendered at Yorktown.  Magnolia was known as one of the most beautiful horses in the colonies, “a chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail, 16 hands tall, and thought by all who saw him to be perfect,” according to the Virginia Journal.  After Magnolia failed as a racehorse he was used to sire many foals.

Unknown speaker Jean Le Mayer said: “I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude for the new offer of the services of your horse Magnolia. I think him an elegant horse and would prefer my mares going to him rather than any one I have seen in America.”

This horse is considered a reasonable facsimile of what Magnolia would have looked like.




Funny Horse Photo

One of my friends has been living in Kuwait for awhile and she recently went to an Arabian Horse farm.  This is what she said about this picture

This girl was one of my favourites – such a character and so affectionate!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Even though this is a bit late (and I live in Canada), I decided to write a post about this.  I got the idea from this post.

Breeds of Horses that I’m Thankful For

First and foremost – the Arabian.  You can check out my post on the Arabian here.

My next favorite is the Palomino.  Not technically a breed but still beautiful.  Check out some gorgeous photos here.

The Morgan.  You can read my post on the Morgan here.

And last but not least – The Pinto.  You can read about the Pinto here.

Here are a few of the great horsey websites and blogs that I’m thankful for.

I hope you like these sites as much as I do.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Horse Diaries #6 Yatimah

Horse Diaries #6: Yatimah

Yatimah, whose name means ‘orphan’ in Arabic is about an Arabian filly living with an Arab tribe that travels from oasis to oasis to be able to survive.  When Yatimah’s mother, Sarab dies giving birth to her, the chieftain won’t even look at Yatimah.  Sarab was his favourite war mare.  (NOTE: In Arabia, mares instead of stallions were used for raids because the stallions would whinny to the other horses, but the mares wouldn’t.  Because of this, mares were much more prized then stallions.)  Yatimah becomes used to the herd and learns about raids when her foster brother Tamil is kidnapped by another tribe.  Will the sheik finally notice Yatimah’s great potential as a war mare?  Or because of his bitterness will Yatimah be forced to stay a breeding mare?  Read this exciting book to find out.

Check out Star’s story here.

I went searching….

I looked at the empty screen.  What could I do a post about?  Normally I have tons of ideas but today my inkwell was all dried up.  So I did the only thing I could – went looking for a great post that I could copy and give credit to the author.  After hours (it seemed) of fruitless searching, I stumbled across this blog.  The very first post I saw, I wanted on my blog, so here it is.


When I was a kid I was very familiar with the Godolphin Arabian, thanks to Marguerite Henry’s, King of the Wind. Ms. Henry took a lot of liberties with the story, but I’ll address that another time. It’s still one of my favorite children’s books and I think it’s a good way to spark a child’s interest in horse history.

Occasionally I would see the Godolphin Arabian referred to in history as the “Godolphin Barb,” so I assumed that Arabians and Barbs were similar types of horses. This is actually far from the truth.

So what is the difference between an Arab and a Barb? And why is the Godolphin Arabian sometimes called a Barb?

Most people can quickly identify an Arabian by it’s more refined build, usually dished profile and wedge-shaped head, and high-set, flagging tail. It’s also consistently in the top five most popular breeds in the U.S., so it’s not hard to find an example. The Arabian originates from Mesopotamia along the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers just north of the Arabian Desert, where it began as an ancient Afro-Turkic horse that was specialized by Bedouin warriors. The Arabian became a horse that could run mostly straight, long distances over desert ground.

So if Arabians and Barbs are so different, why is the Godolphin Arabian sometimes called a Barb?

The Godolphin Arabian’s origins are not known for certain, but it’s believed he was a gift from the first Bey of Tunis, or King of Tunisia, to the King of France in 1729. Because Tunisia is located in North Africa along the Barbary Coast, which was well-known for its Barb warrior horses, it was mistakenly believed that the Godolphin Arabian was a Barb — but he wasn’t. Descriptions of the Godolphin Arabian from the time show that he was about the size of an average modern Arabian (between 14.2 and 15 hands) with a light build, fiery temperament, and high set, flagging tail.

The Godolphin Arabian went on to sire a racing dynasty in England, but that’s a story for another day.

While not as well-known to the public, the Barb has been as influential upon other horse breeds as the Arabian. Its descendants include the Andalusian and Lusitania, and through the historical Spanish Jennet, the Barb is ancestral to the South American Criollo, Paso horses, American mustang, and Quarter Horses and their related breeds.


This post perfectly displays all the details between Barb’s and Arab’s and I’m glad to post it on my blog.  Check out the original post here.

I need the reader’s help……

I need all of your help with something.  I want to decide which story is my best story, which of my poems is the best, which of my posts is the most interesting and which is the most informative.  Comment on this post with the link to the post, poem, or story or just tell what you like about this blog.  Many thanks!