Barb Horse Wooden Christmas Ornament


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A gorgeous buckskin Barb horse, illustrated on a map of Northern Africa, has been printed on high-quality paper and attached to a wooden ornament. The opposite side has the breed name and information about the breed. Both sides have been sealed with a coat of clear resin to prevent peeling and chipping. Please take care when storing and displaying, as improper handling may result in fading or yellowing. Do not display in direct sunlight.

The Barb or Berber breed (Berber: ⴰⵢⵢⵉⵙ ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ; Arabic: حصان بربري‎) is a northern African breed with great hardiness and stamina. There is a controversy whether Barb horses and Arabian horse share one common ancestor or if the Arabian horse is a predecessor of the Barb breed. When Barb horses were taken to Europe for the first time, they were mistaken for Arabian horses. However, interestingly, they did not share any physical characteristics. The reasons for this confusion could be their similar size with the Barbs and their Berber Muslims handlers whose native language was Arabic. The Barb generally possesses a fiery temperament and an atypical sport-horse conformation but nevertheless has influenced modern breeds, especially stocks like the Standardbred, Thoroughbred, and American Quarter Horse.  Learn more about the Thoroughbred horse here, or the Quarter horse here.

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