Preliminary Chapter. The horses of the Sahara-Sources of
information-Guarantees of exactitude-Difficulty of obtaining
information-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Numerous
treatises about horses written by Arabic sages.
Chapter Two. Dealing with the origins of the Arabian horses-A
singular letter written by the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Four great
eras-God created the horse from the wind-The horse, according to
the Koran, is the supreme blessing-The colors of horses according
to the terrain in which they live-The moral attributes of
Chapter Three. The Barb or Barbary horse-Call a horse Arabian,
Barb, Turk, or Persian, he is still the horse of the Orient-Letter
from the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Letter from M. Ferdinand de Lesseps
describing horseraces in Alexandria-Weights carried by horses in
Chapter Four. The horses of the Sahara-Traditional love for
horses as a religious duty-Proverbs-Popular verses-Observations of
the Emir Abd-el-Kader-The horses of the Sahara are superior to
those of the Tell.
Chapter Five. The undoubted purity of blood of the Barbs of the
Sahara-Families of Arabian horses-The perfection of the horse; the
noble horse-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Horses divided
into two families: Arabian and foreign horses.
Chapter Six. About stallions and
mares-Mating-Gestation-Foaling-Care and feeding of the mare and
foal-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-The foal takes after the
sire-Strictness with regard to the purity of blood lines.
Chapter Seven. The training of the colt-Very early
training-Training after weaning-Exercise-Names given to
horses-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader.
Chapter Eight. Feed-Camel's and ewe's milk-Dates-Feeding
according to the season-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Rest
and fat are the enemies of the horse.
Chapter Nine. Grooming, hygiene, and proportions-The choosing
of feed and water-Methods of predetermining the height and
qualities of a horse-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Method
of judging the size and future qualities of a horse.
Chapter Ten. Colors-Attributes of certain
colors-Splotches-Whorls or tufts-Favorite colors-Observations of
the Emir Abd-el-Kader.
Chapter Eleven. Selection and purchase of horses-Reasons for
disqualification or elimination-Selling methods-The Arabic
horse-dealer-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Genealogical
trees Poetic quotations and anecdotes.
Chapter Twelve. Farriery-Master smith, their prerogatives,
their tools-Cold shoeing-Drawbacks of European horseshoes.
Chapter Thirteen. Tack-The Arabic saddle, et cetera-Superiority
of Arabic tack.
Chapter Fourteen. General principles of the Arabic
horsemen-Frugality-Sobriety-Respect for a horse-The study of the
nature of horses-Observations of the Emir Abd-el-Kader-Horseracing
among the Arabs.
Chapter Fifteen. Veterinary medicine among the Arabs-A word
about the Arabic veterinary art-Veterinarian sages-Free
services-Diseases of the horse-Observations of the Emir
Chapter Sixteen. Gelding of the Arabian horse-Methods
employed-Superstitions-Observations of the Emir Abed-el-Kader.
Chapter Seventeen. The usefulness to be derived from the native
horse-Notes on the Barb or Oriental horse-The use of the Arabian
horse-Quotations from the Bible and the Koran.
Chapter Eighteen. The Opinion of the Emir Abd-el-Kader with
respect to the Arabian horse-The number of days an Arabian horse
can journey-The distance covered in one day-An example of sobriety
and endurance-Reasons for training horses from an early age-Why
mares are more expensive-Pedigrees-Tribes which own famous
horses-The homogeneity of Barbs and Arabians-Precepts for the care
and feeding of the horse-Draft or work horses.
Chapter Nineteen. The war horse-His conformation and
Chapter Twenty. Letters to the author-Opinions of some of the
leading horsemen in France-The deplorable conditions into which
horse-breeding has fallen.
About the Author
Sheila M. Ohlendorf was brought up in Mexican mining camps;
attended boarding school in Edinburgh, Scotland; lived in Nassau,
in the Bahamas, for two years; and has resided in Mexico,
Guatemala, and Nicaragua.