Today’s Horse Facts: The Barb

the Barb 2

The Barb horse or Berber horse is a northern African breed with great hardiness and stamina.Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. The Barb does not have particularly good gaits.
  2. The Barb is now bred primarily in Morocco, Algeria, Spain and southern France.
  3. The height of the Barb horses varies between 13.3 and15.2 hands.
  4. The Barb horses are used as military horses and for agricultural purposes.
  5. The Barb’s predominate color is black.
  6. The Barb comes from the coastal regions of North Africa, countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
  7. The Barb is prized for its speed over short distances and its loyalty and docile attitude.
  8. The Barb is a desert horse.
  9. The Barb, like the Arabian Horses, have played a significant role in the development of most other horse breeds in the world.
  10. The Barbs are recognized as critically endangered.

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Well, have you ever heard of a Barb horse before today?  Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Barb Horse expert! Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F    The Barb’s predominate color is gray, but bay, black, chestnut, and brown horses are also found.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

If you want to learn more about this interesting and old breed, look up these other websites to check additional facts about the beautiful and rare Barb Horse breed:

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!


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