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At Umm Jidr the stallions are kept in the time-honored manner, out in the open by day, tethered by a front pastern, each one just a few feet from the next. Each stallion has his spot for his lifetime. At night they return to their stables — a routine that is reversed in the summer. Most of the stallions are ridden for exercise. We marveled at how quiet and relaxed they all were, and the intimate knowledge that Sheikh Sultan had of each of them. We asked, for instance, “Who is that white stallion, fourth row back and third from the left?” And he recited “the yellow one’s” pedigree, and those of the stallion’s neighbors, too. My eye went to the gleaming chestnut, closest to where we were seated. Sheikh Sultan smiled, “This is Saidan. In the evening, I sit on this bench and Saidan lies down beside me and I feed him dates. The horses are my friends. Being with them makes me feel peaceful. Happy.”

Facing page and above: The stallion Obeyaan Azheer M361. Left and below: At Umm Jidr the stallions are kept in the traditional manner, tethered by a front pastern, each one just a few feet from the next.

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Bahrain — Host of the 2017 WAHO Conference  

In February 2017, this lovely island nation will welcome guests to the World Arabian Horse Organization conference, by Denise Hearst. Photos...

Bahrain — Host of the 2017 WAHO Conference  

In February 2017, this lovely island nation will welcome guests to the World Arabian Horse Organization conference, by Denise Hearst. Photos...