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At the Royal Stud at Al Roudha, the site of the royal palace, 30-40 foals are born each year. At around ten months of age they are moved to the desert stables, Al Jazayir, where the colts and fillies are separated into two areas of fenced desert, each almost a mile long. They come back to the stable area for shade, water, and to be fed. They are wormed, fed, groomed and have their hooves trimmed but apart from that they are left to enjoy their youth. At the age of three years they are taken to the racing stables to be backed and then at four they will be tried on the racetrack. Any fillies from the more rare family strains will go straight back into the breeding program. “Criteria for the selection of breeding stallions include good conformation, legs, soundness, and temperament,” says Jenny. “Any stallion with these good features who also proves to be a racetrack winner is destined to be a stud stallion. “Mares, too, are proven under saddle but a major deciding factor would be the number of mares that we have of any one family. It’s the mares who give the foals the family name. Lose the mares and we lose the family.”

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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...