WHAT IS A MORAB?
A Morab is a horse that appears powerful, muscular and displays athleticism with grace and distinct refinement. They have good saddle conformation and are compact, smooth and stylish. They reach maturity at 5 - 7 years.
To breed a Morab you start with the two, already famous breeds, the Arabian and the Morgan, who, in their own right, made their place amongst some of the most desired breeds of choice in North America and the world. Blending these two breeds gives you the first generation of a Morab. From then on the Morab is bred to Morab.
With the wonderful presence of the Morgan and the beauty of the Arabian, you can see why blending these two magnificent breeds could produce nothing less than a well balanced, well tempered and beautiful horse.
Though Morabs are new as a registered breed, don't think they haven't been around for a long time. You may or may not be surprised to know that people have been breeding Morabs for over a hundred years. The earliest record of a Morab is in 1855.
As a matter of fact, the famous American publisher, William Randolph Hearst. bred Morabs to work on his 80,000 acre San Simeon Ranch in California and..... he is the one who named them Morabs.
In the beginning years of developing some of the very popular North American breeds of today the Morgan and Arabian played a large role, and within this historical knowledge of the developed breeds, it shows the Morab was part of it... So, in a way, Morabs were a form of the foundation to some famous breeds of today.
Morabs are very distinct. Without a doubt, Morabs are proving they can transmit their distinguishing characteristics to their continued generations, putting the question of breed status to rest! Only the first generation can possess 1/2 Morgan registration, and 1/2 Registration Arabian along with their Registration in the Canadian Morab Registry. This makes the next generation of Morabs register able only in the Canadian Morab Registry.
The average Morab is between 14.2 and 15.2 hands high and weighs between 950 and 1200 lbs. The Morabs skeleton is very different than other horse breeds. Like the Arabian they have one less rib and three less vertebrae, but unique totally to the Morab is the shape of their hindquarters as well as the different pelvic angle. Along with other characteristics, these are the most apparent differences from any other breed.
Taking the Arabian horse, often called the "Drinker Of The Wind" because of its powerful lungs, and combining it with the broad powerful chest of the Morgan, gave the Morab a naturally superior breathing system.
A wide forehead sets off large, dark expressive eyes. A thick mane and tail balances out its muscular build. The Morab's head may be straight to slightly dished with a big powerful jaw in conjunction with a small muzzle.
All well-bred Morabs have a consistently unformed look, with some degree of refinement; with successive generations showing very little if any change from the first generation.
It is this ability to transmit their distinguishing characteristics to their offspring that makes the Morab a distinct breed rather than just another nice cross-bred horse.
How to Produce a Morab in Canada ~
MORABS ARE ALWAYS
50% MORGAN and 50% ARABIAN THROUGH EVERY GENERATION
1st Generation Registered Morgan or Arabian Registered Arabian or Morgan
2nd Generation 1st, 2nd or 3rd Generation Morab 1st Generation Morab
3rd Generation 2nd or 3rd Generation Morab 2nd Generation Morab
All MORABS must be approved in order for their offspring to qualify .A MORAB bred to a Morgan or Arabian DOES NOT produce a MORAB offspring...It only produces a Part bred Morab, a 3/4 Morgan or a 3/4 Arabian