- Charles Tschaggeny
- An Arabian in the Desert
- signed and dated C. Tschaggeny 1858 lower left
- oil on panel
The Arabian originated in the Arabian peninsula and was prized by the nomadic Bedouin people, often being brought inside the family tent for shelter and protection from theft. Selective breeding for traits including an ability to relate to humans created a horse breed that is good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please. The Arabian also developed the high spirit and alertness needed in a horse used for raiding and war. This combination of willingness and sensitivity requires modern Arabian horse owners to handle their horses with competence and respect.