Want a compact, beautiful and intelligent horse but can’t choose between a Morgan or an Arabian? Well, you don’t have to. You can get the best of both breeds in the Morab. Although breeding the best of one breed with the best of another doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get a good result, in the case of the Morab, this cross has worked spectacularly well.
There are Morabs who look more like Arabians and Morabs who look more like Morgans and Morabs who look like no other breed you can compare to. They are generally about 14.3 to 15.3 hands high (a hand being the equestrian term for “four inches”). Sometimes they get a little shorter or can grow up to 16 hands high.
They have bright, large eyes ever on the lookout for fun. They have large nostrils and a head perfectly in proportion with the rest of their body. The head can be dished like an Arabian’s or straight like a Morgan’s. They usually have broad foreheads which taper down to narrow muzzle. The ever-active ears are usually on the small side.
Morabs share a physical quirk with the Arabian side of the family. Both breed have one less rib than any other horse or pony breed. They also have excellent stamina and lung capacity, thought to be from the Arabian side of the family, too. Morabs get their abundant manes and tails from both sides of the family.
Morabs can come in just about any color of the equine rainbow, including buckskin, palomino and sabino, but mostly they are in the usual horse colors of bay, brown, chestnut, black and grey. The only color pattern not allowed are any Appaloosa patterns.
Built To Suit
Morabs are bred to be fun, friendly active horses that are jus the right size, temperament and strength to do whatever you ask your Morab to do. Today, Morabs are show horses in all disciplines, pull carriages, make excellent trail horses, parade horses, overall riding horses and companions. There’s just something about a Morab that makes you itch to either swing up in the saddle.
Although Morabs possess a slim grace, they are not fragile horses. Their frames are far more powerful than they first appear. Their legs may be slim, but they carry a broad chest (and those amazing lungs) and slightly muscled hips. Their hooves are “round feet of proprtionate size” in the Morab registry, which translates as being neither too big nor too small, wide but not so narrow that they can’t support the horse’s weight(which can be a problem in other breeds).
The Morab breed also emphasizes a good temperament as well as beautiful and functional looks. Morabs are very intelligent. If you train one with patience and persistence, then you will have a great horse. If you try to rush things or treat the horse too roughly, they will only learn that humans are scary.
- Storey’s Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America. Judith Dutson. Storey Publishing, 2005.
- The Encyclopedia of Horses and Ponies. Tasmin Pickeral. Parragon Publishing; 2003.
- International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. Bonnie Hendricks. University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.
- International Morab Breeders’ Association. “Why Breed a Morab?”