Bedouin Heritage – The World of the Arabian Horse. Seven Pillars of Breeding Arabian Horses.

Author: Dr. Matthias Oster, Equine Veterinary and breeder of Arabian horses in Germany.

Publisher: Dr. Matthias Oster

Copyright 2016 by the author

Hardcover, 280 pages, illustrated with colored photographies


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Weight 1.4 kg
Dimensions 30.5 x 21.5 x 2 cm

About The Author

Dr. Matthias Oster

Dr. Matthias Oster

Born in 1961 in Nuremberg, Germany, he studied veterinary medicine at the Free University of West Berlin from 1980 to 1985. Promotion for a doctor of veterinary medicine on the subject of horse fertility in 1988. After several years in different equine hospitals in Germany and two years as resident veterinarian at the Bavarian state stud of Schwaiganger, he acquired a special post-graduate diploma as a “Fachtierarzt für Pferde“ (specialized equine practitioner). Independent equine practitioner in Seßlach, Northern Bavaria, since 1988. Married to Gabriele Seidlitz, four children. Breeder of Straight Egyptian Arabians.

The roots of Islam and of the societies of the Near and Middle East reach back into the nomadic and pastoral Bedouin society. This book, Bedouin Heritage, will take the reader on a journey. On a journey back in time and into a world gone forever. Today the life of the nomads is only alive in rudimentary form, but it still influences the Arab countries and the Arab sedentary mentality to a very great extant. hence, anyone trying to study the situation of the Arab world and to understand the peculiarities of the Arab mentality and the distinguishing features of Arab life must return to the source of these traits and features in the desert and Bedouin life (Jabbur).

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Anne Brown: “Every so often, a scholarly book comes along that takes your breath away by the depth of its research and the breadth of its knowledge.
“Bedouin Heritage” by Dr Matthias Oster is such a book. In 270 well-illustrated pages, it looks at the world of the Arabian horse in the context of its homeland and the life of the desert nomad. While the camel was the backbone of the pastoral Bedouin life, and essential to survival, the Arab horse was the gift from Allah and the pride of its master.
Dr Oster takes us on an inspired journey, first through the harsh habitat of the desert, then the history of the tribes who roamed it, from pre-biblical times, through the rise of Islam, to the Abbasids, the Mamluks and the Ottomans. The modern era has seen the virtual disappearance of the nomadic way of life, but the culture and the love of the horse remain. This fascinating insight in Bedouin society, the family order, the laws of hospitality, the role of the sheikh, and the importance of an ‘asil’ horse help us understand why the Arabian is still so respected and treasured. He quotes many of the glorious poems in Arabic honouring the desert horse.
The analysis of the tribes, and the strains of their Arabian horses – the Kuhailan, the Saqlawi, the Hamdani Simri, the Hadban Enzahi, the Shuweyman and others – are covered in detail, with the attributes of each examined.
Of particular interest the Arab Horse Society members is the tribute he gives to the Blunts who travelled through the Middle East in the 1880s searching for the finest horses to start their stud at Crabbet Park in Sussex.
The chapter on genetics is of particular value out-lining the Bedouins’ breeding principles for desired conformation and temperament and their use of line-breeding, in-breeding and out-crossing. The author describes the characteristics most desired respected by them. He quotes from many writers, including a translation from Erika Schiele who makes the important point that: “Textbooks were not known to the Bedouin; their judgement was based on neither rules nor dogma, but on years of daily observations and the experience of their forefathers.”
Other sources include Homer Davenport and his moving description of riding the snorting war mare Wadduda into a desert sunset back in 1906, before her export to the USA.
Oster himself concludes that breeding a horse that combines the characteristics of a war horse and a family horse “remains a challenge in handling those animals.”
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Hans J. Nagel: “Das vorliegende Buch „Bedouin Heritage, the World of the Arabian Horse“ erinnert ein wenig an zurückliegende Zeiten, in denen man dem arabischen Pferd mit viel Neugier begegnete, eingedenk dessen, was es an mannigfachen Aspekten zu bieten hat. Es ist daher erfreulich, daß nun wieder ein Buch vorliegt, das einen großen Bogen spannt von den Anfängen dieser Zucht im Orient bis hin zu den aktuellen Erkenntnissen der Wissenschaft, die diesem Thema neue zusätzliche Impulse zu geben in der Lage sind. Deutlich wird dargestellt, daß diese Arabische Pferderasse in ihren Anfängen und danach für viele Hunderte von Jahren in seiner Entwicklung mehr von seiner kargen Umwelt geprägt wurde und erst an zweiter Stelle von dem wenigen dürftigen Wissen seiner Züchter, den Bedouinen. Beiden Themen wird breiter Raum gegeben und durch umfangreiche Literaturhinweise sachlich dargeboten und unterstützt. Erst in den letzten 200 Jahren, so ist zu lesen, haben Pferdeleute überwiegend aus Europa, diese Entwicklung zu interpretieren versucht und in die Weiterzucht eingegriffen, begleitet von allerlei Abwegen und mancher Träumerei, wie man es denn gerne hätte. Es ist empfehlenswert, dieses Buch gründlich zu lesen, sowohl die fremdartig und erstaunlich wirkenden Anfänge in der Arabischen Wüste als auch die Darstellung der heute bereits angewandten analytischen Methoden, die dazu geführt haben, daß manches zuvor so hoch gelobte Gedankengut nicht der Realität entspricht. Es wird mit dieser Entwicklung weitergehen und zusätzliche Aufklärung und neue Aspekte in die Zucht dieser Pferde bringen. Dieses Buch mag zum Denken anregen, wie weit die heutige Umwelt – üppige Fütterung, Trainingsställe und künstliche Vermehrungsmethoden – diesen Pferden noch entspricht. Der Logik folgend müßte ein anderer Araber als „der aus der Wüste“ künftig die Pferdewelt bevölkern.“
Hans J. Nagel, President of WAHO

Susanne Bösche: “’Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars’ is written in the proverbs of King Salomo. Not only T.E. Lawrence`s (1888 – 1935) book “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” took its bearings from there. The new book “Bedouin Heritage” of Dr. Matthias Oster offers seven pillars, which give a lift into an informative, rich, in parts spiritual journey to the history of the Beduins, combined with science. Shimmering heat, sand storms, barren food. Merciless nature coined the Arabian horse, as well as the close community with men through centuries, formed it into a breed, estimated throughout the world today. By his book “Bedouin Heritage”, published in 2016, the veterinarian Dr. Matthias Oster, himself a breeder of Arabian horses, takes the reader along on a journey into the past and calls into our attention the irretrievably life of the Bedouins.
He offers a new and fascinating perspective on the Arabian horse, enveloped with citations and poetic verses -without lapsing into transfigured romanticism. Always Dr. Oster is able to give reference to the modern breeding of Arabians and offers to the reader new approaches for our modern world shaped by technology.“