Over the years, the Morab has mainly been used to improve other breeds rather than developed for its own merits. This has been changing in recent years, as breeders are seeing the beauty and good action of the horse. Breeding of the Morab has, however, been limited across the U.S. with only a few selective enthusiasts working with the stock.
This horse is found in any solid color with white markings permissible on the legs and face. The head is large and refined, with intelligent eyes. The long neck is heavy but not overly so. The Morab is a muscular horse with long sloping shoulders and a deep chest. The back is relatively short and strong.
This breed was developed in America in the early 1800s. Generally, the horse was an Arabian-Morgan mix and was given space in both stud books until the 1930s. The Arabian-Morgan cross was perhaps most successful in 1854 when the Stallion Golddust was born. Golddust was known for his trotting speed, which he passed on to his progeny. The Civil War hampered further Morab breeding and it wasn't until the eccentric millionaire William Randolph Hearst took an interest in the Arabian-Morgan cross that the horse regained some of its past reputation. It was at this time that the Morab name was applied.
Golddust was produced by L.L. Dorsey in 1854. This stallion was the result of crossing an Arab mare (daughter of the famous stallion Zilcaddie) to a stallion registered Vermont Morgan 69. Golddust was said to be one of the most beautiful horses of his time, and most talented. In 1861, in a match race for $10,000, he defeated Iron Duke.
1. Arabian 2. Morgan 3. Quarter Horse
For more information:
Purebred Morab Horse Association