Morab: An elegant breed of horse originally developed in the United States in the late 1880s through the cross breeding of Arabian and Morgan horses. One of the descendants of these crosses was Gold dust, a famous walker and trotting horse who was very successful in the show ring and on the race track. He sired 302 foals, and many of the breed can be traced back to Gold dust.
Publisher William Randolph Hearst had an extensive Arabian breeding program and a short-lived, but important, Morgan program, which included a program of crossbreeding. Hearst is credited with having coined the word "Morab" for crosses between the two breeds.
The breed has a compact build, refined but substantial bone structure. Due to the involvement of extensive lineages from both Arabian and Morgan breeds there is quite a size range. Generally, most stand between 14.2 and 15.2 hands high, but individuals can range from 14.0 and 16.0 hands or larger.
An intelligent breed with good temperament, they make excellent family horses. All solid colors exist in this breed, with bay, chestnut, and gray being the most common.
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