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The Egyptian Alternative-Breeding the Arabian Horse, Volume 1 Hardcover – June 1, 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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As the source and foundation of Egyptian Arabian breeding, it is important for breeders to learn as much as possible about the E.A.O. and breeding in Egypt. El Zahraa is at the core of many of the key issues. The Egyptian Alternative presents a well thought out approach to preserving all the bloodlines and to utilizing them in a careful way that will insure they remain an integral part of our cultural heritage. --Ahmed S. Hamza, Former Chairman, E.A.O.

Through the years there have been many books and publications about the Egyptian Arabian horse but few have been written by an Egyptian. We now have The Egyptian Alternative which has been written by a local breeder who maintains a breeding philosophy that remains close to the traditional approach and does not follow the current strategy of adding specific refinement to the basic characteristics. He believes that many of the trends introduced by the West into the show ring have deviated from the original principles. Paraskevas also presents a different interpretation on the history of the Egyptian Arabian as published by several researchers, historians and breeders. He has done his research and homework in a very thorough manner and while occasionally controversial, the book will trigger discussions and debates for some time. As such it is a must read work. --Dr. Nasr Marei, Ph.D., Al Badeiya Stud Farm

I have known Philippe for over 25 years and have always felt that he is a real lover of the Arabian and a true breeder. In this time we need devoted people like him who still love and care about El Zahraa. Serious Arabian horse people should read this book to learn what is a real Arabian and how to live with this noble creature. --Dr. Ibrahim Zaghloul, Director E.A.O. (Retired)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Obelisque Publications; 1st edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9771788108
  • ISBN-13: 978-9771788102
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ralph J. Suarez on October 9, 2010
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The author presents ideas, arguments and philosophies which have been discussed among the community of straight Egyptian Arabian Horse breeders. Some of these concepts have caused heated arguments in our community and caused heartache and trouble. It is important to recognize the passion these horses cause in the lives of the people who adore them. So, as far as presenting any new or extraordinary information, that's not this book. It's more like one man's love song to Egypt's national treasure: The Egyptian Arabian Horse. While I agree with the author on some points, there are many other areas which I strongly don't agree with or frankly, have not formed any opinion. That's good, because a book like this, forces me to examine and review these areas of study which maybe, I have avoided thinking about. I think the book succeeds no matter how you feel, because it pushes the reader out of his or her comfort zone and into provocative thought, followed by possibly, a refreshing change. Maybe even forcing the reader to take inventory of all he thinks he understands and may need to reevaluate. The book is controversial, especially in the author's criticism of Western Arabian Horse breeders and the subject of selective breeding (in-breeding). The author is not the first person to convict successful, long-time breeders of being more dollar-focused than horse-focused. I am certain that the controversy that this book will surely initiate, will also succeed in driving book sales out of curiosity or further divide the community into two camps: the mainstream, popular bloodline SE breeder and the eccentric, individualistic SE breeder working diligently to rescue obscure, key bloodlines from extinction. I know the author piqued my curiosity over volume 2 and the information that he is going to present on Shahloul and Nazeer. I am glad for the book and for the dialogue this book will cause, all over the world.
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Having owned and bred an exquisitely bred SE stallion over the years, I was relieved and delighted to find that SOMEONE understands why breeding everything in sight to a stallion is NOT good for the breed. I feel good about just about every breeding decisions we have made, but most of all, vindicated in my belief that an Arabian is ONLY as good as it can produce and perform. Over about 40 years, I have watched the Arabian horse deteriorate into something unflattering and unreal - something of a joke. This book explains exactly how and why this has happened - and I happen to agree with him - with some concise back ground as to why Arabians were bred, and for what purpose - and it certainly was NOT to mince around a show ring at the end of a bejeweled halter line. Thanks for your truth and for displaying such an appreciation for this treasure of the desert. I will go out and hug Salazar now.
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This book is a crucial addition to the literature on horse-breeding. Though it focuses entirely on Arabian horse-breeding, the passion and zeal of the author will come across as truly thought-provoking to any reader. Paraskevas's cri de coeur could not have come at a better time: we need to be wary of Arabian horse-breeding trends - past and present - in order to ensure the protection and preservation of this brilliant species. His style is lucid and accessible, rendering the book a true page-turner for this type of genre. This is a must-read for anyone who breeds (or is indeed interested in) Arabian horses, regardless of how much it may 'ruffle some previously smooth feathers', as the author candidly puts it. This is an opinion that simply needs to be heard.
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By Kathryn on February 3, 2011
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If you are at all thinking of breeding Arabians, especially Egyptian Arabians, I recommend this book. VERY insightful. Quick delivery.
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I gave it a 5 as it was very educational, giving insight on the history of arabians. I totally agree with alot of the author's views, especially how today's arabian is being bred for the show ring, and it influences or changes the look of the arabian. This is not the true arabian but what breeders today want. The true arabian is truly beautiful, and high in endurance. A very educational book, a must read for those interested in the arabian history.
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This is a must read! I have Egyptians that were over bred with the fad horses and have gone through founders, (IR issues) and hoof problems that should never have been there.
This book and the 2nd one raise issues that should have been addressed many years ago to save the buying public a lot of grief. And to dispel misconceptions about what a real Arabian should look and act like.
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Very interesting book, one that should be read by all breeders of Arabian horses. This stated clearly, with the voice of authority, things I've said for years. I hope other breeders will consider and put into practice some of the information in this book.
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What an amazing book!! This book was so incredible in that it puts forth the idea that we don't have to show our horses for the babies to have value. We need to think of ourselves as keepers of the flame and be looking out for the long term success of our breed and not just breeding for what the current show ring trends are.

This book taught me that I need to educate myself as a breeder and what a sacred trust that actually is. It's very thought provoking and coming at a time with the Arabian breed is in decline i think that the book is well timed. Every breeder of Arabian horses will appreciate this book.

Can't wait to read the 2nd volume!
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