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Shagya Arabian

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: endangered
Listed by DAD-IS
Arabian horse breed from Hungary

Informations about the rare Shagya Arabian

The Shagya-Arab is a remarkable horse breed that seamlessly blends the majestic beauty of Arab horses with the robustness and size suitable for a versatile sport horse. Originating from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the early 19th century, the Shagya-Arab has been developed to maintain the elegance and endurance of its Arabian ancestors while achieving a larger frame and greater versatility for various equestrian disciplines.

Origin and history of the Shagya Arabian

The Shagya-Arab was first bred at the Bábolna State Stud in Hungary, with the aim of creating a cavalry horse that retained the Arabian horse’s best qualities but was larger and more suitable for the demands of European cavalry. The breed takes its name from Shagya, one of the foundation sires, an Arabian stallion of significant influence. Over the years, the breed has spread across Europe and beyond, gaining popularity for its versatility, temperament, and endurance.

Character and features of the Shagya Arabian

Shagya-Arabs are renowned for their excellent temperament, intelligence, and willingness to work, making them ideal partners in a wide range of equestrian activities. They typically exhibit the refined head, large expressive eyes, and elegant neck of their Arabian heritage, combined with a stronger body and more substantial bone structure. Their coat colors are predominantly gray, bay, and chestnut.

Utilisation of the rare Shagya Arabian

Shagya-Arabs excel in endurance riding, dressage, show jumping, and eventing, showcasing their adaptability and skill across disciplines. Their endurance and agility also make them outstanding competitors in competitive trail riding and pleasure riding, reflecting their Arabian lineage’s stamina and versatility.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Shagya Arabian

The Shagya-Arab is classified as a rare breed, with focused conservation efforts in place to preserve its genetic purity and heritage. While the breed enjoys a dedicated following, its population remains limited, prompting initiatives by breed societies across Europe to promote its breeding and ensure its survival. The breed’s unique characteristics and historical significance underscore the importance of these conservation efforts.

Native country




Risk Level

Endangered: 4.500


155-160 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, grey



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Shagya Arabian horse

Shagya-Araber — Shagya-Arabian 

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Shagya Arabian

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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

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