our Arieana Notebook: *Nimr was described in a letter dated March
31, 1893, written by the Reverend Vidal, *Nimr's breeder in England, to
Randolph Huntington, as ".... The finest possible shoulders, loins, and quarters; large clean flat
joints (hocks and knees); legs clean and flat; tendons steel-like
and powerful. Neck beautifully arched and head perfectly put on.
.... He stands perfectly true on all four feet; is very true in
action and has great liberty [impressive in style and motion when
at liberty]. Has no blemish of any sort. .... He is quiet in the
stable (a beautiful temper) and to lead...." (Exactly
the same desirable traits and qualities that we breed for specifically
at Arieana Arabians today, almost 120 years later!
It is known that, in addition to the five purebred
foals registered in the American studbook, *Nimr also sired
at least one Americo-Arab
for Randolph Huntington in his efforts to bring about a unique and
special national breed for the United States. This colt was Clay Kismet, a chestnut foaled
May 31, 1895, out of the mare Gypsey Clay (Simmons Clay x Clay
Queen). (Mulder, p.110)
*Nimr's death in 1904, Huntington
gave *Nimr's body to the American Museum of Natural History in New
York, New York, where his skeleton was mounted for the museum
collection showing the evolution of the horse. His skeleton showed
17 pairs of ribs, 5 lumbar vertebrae, and 16 tail bones, all
characteristic of many (but not all) Arabians. Most non-Arabian
horses have 18 pairs of ribs, 6 lumbar vertebrae, and 18 tail
bones. (Mulder, p. 111)
Mulder, Carol June
Woodbridge. Imported Foundation Stock of North American Arabian
Horses. Volume II (Revised Edition). Borden Publishing Company,
Los Angeles, California. 1993. pp. 109-112.
links for further study on Randolph Huntington, his importations, and
From Needham Market to Oyster Bay
by Thornton Chard.
Huntington by George H. Conn, D.V.M.
Please also see the stories of
Anazeh and his sire *Leopard
on this website.