Because the Arabian is such an ancient breed, with 4000-year-old cave paintings depicting a horse very similar to what we recognize as an Arabian today, its origins will never be known for certain. However, we know the Bedouins of Arabia domesticated horses and camels, and these hearty desert horses were eventually sold to Europeans. Because of the Arabian’s many quality characteristics, it’s been the foundation for many popular modern breeds, including the Thoroughbred, the Morgan, and the Quarter Horse. Arabians were the horse of choice for the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and George Washington. They’ve proven strong and capable, resulting in their continued popularity today.