Yesterday, Daniel Wigger posted a comment concerning the strong resemblance between Alaa El Din, a straight Egyptian Kuhaylan Rodan stallion (pictured above) and Plantagenet, a Davenport Kuhaylan Haifi stallion (pictured below).
"did you notice the strong resemblance between Plantagenet and Alaa El Din, a KAIR?"
They are both elegant horses, refined, not heavy in their appearance. Both horses have great necks, with good length. They share similar body types, more rectangular in their body shape with leaner builds and a longer back, as compared to the rounded, more curvey type with a heavier-muscled phenotype. Both horses are built more like race horses, favoring the type we associate with very refined, more Arabian-looking Thoroughbred horses. It is interesting to compare and contrast both horses, as I agree with Daniel that these horses are more similar than they are different. I wonder, as both horses are of the Kuhaylan strain, whether there are common ancestors between the Rodans and the Haifis, way, way back under Bedouin ownership. However, Plantagenet is heavily influenced by the Saqlawi mare, *Wadduda, who was also a chestnut. And Kateefa, the dam of Alaa el Din, was a daughter of the Saqlawi Shaloul, one of the horses that Judi Forbis had called "the fabulous four". Shaloul was out of Bint Radia, who traces in tail female to Bint Helwa and ultimately to Ghazieh. I wonder over the impact that *Wadduda had, in determining the look of Plantagenet, as I wonder the impact of Radia, in determining the look of Alaa el Din?
do you think?