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Windt im Wald
A Wind in the Woods
Geauga County, Northeast Ohio
since 1995


The late Carl Raswan, who compiled the Raswan Index and Handbook for Arabian Breeders, preserved the story of how the first Arabian horse appeared among the Bedouin Arabians. This story has appeared in various forms, including publication in "The Kuhaylat," Volume 1, 1990.

 Ishmael, the son of Abraham, was said to be a great herdsman and hunter who invented the bow and arrow and built the Ark of the Desert, made of acacia wood and plumes of the wild ostrich.  The Angel Gabriel (JIBRAIL in Arabic) descended from Heaven to Earth while Ishmael was sleeping. Suddenly Ishmael awoke when a "wind-spout" whirled toward him and scorched the sand with its feet. Gabriel commanded the thundercloud to stop scattering dust and rain. The rain that gathered developed into a prancing, handsome creature that seemed to swallow up the ground. Hence, the Bedouins bestowed the name "Drinker of the Wind" to the first Arabian horse, whose name was KUHAYLAH.


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