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Somaliland Equestrian Games

Insomniac

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An Equestrian competition is going to be held in Hargeisa this week, horsemen from all 6 gobols will show case their skills at Hargeisa Stadium.

 

Insomniac

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It's great that we are reviving our Faras culture, due to the introduction of cars and urbanisation the Somali horse has been rendered obsolete and this has caused their numbers to swiftly drop. Horses are a part of our dhaqan and so they must be preserved, hopefully shows like this will rekindle interest and inspire people to take up horse breeding.

In 19th and 20th centuries the horse was primarily used for raiding and defending against raids, but it was also used for sports and putting on shows. Below is an 1884 account written by Explorer James Linsley who witnessesd an equestrian exhibition in Burco.


During our stay at Burao, the Sultan collected a great many of his people together, and twice entertained us with some well-executed and characteristic evolutions on horseback. On the first occasion some forty mounted men were collected in the Tug before our zariba; but this did not satisfy the Sultan, and he arranged a second "fantasia," in which fully two hundred warriors were engaged. It was the best and most characteristic thing of the kind I had ever seen. A procession was first formed in the river's bed, and on a given signal all dashed off, brandishing their spears and shields. Dressed in tobes of many colours, and sitting loosely on their gaily-caparisoned horses, they engaged in mimic contest with spear and shield, reining their horses upon their haunches when at full gallop, and with wild shouts flinging their spears into the air. Each warrior carried a short-handled whip with a broad raw hide thong, and with it lashed his steed unmercifully. Some of the riders went through regular circus feats, leaping from their horses when at full gallop, picking up objects thrown on the ground, and then remounting. After this had continued for some time they would gallop close to our zariba, and reining up, shout "Mort, mort" ("Welcome, welcome"), to which we replied, "Kul liban"

Like most cultures Somalis have their own Equine coat categories for the different breeds, they also give their horses their own unique personal names.

The main 6 breeds are Xamar, Bulaale, Caynab, Ashkir, Qaaje and Baroor.

The Xamar Horse is distinguished by it's brown coat, black mane and black leg markings. Sayid Mohammed Cabdales famous steed Xiin Finiin (Fast Spark) was a Xamar.




The Qaaje is a horse that has a uniform white coat and white/brown mane. Suldaan Nuur Axmed's horse was a Qaaje, it was called Daruur (cloud) due to it's color and speed, it was killed in a raid against the British at Berbera in 1896.






The Bulaale has a beige coat and dark brown/black mane and leg markings. The Caynab horse has a simple uniform black coat.

Caynab (far left) Bulaale (far right)




The Ashkir horse is a reddish brown unlike the Xamar the main is also reddish brown and it lacks dark foot markings. Ashkiro is also an old traditional name given to females with a reddish complexion.
reddish complexion
 
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Insomniac

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Wadani




19th century images and depictions of Somali horses


Heralds announcing Sultan Nur's arrival, 1896




Sultan Nur, his followers and Daruur



Marehan Horseman



Hobyo cavalry



Major Musa Igare, Cavalry commander




Sultan Madar Hersi Sultan Diriyeh 1899 sketch




@Canuck I'm putting my money on Sool taking the crown :cheers:

I don't think any of the other Gobols stand a chance against Sool since they really didn't abandoned Equestrianism like the rest :oday3:
 
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MEREUM

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Qaxooti
:mjlol::sabu:
We need to breed big horses aswell. I suppose the environment made it hard for bigger horses to survive. Mongols also rode ponies to battle, but i just think they look ridiculous for a large framed tall man. I'd look silly riding one.
 

Insomniac

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:mjlol::sabu:
We need to breed big horses aswell. I suppose the environment made it hard for bigger horses to survive. Mongols also rode ponies to battle, but i just think they look ridiculous for a large framed tall man. I'd look silly riding one.
Put sum respek on the Somali horse :stopitslime: like the Mongols, we probably couldn't have conquered Somaliwayn without it. They maybe short but they're fearless and fast, 2 of the most important qualities of a horse. The Somali horse is also resistant to the Tsete fly, those Giant European horses wouldn't survive in East Africa for a day.
 

MEREUM

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Wadani
Qaxooti
Put sum respek on the Somali horse :stopitslime: like the Mongols, we probably couldn't have conquered Somaliwayn without it. They maybe short but they're fearless and fast, 2 of the most important qualities of a horse. The Somali horse is also resistant to the Tsete fly, those Giant European horses wouldn't survive in East Africa for a day.
M8 i'd be draggin my legs on one of them. We need to breed them bigger. Not bring over european horses, that are not adapted to the climate.

I'm sure you can imagine my pain on short horses.


:sabu:10219
 

MEREUM

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Wadani
Qaxooti
Bigger horses need food. Wtf will they eat? Sand? Or Nido imported from Saudi Arabia?
I suggest only ppl that can afford to breed bigger horses cross breed them. Otherwise we don't really need that many horses as they are not as useful these days.
 

Saint Coca Cola

Wadani
Qaxooti
I suggest only ppl that can afford to breed bigger horses cross breed them. Otherwise we don't really need that many horses as they are not as useful these days.
So rich niggas buy horses, and buy land to feed the horses, while poor people die of hunger and thirst?
 

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