Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Behind the Magic Curtain

Like the 52 Thoroughbreds in need of a home, certain things tend to make the rounds on social media.

One example of this is the supposedly long lived Arabian mare Magic.

Magic has made several newspapers and is pretty routinely shared online as being the "world's oldest Polish Arabian". Her owners have shared that she was supposedly born June 15th, 1969 and died in March of 2020. 

Unfortunately, this isn't the truth. A number of Arabian enthusiasts, including myself, looked into the heritage behind Magic when her owners shared her supposed registered name of Bint Suteza. 

Unfortunately the papers don't match up. The Arabian drawing above is taken from the registration records of the markings of the horse and doesn't record any white leg markings. Her color is also listed as a grey mare. While occasionally colors are recorded incorrectly, Bint Suteza had a grey foal by the bay stallion Rainpool Toro. This foal was confirmed to have been grey, so the grey gene had to come from Bint Suteza. The grey gene is dominant and thus is always expressed. 

So this information was presented to Magic's owners who have entirely disregarded it and have continued to promote their stable and facilities with this knowledge.

Also random sidenote. Bint Suteza isn't Polish. Why do people always think all stocky Arabian horses are Polish? So strange. ;)

This is supposed to be Magic at 44. Anyone else think this looks like a gelding?

So when this story inevitably makes the rounds again, you can know the truth behind the Magic curtain. While she looked like a wonderful mare, she was not Bint Suteza, not Polish, and invariably the age they claimed she was. 


  1. Oh dear, that last picture does look awfully like a gelding. I don't think I've ever seen a western bridle that fit that badly either.

  2. I saw that last photo making the rounds the other day- it was listed as a 50 year old QH who just passed away. Honestly, don't people have better things to do with their time then make up shit?

    1. That's stupid. What I hate about this particular story is that the owners keep circulating it in the newspapers and local media too. Why perpetuate false information?

  3. Oh interesting. I know someone who legit had an Arab that lived to 40, but it didn't look anywhere as near good as that chestnut.

    1. Yep! I've known a couple too and buckets that are in their 30s. I lost my old guy last year at 31 rather suddenly, but he was still sound, fit, and full of P&V and looked probably half that age.

  4. haha thanks for letting us all know the truth!


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