Warmblooded ancient breed and close relative to the Arabian. Originally from the coastal belt of North West Africa, the Barb has influenced countless modern breeds, with its fine skin, great endurance, and fiery temperament. Today it is in very low numbers, and is considered rare.
"The original and most purebred Barbs could be found in central parts of the desert in Tripoli, Tunis and Algeria. The Roman nose type Barbs could still be found in Tripoli, while on the coastlines was found mostly the Arabian type. In the mountain parts of Algeria and Morocco is bred a smaller type of Barb named Spahis, whose most treasured qualities are his endurance over longer distances and his sure foot on a rocky terrains. - Horsecare