Shortly after, the government purchased 25 horses from Crabbet Park to introduce into the stock. Later, after WWII took a toll, Polish bloodlines were introduced to the breeding program. The Russian Arabian has been bred for its athletic ability, specifically that of a racing horse. Most horses from the Russian line stand around 15 hands tall, with solid yet refined builds and friendly personalities. Each horse traces back to the Russian Arabian Stud Book. Today, they are considered an ideal first horse, known for their calm temperament.