Morocco has a thriving tradition of horsemanship which is every bit as vital as the heritage that surrounds the Arab horse in, for example, Jordan. Morocco has the Barb which can trace its ancestry back at least 2,000 years; and the oft-quoted factoid is that Julius Caesar was mounted on a Moroccan Barb for his Gaul Campaign in 55 BC.
When I researched the Morocco rides for BHS I had never ridden a Barb, though I have owned an Arab. And I must admit I was a little alarmed to hear that the stable I was speaking with favoured Barb stallions. Stallions? On an Atlantic beach?! Sounded like a recipe for fireworks!
The reality is that the horses are forward-going but impressively well mannered. I never felt at risk, even when heading for home with the surf crashing away at ankle-level!
Horsemanship in Moroccan is outstanding; husbandry is first class and the local pride in the Barb is most impressive. In fact, if you wanted to take a Barb home with you after the ride, it's just about impossible, so highly is the stud book valued that Moroccans want to keep Moroccan Barbs for the Moroccans!