The Godolphin Arabian The Godolphin Arabian came from the desert to become one of the three founding stallions of the modern thoroughbred. His influence was immense, and all the first 76 British Classic winners had at least one strain of him in their pedigree. The Bedouin Heritage and Horses Horses have existed in the Arab region as long as recorded human life - a history much longer than that of either Europe or the Americas. They were valued highly as a farm animal and a military animal in both the Egyptian and the Persian empires of old. History Of The Horse Although horses were domesticated at different times by people in different parts of the world, the oldest evidence of humans taming horses comes from Asia. Prehistoric horse cultures have been found in what is now the Southern Ukraine, Caucasus and Central Asia.