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post #1 of 22 Old 01-04-2013, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Calling all Arabian Breeders

Now before anyone gets their panties in a wedge, this is a genuine question, and sensible answers would be nice, thank you.

(Sorry, but I seem to have a stalker who takes everything I say to mean that I am talking about them, it gets very wearing)

OK, I bought Ace through a lady who breeds arabs, I never thought anything of the fact that the pics that she sent me were artistic rather than of conformation. The actual owner sent me a video of her, and that was good enough for me to make up my mind about her. I know that the lady herself, and her best friend are very much into photography, but it gradually dawned on me that I was never seeing actual useful shots of their horses, just nice 'araby' type shots, head up, tail up, usually in motion, very beautiful, but on the odd occasion I was looking to purchase, actually frustrating.

Yesterday when we were chatting on the 'Breeding Rant thread' I was looking for a picture of the stallion, (well as of a couple of hours ago gelding) that another breeding was cutting to give him a better quality of life, and Lo and behold, a bunch of artistic shots, but no conformation shots. Just a few examples, but there are so many more, even Ben, who is so not an Arab, came from an arab breeder, and guess what? Yup, had to watch the video, because the pics.......well you get the idea.

Is this all a coincidence, or is it the way that arabians are marketed?
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Maybe in your particular country, I was looking to buy an arab 4 years ago, but nearly all the adverts had great conformation shots (stood a bit spread out for my tastes though).

Edit - but I've just had a quick look at current adverts and I have to agree with you!

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Yes - You either get a pretty head shot or an action-tail-carriage shot.
Funnily enough this was just being discussed awhile ago on an Arabian site.
Gosh, they're pretty! But you can't tell anything. Send the pretty shots, but send some conformation shots, too. I'm honestly surprised that no stallion owners seem to have conformation shots, either.
No horse is ever going to be perfect, but if you're proud of your stallion or honest about your sale horse, there shouldn't be anything wrong with a conformation shot, and they (no really, I promise!) are not that hard to get.

This is the sort of photo's both my stallion's have with their ads or that I send out.
Of course he pretties up, but this is who is behind all the show sheen and clippers. And I still think he is handsome as all get out.
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Maybe in your particular country, I was looking to buy an arab 4 years ago, but nearly all the adverts had great conformation shots (stood a bit spread out for my tastes though).

Edit - but I've just had a quick look at current adverts and I have to agree with you!
Maybe it is a trend? I did wonder about it being country, or even province specific, but I am seeing it again and again.
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LOL, that's a nice shot WS, but being picky....LOLI would love it if his mane was braided a little so I could see his shoulder, BUT, it is just so nice to see him 'au natural'

Whispers in case she gets shot, I do like seeing them without the baby oiled and clippered to death look
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It's not just the Arabian breeders. Seems like a lot of stallion owners will not put a conformation picture on their websites. I wont look twice at a stallion that doesn't offer conformation pictures...
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seems people buy horses because they are pretty, without much anyother thought put into it. Advertisers put up what sells.
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seems people buy horses because they are pretty, without much anyother thought put into it. Advertisers put up what sells.

Not really. Most of them have issues they're hiding.

People with true credibility and integrity don't need to tell other people how great they are.
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I agree that while its seems more common in Arabians its seen throughout the horse world. It was a big decision for a owner of a standardbred stud when they chose an really artistic shot. Tail up and a nice head shot (the horse has a pretty head). Where he looks great and pretty but you don't see his legs. Most standardbred breed ads are win photos or the horse trotting out at pasture.

I think its because the artistic photo is dramatic. Its also very easily identified as an arabian. I think its because everyone is proud of their stallion. The photos are often professionally done and can you image paying a professional photographer for conformation shots. I don't know that owners would feel they got their money worth.
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*cough* Most SO DO pay the photographers for profession conformation shots...
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