Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I think the only thing gypsies and arabs have in common is height. They aren't even remotely comparable, so I'm not sure how you can be torn between them. Do you want a quiet, heavy, hairy, cold blooded draft or a light, hot blooded, thin skinned energizer bunny?
Learn as much as you can about horses. Put as many hours undersaddle and on the ground as you can. Keep extremely humble, and talk to as many horse people as you can. At the end of 5 years, decide what you want to get into. After a few years experience, when someone puts you on a greener horse, you may decide you really don't like working with young horses, which would rule out breeding. Or you could fall in love with a gelding or a weanling.
a good quality mare, unless you really luck out, will cost you a pretty penny. If you disagree with all the back yard breeders crossing mutt A with mutt B to get a litter of randomly bred mutts with questionable temperaments and potential health problems, the horse equivalent should be easy to see. Any horse that's bred should at the very least be well built, free from all hereditary defects, physically and reproductively healthy, with an excellent temperament and ideally both a very nice pedigree and proven in a discipline.