Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: pacific northwest
• Horses: 0
I bought an Arabian mare who is not registered but obviously Arab with good breeding (she has a mysterious background, but that is another post altogether) and we paid $500. Lily is a very, very smart horse and she has had some great training before we bought her. She is 8 years old with lots of energy and my daughter who is 7 (limited experience) rides her with no problems at all. Walk, trot, and canter. As a matter of fact the mare responds best with my daughter. I only allow her to ride in a small arena so it is in a controlled area, but this horse takes very good care of her.
The thing I'm starting to realize about our horse, and I'm guessing this is an Arabian trait, is that they bond strongly to their owners (in our case it's my daughter first and me second) and they can really feel a persons energy. By that I mean if you are tense the horse will pick up on that and respond. If you are relaxed they will pick up on that also. Our horse is so in tune to the people around her it's amazing. She will do anything my daughter asks her to. When my daughter is leading her she hangs her head low, walks when dd is walking, trots when dd "trots", stops when dd stops. The horse tries very hard to understand what is being asked of her. My mother-in-law on the other hand is a very experienced horse person (extensive Arabian background) but she has a ton of nervous, tense energy and Lily gets tense the minute my MIL touches her. The second she steps away the horse calms right down. It really blows me away.
If you are interested in buying an Arabian be patient and you will find the right one. Chances are you will never own another breed!