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post #1 of 18 Old 06-14-2011, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Arab vs TB - what would you buy?

Ok I've narrowed down my search to an Arab gelding and a TB mare. This will be the 3rd horse I've owned and I consider myself an confident advanced beginner. I'm just looking for a good trail mount and a walk/trot/canter in the arena every once in a while horse.

16yo 14.3hh Arabian gelding, been with the same family for the past 10 years, no complications and easy, sane trail horse, but has the Arabian personality. Spunky in the pasture, but not under saddle and not in a dangerous way. I've never owned an Arab so I can't say I know a lot about the breed. He's been a backyard buddy and my only concern would be bringing him to a busier barn with 20+ horses. Easy to handle on the ground and knows some basic dressage. He has another gelding friend and they're best buds, so I'd also be a bit concerned about separating them (they've been together for 10+ years).

8yo TB mare, 16hh, never raced and very sweet. Great trail mount. She has go in her but is good with novice riders and forgiving of mistakes. She's done night camps and was the horse this lady put her beginner father on for trail riding. Kind eye, no complications, just a good horse. She is younger (and bigger) than what I was looking for but her personality is great and I don't want to judge every horse by their age.

Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the Arab but here is one of the TB. Any advice on breeds here? My first horse was a TB gelding and he was a ham. A little hot for me but looking back with the riding I've done in the past few years I know if I had him now I could handle him. He was 9. My previous trainer had a 12 yo OTTB mare that was the sweetest, calmest horse I've met. I don't know much about Arabs.
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-14-2011, 02:38 PM
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I would personally go with the Arab. He has experience, is well settled as a trail horse, and would give you what you need -- trails and w/t/c -- without issues. He's a bit older, but Arabs seem to live a LONG time. I know some who are still doing endurance at 25 and being ridden on trails at 30. With age comes maintainance, but I believe it would be worth it.

As far as separating old buddies, some horses don't care and some fall into depression, temporary or otherwise. Could you get a trial to see how he handles it? He'd probably be alright, especially with all the new horsie friends he'd make.
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I can't be much help, since I have both Arabians and a TB!

Whichever one makes you feel the safest, would be the one I'd get.

My TB is much calmer than my riding Arab, but that's just their personalities and has little to do with their breeds.

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What do you want to do with your new horse?? That for me would be the decider, do you want to compete, if so doing what and which horse suits that better.

Also there is the size issue, which one is a better 'fit' for you, and is there any potential for size and weight change for you?

Which do you like better and how do the prices compare?

Which one will break your heart for ever if it isn't stood on your stall.

Don't even think about breed stereotypes, we don't do it with people, it should be just as bad to be 'breedist' when talking about horses.

Having said all that, I would probably buy the Arab, just because he sounds a lot like my Ace, lots of snort and blow, but safe and dependable without being boring.
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I think you are going to have to make the decision based on the individual horses. Both sound like they would work wonderfully. I doubt their breed will affect what you want to do at all.

Thought.... Does the TB have feet that can remain barefoot or will you have to put shoes on it? There are far more Arabians with rock hard can go barefoot feet than there are TBs. (Not that I know if you care about being barefoot or not, just one of those things to think about.)
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
lots of snort and blow, but safe and dependable without being boring.
That made me laugh, but that's actually a great way to explain this guy. He's personality but not in a dangerous way, maybe just an Arab way.

Actually, both horses have excellent feet. I've known some TBs whose feet were difficult and wore shoes on all fours. This girl has strong hooves and does fine barefoot, as does the gelding, but you're right that is definitely something I'm taking into consideration. As far as size, I do prefer 14.3 over 16+ as I'm barely 5'4". My first TB was 16.3hh and of course plenty of people shorter than me ride bigger horses, I just prefer smaller as mounting and dismounting, especially on trails, is just easier. I do think the gelding would be an easier keeper (eats less, too!).
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-15-2011, 01:47 PM
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the Arab sounds like a nice little fellow as does the TB mare. Size is a huge consideration especially on the trails - it was a consideration of mine when I got another horse - to be able to get on without assistance!

Arabs are great horses - I stable at an Arab barn yes, they are full of snort and blow but my friend is the barn manager and she trains the horses and has one herself - a 8 year old mare that she bred and trained and is a wonderful trail horse and now is going to do endurance. Two other riding buddies have Arabs. They are tough as nails and can go all day without tiring out. They are smart as whips too! Heat is not a problem for them at all which is always a good thing on trails. One of my friends just retired her mare and she was 27 and had more spunk and get up and go than most horses I have ever seen. The other friends is a 20 year old former racing Arab and Sakara can hoof it all day long and do tricks to boot!

The only horse I'd give up Biscuit for right now would be a little Arab!

TB are wonderful horses too but I don't see as many of them here locally as trail horses. There are 2 at the barn that are rehabbing and are very sweet. Another friend has several TB but they are racing horses - but they are gorgeous and they all have wonderful temperments. So it will come down to which one really will suit your needs and fits with you.

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The TB is going to be a tough keeper, they have a much higher metabolism and you will really have to keep up with it in the winter. I dont really care for either breed but have had a OTTB and he was a lot of fun. We tried to double on him once and both ended up hanging from a tree. I dont know alot about TB that have not been raced so I could be wrong, feel free to correct me. Arabians are spirited and proud animals, they will test you its just the way they are. They can be the best broke horse in the world but in my experience will test you just to see if you are paying attention or to see if they can get one over on you. We have a retired barrel racing Arabian QH cross in the field that will still test you at 25+yrs old and she is not even rode anymore. She is just a pasture ornament but given the chance she will test you in the field...
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I'd go with the Arab. They both sound sweet, but size wise for trails and such the Arab would be just easier I think. As horselvr said, TB's I think are a little more upkeep. My Arab mare Dandy (avatar) is 24 years old!!! *the picture was taken 2 years ago, but there is no difference. Her feet are AMAZING, hardly ever need trimming. Just in the winter here and there. In the summer, they pretty much stay worn down nicely. Super tough, never ouchy. She's strong, is a reasonably easy keeper (no supplements or anything, just hay and grazing). Perfect size for getting on and off. I'd put anyone on her. She's super smart and loving. When people come over and I'm like "She's 24" people are like What?!?!?! no way!!!! She has LOTS of controllable spunk. I've put very young, never sat on a horse in their life, kids on her and gone for a trail ride and she just babysits them.

Not saying all Arabs are like this, and not saying that TB wouldn't be that either. Above is just my experience with my Arab. I've known 4 other Arabs (besides Dandy) and worked closely with 3 Arabs. One mare, I'm sorry, was quite the airhead!!! Really frustrating to work with. The gelding was SUPER calm, like he didn't care about much really. <--could put anyone on him. The 3rd mare was pretty cool, not as stable minded as Dandy. She had a more quiet personality and was very sensitive to cues. People had to know what they were doing on her, green riders would just confuse and upset her.

They come in all personalities. It's really up to you though and the individual horse. You'll see which one you feel more connected with. I'd really suggest asking for a trial period though first. Just to make sure once you get them home they are a good fit for you and your environment. Try and fit in things you'd be doing with them. See how they do being saddled, brushed, feet messed with ect..

---The said above crazy airhead Arab mare was bought under the pretense of ANYONE can ride. Perfect trail horse. Kids horse. She was exactly the opposite of ALL those things! In my opinion she was green and not stable minded enough for a beginner rider. She needed A LOT of work.

Good luck! Let us know who you pick!!!

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I have an Arab and my fiance had a TB when we started dating. I loved them both. Mine's a 3yo gelding and his was an OTTB mare. She was the single sweetest horse and she was AWESOME with my 5yo daughter. I am a huge fan of both breeds.

Both of your prospects sounds like they have great potential. The Arab is more likely to have more stamina, but that's not necessarily true. I suggest doing a trial on both horses and test them both in their home environments before you make a final decision.

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