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    10-01-2009, 05:49 PM
  #1
Foal
Arab "Vs" Thoroughbred...

Hello again!

Recently I've requested your help to choose a horse. I’ve presented a small list…but yesterday an opportunity appeared and I don’t really know what to do!!

I was offered one 3 years old Arab horse and a 4 years old Thoroughbred! Both have good temperaments and morphology, since both come from very good breeders.

Of these two…what is the most comfortable horse for long rides on the countryside?

(I also have the possibility of an Holsteiner…but these two are such wonders that my heart is with them…)

Please give me your kind opinion

Thank you very much

God Bless
     
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    10-01-2009, 05:52 PM
  #2
Yearling
I personally prefer TB's. I owe two at the moment. I've ridden and trained a lot of horses Arabs included and I would choose the TB myself. I've had more bad experiences with Arabs than I have TB's
     
    10-01-2009, 06:17 PM
  #3
Trained
Oh, sheesh, what kind of question is that?!

Arabians, of course!

No, honestly, I think it depends on what you want the horse for. I, obviously, much prefer Arabians.
I've always fouund the TB's to be too hot, too hard headed, and they do not learn quickly. But that's just the ones I've worked with. I'm not saying they are all like that.

I've found my Arabians a lot smoother than TB's, they're great for distance rides because they last like no other, and they're smart and I've found the train easier, and sensitive and in tune with you. Plus they're gorgeous to look at! ;)

I would, if I were you, just try out either horse and see which one you connect with better. We can give you opinions all we want, but it's not going to help if you buy the TB and don't connect, or vice versa with the Arabian.

Go test ride them both and see which one you get on better with. :)
     
    10-01-2009, 06:23 PM
  #4
Trained
As far as for long rides, Arabs are built for stamina so they would probably be a better bet. However it all comes down to the horses personality.

If the Arab's only three though, you're going to have some training to do before riding.
     
    10-01-2009, 06:31 PM
  #5
Yearling
I agree with WSArabians. I would of course say, Neither! Go with an appaloosa! But, it is up to you. Which horse you 'click' better with. There are so many horses you can look at, but then you will find one and say, 'hey,' and then a moment of silence. Then you know that's the horse.

I would suggest go meet them. Not just ride, but brush, lead the around. You either like their personality or don't. If you have already done that, and still, can't decide research the breeds to find stuff out about the breed in general.

I can't make the decision for you, and let me tell you, with my new horse (2 1/2), I loved him the first two times I rode him, then he reared and did stuff totally unexpected. I thought I had made the wrong desceion (I butchered that word), but I had already paid for him, and so on. His owners are really nice, and they are working with me with him. Me and Bo have stronger bond now. But that happens with any horse, and I take it you are a first time horse owner, so don't get discouraged quickly when they make a mistake.

Just remember, they are still young, and like to be very testy. Make sure you have access to a trainer or experienced friend. But my Appaloosa has Arabian in him like, 4 or 5 generations back, and the Arabian was mixed with his bloodlines for endurance, loyalty... and something else I think... But I would say Arabian =]
     
    10-01-2009, 07:36 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thoroughbred all the way.

Ther are by far my favourite breed. Every TB I have ridden and owned has been fantastic and trust me I've ridden lot's. Arabs on the other hand.. my least favourite breed (sorry arab lovers), In my experience I have found them to be either bouncy, crazy, downright stupid or a mix of the three.

Plus the TB is a year older than the arab, so you can do harder riding with it etc. are either of them broken in?
     
    10-01-2009, 08:06 PM
  #7
Foal
In my experience of riding both breeds although I absolutly adore the arabian breed they are very bouncy while the TB's are less so but then the TB's can be quite head strong but there a pleasure to ride. I love both breeds.
     
    10-01-2009, 08:33 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
I much prefer Arabs. I find them more to be more responsive and (with my mare atleast) I feel they have the quickness of mind to make a smart decision get me out of a jam quickly if I needed that while keeping me on. Haha
I've spent time with both and I've liked and disliked members of both breeds but in the end I prefer the Arab pocket pony-ness (I also like how, at least the ones I've met, kinda needed to approve of their rider, they didn't just accept anyone). Some people aren't going to like those qualities and that's fine, it's a personality thing. =)

I ultimately agree with WSArabians, try them both and see which one you "click' with the most.
     
    10-01-2009, 09:06 PM
  #9
Started
For long distance rides, an Arab would probably suit you more since they have very good stamina and are hardy. However, I'm 100% partial to Thoroughbreds because I love their size, athleticism, and charisma. Arabians are too flaky and airheaded for me. I don't like riding them either because it feels like you have nothing under you. With TB's, you can feel every bit of their "engine". Both breeds tend to be high energy, so be prepared for a horse with tons of "go" and not so much "whoa".

If I was you, I would actually check out the Holsteiner. Warmbloods make fantastic mounts with the athleticism of Thoroughbreds, just with quieter temperaments and more durability. The only reason I don't have one right now is because they're so dang expensive.
     
    10-02-2009, 05:22 AM
  #10
Started
I wouldn't be choosing a horse based on breed, I'd be choosing it based on the individual horse ;)

For what it's worth, my TB is MUCH smoother and saner than my Arab ;)
     

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