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    03-25-2012, 09:12 PM
  #1
Trained
Arabian Equitation

With all the Arabian-related threads coming up lately, this should get some attention!

Do you ride an Arab?
Does your Arab have spazzy giraffe-neck whirl around the arena moments?
Does your Arab sometimes spook at nothing?
How many stereotypes does your Arabian fit into?
How many stereotypes does your Arabian NOT fit into?
Is your Arab brave and ready for adventure?

It doesn't matter what kind of tack you're using. If you're riding an Arab, sometimes you're just the passenger.

Welcome to the newest discipline: Arabian Equitation!

Those who ride in Arabian Equitation are experts at dealing with all of the classical Arabian movements such as CanterInPlace, SnortAtObjectYou'vePassedSixTimesToday, JiggingTrot and OMGDEERWorkingSpook.

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    03-26-2012, 12:58 AM
  #2
Started
I have many years of experience in Arabian Equitation

It really bothered my younger sister when I "spooked" with the horse. I just fine tuned myself to my snort 'n blow, ground-bushes-birds-deer-rocks are all out to get us half Arab gelding who was very much like his Arabian mother. The positive to spooking with him was: I stayed on his back AND saw what had frightened him. The drawback was that my younger sister thought there was something to be scared of ( but that is okay, she was riding a different horse that was too lazy to jump). I loved his canter, we could do a very animated, high energy canter next to someone doing a fast walk. All on cue and never when you didn't ask him to do it. He had many faults, and I can thank him for the broken tail bone, scar on my right elbow, and many bumps and bruises (also for my favorite cousin getting stitches and her older sister fainting off her Arab gelding on the same trail riding/camping trip).

Oh, can't forget the time he pulled off a Lipizzaner move, leapt into the air and kicked out at his target (my cousin's Arab gelding that he missed with his unexpected move, but got my cousin's kneecap -which caused her to faint- the next day when I wasn't riding him). Oh the many things he taught me! Like how to fly -the landings were always hard LOL

His beautiful Arabian mother was so skilled at the CanterInPlace that if you were facing up a hill, she was going backwards! Lots of spirit, does not show her age, and has the energy of a four year old in a 27 year young body.
     
    03-26-2012, 01:30 AM
  #3
Foal
Do you ride an Arab?

Yuppers :) love him!

Does your Arab have spazzy giraffe-neck whirl around the arena moments?

No, he is pretty mellow, focus on work kind of guy, once in while he might look at a pretty filly

Does your Arab sometimes spook at nothing?

No, he is pretty relaxed, even the moose don't really bother him

How many stereotypes does your Arabian fit into?

Not sure which ones you mean. My guy has the "dishy" face, great feet, tail carriage when he is turned on, wonderful shape of neck, great bone

How many stereotypes does your Arabian NOT fit into?
He is not flighty, spooky, or hard to handle. He is taller than most, and has a great hip and long reach.

Is your Arab brave and ready for adventure?
well considering that when we set off on a ride he thinks there might be new mares up ahead, he is ready to go!

It doesn't matter what kind of tack you're using. If you're riding an Arab, sometimes you're just the passenger.
No, we are a team, it would not be good to be a passenger on a stallion or we would be breeding every mare we passed on a trail ride


Kristine
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    03-26-2012, 02:06 AM
  #4
Weanling
Yes crazy giraffe neck! Especially because they are also part saddlebred :p

One of my mares actually does spook at nothing, but its more to test her rider than anything else

My arabs fit into the snorting/blowing stereotype. They are not that spooky but they can blow and prance all freaking day.

One way they do not fit the stereotype they are LAZY. If my mare is not listening I can make her work a little and she will not step a toe out of line the rest of the time cause she hates to move her butt ;p
     
    03-26-2012, 02:32 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I had one lazy Arabian and one who did "airs-above-ground." The one who did "airs" was the most fun to ride. The levade was his favorite.

He never reared in a scary fashion. He never went up very high. He did something like this:

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But if he got excited, like there was a loose dog, he could do this:

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Honestly, he was very talented! That isn't much of an exaggeration.

My snortiest horse ever though is my gray Fox Trotter. She thinks she's an Arabian. She can snort, flag her tail, do a floating trot and all sort of things with the right scary object!
     
    03-26-2012, 02:36 AM
  #6
Super Moderator
Hahaha Arabian equitation. I am so going to use that.

Do you ride an Arab?
Of course! :)

Does your Arab have spazzy giraffe-neck whirl around the arena moments?
Nope, Lacey engages in other "fancy" maneuvers though! Lol!

Does your Arab sometimes spook at nothing?
Sometimes it seems like that, BUT once I started being more aware myself, I found that she was actually spooking at things just not things I could readily see/hear. She's not very spooky as a general rule but she never spooks "at nothing". It often seems that way, but there's always something there.

How many stereotypes does your Arabian fit into?
The hot, "go-all-day", sassy, energetic ones... But there are also good stereotypes, like Arabians being great with kids and being trustworthy/reliable and being highly intelligent, that she also fits to a T.

How many stereotypes does your Arabian NOT fit into?
She's certainly not "crazy". She's a free spirit, sure, but there's always, without fail, a reason for any behavior she puts out, good or bad. She's game for anything and always ready.

Is your Arab brave and ready for adventure?

That's for sure. If something spooks her but is moving away from her, she WILL chase it down if she can. Scary things don't just run from Lacey, oh no. She's a really good horse. She has a few quirks that I could do without, but in the long run, she's a gem.


To add to the list of maneuvers, here's my favorite: "we were having so much fun running...why should we stop just because you want to, puny human?"
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    03-26-2012, 02:52 AM
  #7
Yearling
Do you ride an Arab?Starting to
Does your Arab have spazzy giraffe-neck whirl around the arena moments? Not that far yet, but she is a very well ground horse.
Does your Arab sometimes spook at nothing? Nope
How many stereotypes does your Arabian fit into? She is beautiful! And has amazing flowing gaits and she is super intelligent and more then willing!
How many stereotypes does your Arabian NOT fit into? She is not a psychopath. I got her for free because most people around here think that about arabians. Lucky me :)
Is your Arab brave and ready for adventure? Really not sure yet I have "ridden" her 5 times, but she definitely likes to check stuff out and put her nose in it! Lol

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    03-29-2012, 10:55 PM
  #8
Trained
All -
I'm "delighted" to inform you all that my horse has taken us to a new level of Arabian Equitation!

He has taught me that he can do a very lovely levade and a ballotade! Who says that one needs to properly learn the lower levels of dressage when you can just skip right to the 'fun' parts!


(If anyone's curious, there's a little creek that's sunken into the ground a bit and has an embankment on either side. The creek is maybe 6 inches below ground level and the embankments are not at all steep. I was trail schooling him and was asking him to walk over it, and ended up with.. well everything but! LOL! Finished on a good note, with him doing half-hearted little leaps over.)
     
    04-05-2012, 10:18 AM
  #9
Foal
Yes, several

Do you ride an Arab?
Yes, 4 different ones

Does your Arab have spazzy giraffe-neck whirl around the arena moments?
Joey does. We actually play a game. He'll fling his head and get both reins on one side, and then i'll fling them back to normal. This can go on a while until he gets bored and settles

Does your Arab sometimes spook at nothing?
Occasionally, but he's given up on the spin-bolts

How many stereotypes does your Arabian fit into?
My main man is quite typey although perhaps his neck is a lil longer than it should be. He's more placid than the sterotype but does the typical girrafe neck upright, flared nostrils and OMG stance !


How many stereotypes does your Arabian NOT fit into?
Quite placid. Doesn't jog about or waste energy.

Is your Arab brave and ready for adventure?
Sometimes takes a lil persuasion in new situations but generally yes very. He's an endurance horse.

It doesn't matter what kind of tack you're using. If you're riding an Arab, sometimes you're just the passenger...
Completely disagree - he's the most willing to please horse I've ever known and there have been many. If you're a passenger on any horse at any time it just means they've been badly trained !
     
    04-05-2012, 11:10 AM
  #10
Trained
I owned an Arabian, "Corporal" from the time he was 4yo to his death at 27yo. He was very sensitive, but the only stereotypical Arabian thing in your list that I could count on was spooking at nothing. The last time he did THAT as trail riding as a 25yo. We rode in front, where he preferred to be, came up a big trail sign, about the size of a stop sign, and he spooked 8 foot sideways.
If I had known it, I would have disciplined him the way that Ken McNabb talked about when referencing an Arab spooking at nothing. I would have worked him in figures, laterally and, especially backwards, which he always did crooked, EVERY time he spooked...at nothing. It was maddening bc he otherwise was a pleasant fellow and would go as long and as far as I wanted, anywhere I wanted, cross any stream, stand next to anything noisy (cannons, traffic, loud machinery), veer off of any trail, go up and down steep embankments--basically an almost perfect horse. Man, I miss him.
     

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