Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
Arabs aren't my cup of tea. There are some cases where I will break down and drool over them, but not many. Give me a nice big chunky horse any day. I won't bitch about them though, because I understand that every horse has its benefits. Me complaining about Arabs is no better than the way people treat Standardbreds, which I hate.
My mother can't understand it though, she absolutely adores Arabs and dislikes anything chunky.
I've ridden Arabs twice - the first was okay, but a little nerve wracking. She was a sweet little mare, but had no idea how to stand still. I was very much a beginner rider, and it really didn't work well. The second destroyed them for me. She was beautiful and all, but she left a lot to desire in the personality stakes.
Actually no, three times. An endurance rider let me have a bareback ride on her Arab a few years ago. The mare was delightful, but it turned me off bareback riding for a while - she was so narrow, and just OUCH.
I'm not completely turned off of them though, because I do want to try endurance riding at some point, and it's definitely easier to find and endurance trained Arab than anything else...