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post #31 of 101 Old 01-04-2013, 08:15 PM
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The only breed that I knowingly have a prejudice against are Quarter Horses. They scare the pants off me. They are SO FAST!!!

Once I was trail riding on my Arab with a friend, who was riding his big, young, tall, red dun quarter horse gelding, when a deer came crashing out of the ticket, right at us.

My Arab jumped a bit, but that quarter horse spun in a total 180 and took off back to the barn so fast that he was out of sight before my friend hit the ground. Knocked my friend right out. I remember it like a cartoon: a horse running flat out with his legs just blurry scribble, while saddle and rider are left behind suspended in the air... In reality, the saddle stayed on the horse, but I don't know how. I never saw anything like it before. Give me a nice, quiet, slow Arab, or an OTTB!
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post #32 of 101 Old 01-04-2013, 08:25 PM
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Growing up, Arabians were one of my favorite breeds. I might have gotten more into the breed myself if they were bigger. The Arabians back then were average 14.3-15.2. At 5' 6" and 110 lbs, I felt too big for them. I showed several of them for other people but never owned my own Arabian. The Arabs I showed ranged from total fruit cakes to easy enough for a 3 year old child to ride around on. Each one was an individual and all of them were gorgeous.

I still miss the Arabian of old. It seems like many people are trying to turn them into Saddlebreds. Nothing wrong with Saddlebreds, I love them but we don't need a breed to look almost like one and move like one. I loved the old floating above the ground, extended straight legged reaching trot with flagging tails Arabian of old. Yes, there are still some out there but some folks seem dead set on breeding something "new" or "modern" in the breed. I personally think "If it's not broke, don't fix it" and the Arabian breed wasn't broke. I guess the upside (if I look for one) is that there are many of them that are much bigger horses now.

I LOVE the Arabian Native Costume classes. FUN!!!

About 22 years ago there was a Quarterhorse trainer at a show barn near me that took on an Arabian client. Watching him at first you could tell, he didn't know what to do with this breed. He asked the owner if he could just work the horse in reining and see what would happen and the owner agreed. This trainer got all kinds of nasty comments from his peers but he kept working the horse. Then came the competition and let's just say, nobody was laughing after they saw that horse spin and slide. WOW! That LITTLE 15 hand chestnut Arabian stallion wiped the smiles off all those smucky faces with his amazing performance. People tend to get out of a horse what they put into it.

Had to add that there used to be people who would say Quarterhorses buck, Saddlebred's rear and Arabians will run off with you. Stereo types are so often formed by one or two experiences without taking an over all look at things.'

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post #33 of 101 Old 01-04-2013, 08:51 PM
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I have to say that I really enjoyed reading through this. Everyone is so different, but in a way, we are all the same. I personally never liked Arabians until last year when I started riding English.. I don't know what happened. My dream horse USED to be a tank of a buckskin Quarter Horse. I still think they're really pretty, but now I dream about Arabians. Oddly, the color doesn't seem to matter to me. (and color used to be everything to me..) I love the floaty trot, the dished faces, their spirit and character.. I'm convinced that my next horse will be an Arabian.

Strength lies within the heart but the strength to trust lies between the horse and his rider.
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People will bash a horse breed to try to push someone else down. By doing this, they think it brings them up above you. It's the same reason people show prejudice against other people. It could have something to do with fear of the unknown. They only know QHs. They don't know what to expect of your Arab. They might be worried that you and your Arab will outclass them. Better to shove you into the mud before you have a chance to do that.

My Arab was never spooky. He was alert. He would tell me if something concerned him. Good boy.
He lifted his tail and legs and held his head high. If that's psycho, then so be it. I thought he was cool.
He would let me know loud and clear if his saddle hurt or if something was stuck in his hoof. If that's high-strung, then I call it intelligence and the ability and will to communicate.

Arabs ARE different than other breeds. But then again, any breed is different than other breeds. I've ridden more dicey horses of non-Arab lineage than I have Arabs.

Some people will slam anything they don't understand. It reflects more on their lack of knowledge and tolerance than anything lacking in your horse. People have every right to like or not like any breed they want. But they don't have a right to put you down for your preference of breed. You can like whatever you want.

Here's a pic of my obviously psychotic, squirrely, spooky Arab: See how his ears are pricked and his nostrils flared? Clearly completely nuts.
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post #35 of 101 Old 01-04-2013, 08:58 PM
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i find this kinda funny, in my world I see the exact opposite. Show up at an endurance event with a TWH. I have quite a few reactions. Other riders dont bother me, but when the problem is a ride vet it can be a problem.
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post #36 of 101 Old 01-04-2013, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
i find this kinda funny, in my world I see the exact opposite. Show up at an endurance event with a TWH. I have quite a few reactions. Other riders dont bother me, but when the problem is a ride vet it can be a problem.
How so? What kind of stuff have you run into?
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post #37 of 101 Old 01-04-2013, 09:53 PM
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I've heard lots of things said about Arabs, mostly derogatory, HOWEVER I don't bother listening, I've been around enough different horse breeds to know that their are bad apples in every bunch......

The real problem comes not from people bad-mouthing a comes from people who believe their chosen breed is above everything else to a point of such narrow minded ignorance...there are plenty of those people about........
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post #38 of 101 Old 01-04-2013, 10:09 PM
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Usually lame issues. One vet admitted he had never seen a gaited horse at the vet in but didnt care, long as horse looks the same all day tommorrow hes good, Kudos for his professionalism,
Had another call lame when he wasnt but I was new and didnt know anybetter, my horses CR and pulse was really borderline so it didnt matter, would have agreed with a metabolic pull, didnt know "Lame" went into my records.
At another ride was again called lame on a sound horse, head vet who is a walker rider over ruled him, he also coached me on how to better trot out walkers to avoid the problem so we dont seem to have had any more issues.
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Just had to post this tribute video to Khemosabi. I grew up in a barn full of Khemo babies and always loved this stud. None of those babies were nuts either. In fact, a few of the studs were even so quite they could give pony rides to kids. I have always kind of kept my eye out for a horse that looked like him. He is sort of my "perfect horse" for Western Pleasure. I think he is sort of the Wing Commander of the Arabian world, yes?
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post #40 of 101 Old 01-05-2013, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by goneriding View Post
Ya' know what is so sad.....we all love horses. We all come from different backgrounds, all walks of life. The one animal that has brought so many of us together from all walks of life is....the horse. We need to put aside differences, and get back to the true meaning. Diversity can bring learning....The horse brings us together.
I'd like to believe it! True horsemen (women) know this. There's always someone with a snotty attitude willing to try and knock your horse. Tell you a funny story: we were blessed a few years back to have the means to by a horse that had belonged to the British team and he was in his prime. This horse cost more than most people's farms and had medaled. My daughter had just purchased him and wanted to get a feel for him. She was riding FEI. No one knew his background and we considered it our personal business. She entered him in a schooling show at 4th level. Little r judge said he was off balance and lazy. LOL. Not hardly, dear lady.
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