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post #51 of 101 Old 01-12-2013, 05:23 PM
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I agree with you, BlueSpark, a good horse is a good horse no matter what breed it is. Every horse is a individual, so treat them as individuals.
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post #52 of 101 Old 01-13-2013, 01:57 PM
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Had to share these. This is Sterling Silver Charm (Lucky), my friend's half-arab. He's a stunner and he knows it! But he loves his job.

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The first thing he does when he enters the ring is toss his mane from one side of his neck to the other. People laugh...
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And then he wins.
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post #53 of 101 Old 01-13-2013, 02:11 PM
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Holy cow, VaticanVice!!!!!

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post #54 of 101 Old 01-13-2013, 05:29 PM
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I've heard anything and everything about Arabs multiple times. I just respond and say anyone is welcome to come spend some time with mine. They'll all prove my point in a hurry! They're kind, friendly souls that only want to please the people around them.
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post #55 of 101 Old 01-15-2013, 07:13 AM
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You should try owning a Quarab!! One foot on each side of the fence. And I have to say, neither side is nicer then the other. But the QH ppl really get fired up when my girl smokes em ;) I've learned to live with it, and almost enjoy the extra competitiveness it brings me. Although, I would say being in the reining arena is toughest. My mare stops like a beast, but in the past, I've felt like I wasn't taken serious by particular judges until it came time to stop. But oh well, I know how talented and versatile she is. Sometimes it's just fun to prove the masses wrong :)
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post #56 of 101 Old 01-15-2013, 07:48 AM
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I was just thinking of a saying I've heard about arabians, that they are fit for a king. Now why isn't there any sayings like this about big, honking stock breeds? ;)
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post #57 of 101 Old 01-15-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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That horse is absolutely beautiful. Yes, in many open shows my arabs do way better than other horses but do not place because of bias.
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post #58 of 101 Old 01-15-2013, 12:06 PM
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Some Arab people are really against stock breeds. Or drafts. Personally I think each have their place and discrimination is sad.

While kings may have owned Arabs, I doubt many rode them, except maybe the original sheiks. The kings rode in carriages pulled by breeds bred specifically for that purpose.

Stock breeds allowed the west to be "won". Without the hardy stock breeds to round up the cattle, doctor them and transport people from a to b we wouldn't of got very far.
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post #59 of 101 Old 01-15-2013, 01:27 PM
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People are quick to ask if my Arab is ridden english, for whatever reason they cannot fathom that he is western pleasure! He's a fantastic trail horse with great endurance! Has a rotten, silly, showoffey personality and I am in love with him!
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post #60 of 101 Old 01-15-2013, 03:26 PM
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A couple of things, I actually got to see the place where Khemosabi spend his last 10 (if I remember correctly) years, Rancho Valle del Sol. They still had the stall plates on the stalls of several great stallions, and one I still don't know, and I'm sure I'm going to get the spelling wrong, but I believe it was Desert Shazar. Alada Baskin I, Khemosabi's stall plate was also still there. It was amazing seeing the pictures of some of the amazing horses they had.

My first big experience with Arabians, was when a trainer moved into my barn, and all of her Arabians were truly spooky, crazy, and had issues. There were none under 16 hands, most were purebred, a couple were cross bred. She told me once that going to Scottsdale, if you had a horse under 16 hands, there was no way you were going to win in the shows, which completely contradicts what I've known to be the breed standard for Arabians, which is that they are between 14 and 15.2 hands (or something similar to that), short backed, long necks, upright flagging tail. These guys were none of that, so I definitely ended up with a bit of a prejudice against those particular types of Arabians. So back to the first part, I started training a WB who was being boarded at Rancho Valle del Sol (after the Arab breeding business went under), and due to some issues, crappy trainer, neglected Arabians (trainer hated Arabians), I started working with some of the Arabs, and let me tell you, they changed my mind completely.

No Arab there (there were quite a few) were over 15.2, with the exception of one stallion, they were only flighty because of mishandling, but once you got them out, they were wonderful, I got to work with a couple of Khemosabi daughters, and they were amazing. They all had nice floaty movement, great conformation, and total opposites of what I'd seen previous. I started working with two half sisters, both 4 at the time, and they both had had some really bad experiences with people, so I sent one to a rescue who could better deal with her and her issues (trainer was trying to convince owner to put her down because she was "dangerous"), and both horses turned into amazing animals. The one at the rescue is doing wonderfully, the trainer at the rescue fell in love with her, and said she's one of the best horse's he's worked with. The one I took on was the calmest horse I've dealt with, after I got her over her issues with being handled. I found a new home for her after moving to MD, (she's 7 now), and the owner's 5 year old daughter rides this mare around, and has no problems with her what so ever.

I now have a huge soft spot for Arabs, and am so thankful that I got to meet the horses at Rancho Valle del Sol, and see how wonderful Arabians actually are. Unfortunately there are always going to be people who are uneducated about a specific breed, that are going to try and tell you that that breed can't do whatever it is, or is crazy, or is too lazy, or any other slew of stereo types, and the best thing you can do is just kick butt in the ring, and prove to them that YES in fact that horse CAN do whatever it is.
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