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post #61 of 101 Old 01-15-2013, 10:36 PM
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And that makes me wonder what trainer that was...LOL. My guess is NOT one that does a lot of winning ;)
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post #62 of 101 Old 01-16-2013, 01:14 PM
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I lived in cow country on a beef production ranch so when my parents let me take a free lease on an Arab everyone had something to say. Why would they put their 12yr old on a crazy ay-rab!? Lol needless to say this boy was bombproof. He had developed a bad rep due to the trainer he was sent to. The trainer didn't understand the sensitivity of Arabs and made things worse. My best friend 13 at the time ended up training him herself. She also had another Arab, a retired endurance racer, so her parents offered me a free lease to her gelding. I continued to ride him for years. I rode him pregnant with my daughter and had my daughter in a front pack at a month old on trail rides with us. So much for that crazy ay-rab LoL He is now leased to another young girl :)

Arabs are my favorite breed but I've met amazing horses from multiple breeds and would never discount a horse due to it's breed. What matters is temperament.
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post #63 of 101 Old 01-16-2013, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by dressagebelle View Post
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
Lol I would like to know who this trainer is. The owners of the stable where I take lessons bring home ribbons from Scottsdale nearly every year and not one of their horses is over 16HH.
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post #64 of 101 Old 01-16-2013, 01:58 PM
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^^Maybe they were talking about the halter horses. The performance horses are still more true to type and are a smaller on average.

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post #65 of 101 Old 01-16-2013, 08:53 PM
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I have a barn full of Arabs(6 Arabs, 2 QHs, 1 Paso, 1 App, and 1 TWH) Arabs are my favorite. Of all 6 of them only one is spooky but that is lack of time out of the pen. People all make comments on them. I once had a vet that showed up and said "you have a barn full of crazy horses" of course, I told him to get off the property and called the owner of the Vet Clinic. He hasn't been back since.
The easiest thing to do is ignore them. Gotta love people but the more I am around people the more I love my ARABS! :0
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post #66 of 101 Old 01-17-2013, 09:12 AM
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I have been riding Arabs and Arab Xs the past 45 years. I have seen them come to the US a wonderful breed and almost get destroyed (emotionally, mentally, and physically) due to the show world. In the endurance world, (my heart) The Arabian is back to it's true self.
To impower you, do some research on the desert horse breeds of the Arabian history. I am doing that now, after all these years, and have even more respect and love for my breed of choice! This will really be a confidence boost when surrounded by those horse folks of other breeds/sports.
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post #67 of 101 Old 01-17-2013, 07:49 PM
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I work at a therapeutic riding center where clients with various disabilities ride as a form of therapy. Our horses have to be extremely safe, sane, calm and bombproof. We currently have 2 Arabs and an Arab cross. We get a lot of comments from horse people about using Arabians in our program, about them not being safe for what we do. Our 3 Arab/Arab crosses are amazing. 2 of them have been in our program for 8+ years and I would say that they're the backbone of our program. The Arab cross is relatively new and is doing fantastic with his training and sessions. I'm a strong believer in 'every horse is different, regardless of breed'. I really don't understand why there is so much hate for Arabians. I find them to be an incredibly intelligent and intuitive breed.
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post #68 of 101 Old 01-17-2013, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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At a barn that I used to go to, which was an arab barn, all the lesson horses were arabs and I could ride them bareback at age five if led (I barely knew how to ride a horse). Definitely not spooky horses. One horse in particular was the main lesson horse, named Coko. Purebred gelding. All the little kids loved him. You could let him out of the pasture on his own and he would walk all the way across the property and go inside the barn and into his stall. An amazing horse. My favorite horse there was named Starfire, another purebred gelding. He was a more advanced lesson horse, and I leased him for a while as I have a preference for more spirited horses. Personally, I do not even care for the temperament. A horse is a horse. Sometimes I want a calm, relaxing ride. Sometimes I want a fun high speed ride. Sometimes I want a smart horse to teach tricks or just a friendly one to groom. I like arabians because they come in an especially wide range of personalities, perfect for all of these things. And then I have my horse, who is perfect for bonding with because I know he won't have to leave me.
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post #69 of 101 Old 01-18-2013, 01:47 PM
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Dressagebelle, that's awesome you were out at Rancho Valle del Sol. Some of the greats were out there, must have been so exciting. I was out in Scottsdale in the late 1980's, had the chance to see Karho before it was torn down, and saw *Muscat, *Nariadni and *Mag. An experience I will never ever forget. Also visited many other Arabian farms out there, it was amazing.

Sadly, it is some of the trainers themselves who give the Arabian breed a bad rap, too many Arabians are abused, kept in stalls too long, and terrorized with "halter training", resulting in scared bug-eyed horses (not to mention the surgically-altered halter horses we had some years ago...). I wish the American trainers would adopt more of a European method of showing, and/or show them more in the Arabian sporthorse manner, quiet and controlled and relaxed.

And speaking of lesson horses... back in the 1960's (OK that is aging me a bit, ha) my first lesson horse was a purebred Arabian gelding named Bing. I was hooked.

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post #70 of 101 Old 01-18-2013, 07:37 PM
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I'm not a huge fan of the Arabian. I do think many are beautiful horses in their own right and have spectacular movement and stunning features but they are not the horse for me.

I feel as though many people over here in Australia have ruined the breed. With their mutant like dished faces, piles of makeup on them, dyed coats, shaved off whiskers and eyelashes and they all seem to be able to trot beautifully but can't walk or canter. There is a huge amount of halter show horses in Australia but rarely do you see them able to perform under saddle.

But some are exquisite! They perform in hand and clean up under saddle! These horses are trainable, have a great work ethic and are so proud of them selves it's breath taking! But they are few and far between!

I guess it's not the horse's fault, it's their owners! Unfortunately for me, the only Arabian people I've dealt with all are pretty nasty people. Both to other people and to their horses. I can't believe some the techniques they use to show off their horses! Whips, electrical devices, using solutions to permantely remove hair and whiskers. Not to mention that these people are so one minded about Arabians they bag out every other breed! And to me, they don't respect the breed they are so "passionate" about for what it really is!

Not everyone is like that though! Just the ones I've dealt with...

To me the Arabian horse is about versatility, endurance and elegance!
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