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.
Last edited by Remali; 01-18-2013 at 02:50 PM.