Hi everyone! I am considering purchasing an Arabian horse and just wanted to get everyone's input on the breed in general. I know they sometimes have the reputation of being high-strung and unmanagebale. From research I have done I don't think this is entirely true but please tell me what you think. How do they do in cold weather? Do you think an Arab could potentially be a good barrel horse? The horse I'm looking at is "very fast and entergetic" and has a shorter (but not really stocky) build. One of my big concerns is the type of saddle needed. The horse I'm looking at is currently being ridden in a youth saddle (although ridden, I believe, by a grown man) because of the fact that it is shorter. Can Arabs ever be ridden in a full or half QH bars saddle? I have not been able to find a used Arab saddle that was in my price range. However, there are tons of "regular" saddles in my price range. So that is one of my big concerns. I've only rode one Arabian and from what I remember it was a good ride but I need some people with more experience to tell me what they think! I am going to attach a couple of pics of the horse.... he looks somewhat underweight to me.... let me know what you think. Thanks!
Edit: The horse is 8 yrs. Old by the way.