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post #1 of 32 Old 09-12-2012, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Question Arabian Horses- Please Help!

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.
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post #2 of 32 Old 09-12-2012, 10:58 AM
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That horse is FAR more than "somewhat" underweight and I really hope that he isn't being ridden in that state. Is he a recent rescue? If not I would hazard a guess that there is something very wrong with him to be that skinny with the apparently lush pasture he's in.

ETA - I don't know a ton about barrel racing, but I think it just depends on how competitive you are hoping to be. If you just want to play around with it, any horse will probably do just fine as long as it's healthy and it's conformation is sound.
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If he's the chestnut in those pics, the only thing he needs to be running to for the next 6 months is a dinner bucket. He's far too thin to even think of trying to fit him for a saddle.

Arabians tend to take a wider pitch saddle. The gullet is 6 1/2 to 6 3/4" but wider pitched than the normal FQHB saddle which is 7" but has a higher pitch or narrower slope to it. Arabians tend to have shorter backs so you can use either a round skirted Arabian saddle or a barrel saddle should be fine. They also make square skirted saddles for Arabs, rather than 27" long in the skirts, they tend to be from 25" to 26" instead.
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post #4 of 32 Old 09-12-2012, 11:58 AM
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Teeth checked and done, dewormed and groceries.....LOTS of groceries.
when he's in proper weight you can go and try saddles. I have a square skirt SQHB 16" Big Horn Flex tree saddle for my 14.2 ultra short backed Arabian. It has 25" skirts and it fits fine. Couldn't be half an inch longer, tho
As for Barrelracing, depends....of course Arabians can do that. If my horse was high strung to begin with I'd think twice tho.

With this one I'd ask the seller some serious questions as to why this poor guy is so thin....
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The Horse in the picture has a very high spine and wither, I do not know if that is because he is underweight/ out of shape or genetics.

Saddle fitting would be a nightmare at this point, I do not see a FQH Bar ever fitting, maybe a semi-qh bar in the future.

As far as Arabians being a good barrel racer, I have no idea.
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A good arabian can do pretty much anything you ask of it, they are really fast and very sharp. However they are also really intelligent and if they cant see the point in something then they will down tools and tell you where to go with the idea. The arab I had would jump anything that he couldn't go around on a trail but couldn't see the sense in jumping a showjump.
As for the arabian in the pics - Sorry not something I would buy. Why is he so thin on all that grass? He might be a cheap horse but could cost you a ton of money to get right and winter is on its way. Then when/if you do get him right he may be totally rubbish to ride. Walk away from this one
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A little under weight?! That horse needs at least another 100lbs put on him, I'd wager closer to the 150 or above range. I wouldn't even think of wasting money on saddle fitting him now, there is no way it'll fit when he (hopefully) puts on all the weight he seriously needs.
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Arabs tend to be easy keepers, so I'm rather shocked at how underweight that guy appears to be. Unless he's just recently been upgraded and didn't previously have enough to eat, there's something wrong with him.

No way would I even TRY to ride that poor bony thing, much less think I could barrel race with him. A half-starved horse isn't going to have the same temperament as one in good weight, so the way he's acting now may have absolutely nothing to do with his real personality.

I'd be asking some hard questions of the sellers, concentrating on his feed schedule, and when the last times were when he was wormed and had his teeth floated.

Once he's back up to a good weight is when you can consider his ability/temperament for barrel racing, as well as properly fitting him for a saddle.
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holy crazies that horse is thin... is someone really riding him when he looks like this??

before buying please spend the extra money in doing a full ppe work up on him. xrays, teech check, respirtotry(sp) , bloodwork etc

i think tianimalz is being easy with 100 lbs before riding or even considered. my arab was not that much under weight when i got him and he's only gained 100lbs and barly covering his ribs. you need atleast 3-400lbs before even starting hard ground work with him i think. he is just really bad off!

as for arab saddles... look on stateline or aother cheap tack places. you can find different options cheap that would suit your purpose. as for barrel racing why not. but as of right now i don't see how this guy has any extra energy to do anything other then eat. i don't see him getting high strung or even remotely willing to move out until he gets some weight in his back along the spin, hips on over his ribs.
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Yes, as the others have said-he is way too thin to even think about riding him at all at this point.He needs groceries, time & maybe some vet work-teeth floating, worming, to get him back in shape. Do the owners say anything about his condition?
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