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post #1 of 40 Old 08-29-2011, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Arabian Lines - your opinions/experiences?

I'm just curious on everyone's opinions and/or experiences with some of the various Arabian lines (Crabbet, Domestic, Egyptian, Polish, Russian, Shagya). What do you like/dislike about the general temperment and conformation of each line, which do you have experience with? Which do you prefer?

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Just by looks, I'm not fond of Polish. Those I've seen have more of a snub nose, and look almost like a QH/Arab cross, to me. JMHO
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I've owned a majority of Straight Eqyptians, some Crabbet, Spanish, and Polish. I like an arab that looks like an arab without club feet, calf knees, cow hocks etc. All of the strains and families have their pros and cons. I leaned more towards SE for their history. All have type that varies good and bad. I have seen beautiful Arabs in all.
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I like the SE, although the ones I've encountered tend to run hotter than the others.
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Not a fan of the SEs, especially the Al Khamsa horses. They've been inbred -excuse me- linebred so much they're fugly, stupid, and over reactive. They look like bad cartoon caricatures of the original breed.

There are some nice SEs, but I happen to think they're few and far between. There used to be plenty of SEs that I liked. Nowadays, not so much.

Give me a good Crabbet bred horse. They come closer to the original ideal than any of the other wasp waisted, swan necked, massive jibbahed monstrosities.

Oh, and regardless of its breeding, if it's not registered it's a GRADE, and can't be shown at breed shows. So if someone's interested in showing at Arabian Regionals, their horse needs to be registered and shown at A rated breed shows in order to qualify for Regionals. Can't just show up at Regionals without winning at the lower levels and qualifying first.

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From which line was the sire Gdansk? I used to ride one of his daughters (or was that granddaughter??) I was new to horses then, so none of that mattered to me. The horse, tho, was a really nicely built mare.
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i like all Arabians. From A big dip in the head to Non at all. i have a Crabbet Arabian Last of her good breed.. :( She is getting old... :( But the crabbets carry such good attitudes that everyone needs one! lol
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In my experience:

The SE ones I've dealt with although magnificent looking remind me of small ceramic dolls that should be left on a shelf to avoid breakage. They also have had a tendency to be much "hotter" which I think is in part due to so much halter breeding. They want that showy, snorty, hot look in the halter classes so that's what they breed for. I've also heard a lot of stories about Morafic bred SE's being extremely tempermental and hard to handle at times.

Crabbet - I've only dealt with one really. I loved him to death as he was my first horse but he left my butt walking home more times than I could count! I think they have an exceptional work ethic but can definitely have their days of doing what they want.

I have no experience (YET) with Polish lines although I have heard they tend to be built and bred for more athleticism which I hope is true! I'll let you all know how it goes as my mostly Polish boy comes home in October.

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Personally, I love my polish bred mares, both good looking with a brain. I love the Varian and Khemosabi lines best. I don't care for the type which look like breyer models and are just as fragile.
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From which line was the sire Gdansk? I used to ride one of his daughters (or was that granddaughter??) I was new to horses then, so none of that mattered to me. The horse, tho, was a really nicely built mare.
Gdansk was a pure Polish Bask son. Small, but very prepotent, he produced some beauties. I have two mares with Gdansk breeding. DS Magic's Royalty is a grand-daughter of his son Duel, top 10 English Pleasure Champion. Magic is carrying on the tradition of excelling in the ring with a recent win this weekend in Sport Horse and also won Reserve Champion. I also have her daughter- double Duel/Gdansk.
She is Polish and 67.75% Crabbet. I love the Polish and Crabbet Arabians. They have great minds, great work ethics, calm demeanor, dense bone typically, and are very athletic. They aren't wispy and overbred. You couldn't ask for a better companion.

Of course I love the Phara Arabians, but they are also Crabbet bred, but there's another thread about them, so I'll leave it others to read about them there if they like.

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