The Arabian (question)
As some of you may know, I am buying a little 14.3 hh blood bay arab very soon. I have helped train her, as she was sitting in pasture for 4+ years, unused. She needed ALOT of work, but between me and my trainer, she has come a long, long away and is even giving lessons for inter. Riders. I have fallen pretty hard for her and her true owner has agreed that I can buy her.
However, my heart breed has always been the TB. I actually enjoy the unpredictability of the breed, and how they are always different. This is actually my first time truly getting to know the Arab breed. I took lessons on an olllddd arab for 1 yr before moving on to a more advanced horse.
I hate to admit it, but I honestly don't really know that much about Arabs. I believe that she isn't that typical from what I've seen. She can be a bit stubborn, but hates getting in trouble and will quickly drop whatever act she is trying to pull. She tends to drop her shoulder alot (we are working on that) and likes to have a fairly quick canter (we ride english). She is honestly not that mare-ish. She tends to think up new tricks to try out on her rider, such as deciding not to move at all. (she isn't in pain, but just decides the ride is over... I quickly got her over that). Before that she tripped alot, again no injury, just her pretending. She doesn't do that anymore. She is very smart and learns quickly. She is barefoot. She isn't at ALL spooky. I took her to a show and she acted like she had done it a million times (we placed first and second in everything we entered!!).
This is just about her, tho. What is the typical arab like? How long do they typically live for? (she will be 14 this year). Anything else I should be aware of? What are any usual health problems for arabs?
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