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post #11 of 53 Old 12-30-2012, 11:36 PM
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It's definitely a club. I've had multiple farriers, and 2 vets look at it and tell me it's a club. It's not the greatest picture.
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post #12 of 53 Old 12-30-2012, 11:48 PM
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Well, the only way to be 100% sure would be seeing foal pics......since farriers and vets are usually male, I'll keep my female mouth shut....
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post #13 of 53 Old 12-31-2012, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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I wonder if Dreamer has something like that, or if she is just being her stubborn self: "Noooo, I don't WANNA use the right lead. Here, have my left lead. I like my left." Silly, silly mare.

You and Imagine look pretty good. I can see what you mean by him wanting to go faster. He sounds JUST like my Dreamer. She, too, was trained to stop quickly. I guess it is better than not stopping at all. When I first started riding/training her, -anything- that came out of your mouth meant stop! And I mean anything. I called over hi to a fellow barn member, and she stopped! I told a friend to take a pic of us, and she stopped. Basically, you speak, you get a stop. Haha. She is MUCH better now and doesn't do that anymore. She has come so far. I'm going to try taking her over some jumps on the line first. Maybe she will know not to rush them, as I fear she might do if I ride her over them at a canter. She trots them ok. We have alot to work on....

Do Arabs typically get spooky? I feel like the arabs I've known in the past were really high strung, stubborn, and more or less "self centered" meaning they don't care a super whole lot for their riders as opposed to those horses who take really good care of their riders, if you know what I mean. But like I said, I haven't ever truly worked/loved an Arab before. And even now, its only been Dreamer. There is another girl who works a crazy Arab. He hates everyone and everything and is incrediblyyyy stubborn. He doesn't seem like alot of fun to me, but she loves him, haha. I'll stick to my sweet loving girl.

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post #14 of 53 Old 12-31-2012, 06:20 AM
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Haha, Imagine used to do that same thing to me! I couldn't say a word to anybody on his back or he would just stop. And while he would listen to the "whoa" on the flat, once we started jumping he would get so excited that he wouldn't listen to me anymore. He used to have a bad habit of having a nice steady canter, and as soon as we turned the corner towards a jump, he'd rush it BADLY. It just took time and he stopped doing that.
I've only met one spooky Arab. Just like any other breed, you can get some spookers. I've had Imagine spook on me pretty bad about some things, but he'll never spin or bolt, he just won't go near it. And it was things like roll tops or jump decorations on the side of the arena that he'd never seen before. But if the same things were in front of a jump, he wouldn't take a second glance at them =] I just took him on a trail ride last month with 2 other boarders riding their Morgans, and their Morgans spooked at EVERYTHING and Imagine was just kinda walking behind them like "I don't know what you guys are doing, but I'm going to stay back here..." Haha.
My Arab takes such great care of me. I had a concussion a couple months ago and wasn't supposed to ride, but I would get on Imagine and just walk him around. Things that he might normally have peaked at, he didn't. I swear he knew he had to be more careful with me =]
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post #15 of 53 Old 12-31-2012, 08:08 AM
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Lots of good descriptives on Arabs

"scary smart".

"won't put up with bullying" and that one gets them into trouble with trainers that don't understand them as those trainers think they're stupid and keep "beating them until the morale improves"

Which segways into "undying loyalty" that has to be EARNED.

"They are tricksters". I know when my 13.3H, 26+ Arab is getting ready to do something to me because his ears come waaaay forward, his eyes get all sparkly and he lowers his head/sticks his nose out The little winter pic in my sig is my Arab when he was 23:)

I rescued him 19+ years ago starving and with an injured vertebra. He ended up being a fantastic lesson horse for children. Stopping and refusing to move whenever the 12 & up crowd thought they knew more than he did - lol lol

Or, he would wait until they got off their seat and he would quick step in the other direction, then look at them on the ground - ears forward eyes sparkling. Streeter never bucked anybody off but if he was annoyed with their know-it-all antics, he sure was good at disloging them from his back once they lost their seat

My vet just shakes his head at Streeter and says "these Arabs are tough, he will be going strong when he's 30"; which is only three years away, so I hope to stretch that to 35 or more

I can't wait for pictures. Many years ago I had a Lippett Morgan/Egyptian Arab cross that was a solid Blood Bay -not a white hair on him. I've never seen another true Blood Bay
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post #16 of 53 Old 12-31-2012, 09:15 AM
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Hmmm, scary smart? I would say they are more acute to their surroundings. I wouldn't advise a nervous rider to be paired up with one. They are very receptive to light aids, smart breed with a lot of heart. I have one retired SE that remains on my place, still partial to the breed.
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I have a very well trained mare that if you do not use light cues you will find yourself qualifying for the NFR in saddle bronc riding.
Arabs do not IMO buck very hard yet this mare can go from being trained to the lower levels of dressage to bronco before you can take another breath.
About being spooky my pure polish mare can and will notice and spook at anything unless she is ridden daily. School busses are her greatest fear if she is fresh. Turn around after the first 5 miles and she becomes blind to any and all distractions. Shalom
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The more I hear about the breed from all of you, the more I think you might be right. She IS very sensitive and will break from canter to trot if I shift my weight to much. But man is she sweet. I cannot WAIT to have her all to myself to bond more with her. I'm rather protective of my horses-I don't like other people riding them. I'm a one horse one girl kind of person. I think Dreamer and I will end up becoming even closer the more I work with her. I like that you say that loyalty needs to be earned. She did buck me off only once, when she didn't want to pick up her right lead. She has never done it before and hasn't done it since. I still don't know why she did that. It isn't like her. MAybe, like people, she has "off" or bad days where she just isn't in the mood. I still don't know. But even when she tossed me off, a pretty good size buck, according to my trainer who wasn't working with me that day but happened to be at the barn and saw it, she did her best not to run me over and intentionally dodged around me when I fell. Good girl. (Kinda) :)

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post #19 of 53 Old 12-31-2012, 04:38 PM
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You're absolutely right that horses have "off" days. My gelding has done something similar, too. He did out once and had never done out before or since - totally bizarre. :)
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post #20 of 53 Old 12-31-2012, 04:40 PM
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They're living breathing creatures, not machines. Like every other living thing, they're going to have 'off' days.

As far as her not running over top of you after she bucked you off, unless a horse is rogue, none of them are willing to run over a human being.

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