Oh, those lovely Arabians. :) -sigh- I have always been captivated by their beauty and emotion. I think they're the most emotional and expressive horses I have ever seen, that's for sure!
The first horse I leased was an Arabian. His name was Tony. He was probably the first purebred Arab I had ever ridden and worked with. He was a mess.
He made me understand how sensitive the breed is. He completely fell apart when his original trainers had used harsh and abusive methods with him. Poor guy couldn't calmly canter with any confidence for his life! I loved that horse to death. No one else in the barn ever had the guts to ride him.
Heh! I miss that guy. He is the reason I fell in love with Arabians. Despite their terrible reputation. I guess it just takes a special person to be able to see through the rep. And see the sensitive, intelligent, willing, partner and horse within.
My horse now, Doc, is also an Arabian and apparently a very well bred one at that! Unfortunately his first owner somehow ended up keeping his papers.
He probably has the best natural movement I've ever seen on a horse. He's sweet and so incredibly smart! He just LOVES untying himself and getting out of his stall! He too, unfortunately is an example of how sensitive the breed is. Nothing was ever good enough for his old trainers/owners. They pushed him until he couldn't take it anymore and he learned how to object by bucking. He was the horse that would give his all for his "person". But when that wasn't good enough for them and they kept asking for more, he quit trying. Dressage will never really be his thing again, unfortunately, but he is a wonderful trail horse! He much prefers just hacking around the property.
I think I will always want a crazy Arab no matter what other people think of them. They just can't see what special wonderful horses they really are!