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post #11 of 50 Old 08-23-2010, 03:07 PM
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You have to keep an Arabian interested. If they're unhappy, bored, or just don't like what they're doing, they let you know in no uncertain terms!

It's no accident that the horses who generally win in endurance are Arabians or Arabian crosses. They love the sensory stimulation.
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post #12 of 50 Old 08-23-2010, 03:44 PM
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Speaking of Arabians, this is off-topic, but has anyone heard of an Arabian mare whose registered name is Moonlight (or Moonlyte/Moonlite) Jazz? If you know, could you PM me? My husband rescued a retired therapy horse a few years ago and our beautiful girl's (who has a clubbed foot, so I'm surprised she was bred) history shows she dropped a gray filly who was registered under that name. I'm just curious to see what our old pasture companion (who is so noble and spry at 27 years) will be leaving behind. I just asked for our mare's info when I called the AHA... then thought about it and thought it would be neat if someone had a picture of her baby! These are pics of our mare from this morning: to people who think that Arabs are all flighty and stupid (NOT in this thread, of course ), this mare served people as a therapy horse for many years in her mid-teens until she was about 20-21.Therapy horses are far from flighty and stupid. Tolerant and patient is more like it. Here is a pic of our girl from this morning!

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post #13 of 50 Old 08-23-2010, 03:50 PM
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I'm sorry for the ginormous photo: I downsized it by more than 1/2 in paint, and it still popped up here as giant? Ugh.
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post #14 of 50 Old 08-23-2010, 04:05 PM
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Wow, I feel honored, I have an Anglo Arab and Arabians are my favorite breed.

My boy is very very smart, too cheeky for words though and plays tricks on me :\ But I love him!

He is very affectionate (when he wants to be) and reads me like a book. Went for my first ride on him after my operation today (nearly 4 weeks) and he really looked after me :) He was a little eager but who cam blame him.

We Show Jump and we've never come away without a 1st, he is a really fantastic horse. The TB in him gives him the edge in the jump-off! But also a disadvantage to me when i'm trying to catch him from the field :P

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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!
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With some Arabians you can't use a crop or whip. They just simply will not tolerate it.

I know all about how an Arab can be if they disapprove of something.

They truly are larger than life, aren't they?
I know! I can tickle my gelding on the shoulder for encouragement but if I smack him on the butt he just stops dead as if to say 'how very dare you!, I'm not doing anything for you now!' and sometime has a little stomp and a strop... and then we carry on with schooling, lol and he is good as gold.
Arabs= definitely larger than life!

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post #17 of 50 Old 08-23-2010, 04:17 PM
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Someone I know said that an Arab's like a Jack Russel, while a quarter horse is like a Lab. Thanks for the lovely pics, sarahver!
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post #18 of 50 Old 08-23-2010, 04:20 PM
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Someone I know said that an Arab's like a Jack Russel, while a quarter horse is like a Lab.

Um, no. Arabians are nothing like Jack Russel Terrorists.

Sounds like your friend just dislikes Arabians.
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post #19 of 50 Old 08-23-2010, 04:22 PM
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Um, no. Arabians are nothing like Jack Russel Terrorists.


Hahaha! That made me laugh! My mom hates Jack Russels! The man who owned a barn I rode at for a while had one named Angel. Ironic, right?
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post #20 of 50 Old 08-23-2010, 04:25 PM
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Should have called the beast Demon Seed. That's a better name for them!
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