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    08-23-2010, 04:39 PM
  #21
Weanling
Speed racer; I feel your pain....I had a spanish arabian gelding some years ago and he changed my life forever....he too had that 'I'm here...you may adore me' attitude and everyone did. Like you said, people were drawn to him and boy did he love the attention. When I came across him, he had been badly abused and was the most evil thing I'd ever seen, but yet, I saw deep in those big black eyes a little spark of life that said 'please give me a second chance' and crazy me, I did just that. Evreyone thought I had lost my mind and told me that horse was going to kill me..but I saw something different. He trusted no one, and used everything in his physical power to make sure you knew that too. But, after a long two years, and a ton of love and patience, he was a totally different horse that went from charging at people with his ears pinned and nostrils flared to when I called his name in a 40-acre pasture, I could hear him call back to me before he would appear from behind the trees, jump a small creek, and run towards me with ears up and eyes bright. He would totally freak out if someone else got up on him,and they usually weren't up there long..lol... There were days where all we did was play in the outdoor arena and ride bareback.....and the last bittersweet memory I have of him was of a beautiful fall evening.....It was just me and him in the outdoor arena riding bareback and it was if he somehow knew this was the last time we were going to be together....we rode around some then stopped in the middle of the arena facing the sunset and I still remember what the air smelled like and the warmth of the setting sun and exactly how he smelled on that last evening....we both stood there and watched the sun set....and then soon after the warm air was chilled and it was like the door that had been open for us was now closed....I've never cried so much before in my life that I recall that I did that night... I slept with his saddle blanket that night( I washed it of coarse) and cried so much my sides hurt.....I vowed that night that if I ever got another horse it would be another arabian....there's just something about them.... Sorry this was soooo long....didn't mean for it to be.....I still miss him.....
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    08-23-2010, 04:42 PM
  #22
Yearling
Ooooh Arabians!

I love everything about them!
I really do consider them beautiful with the exception of some scary show-types with swan necks and scrawny necks.
I love their naturally arched neck, I like how delicate their muzzles are, I like the natural head and tail carriage :)
I like their short round little bum and their elegant and yet so strong legs!
Wonderful eyes, I am sorry if I offend anyone but the Arabian horses eyes actually remind me of those beautiful Arabian...women's smoldering eyes, hidden behind a veil that you see in some pictures. So much passion and beauty comprised in a glance!
They have this melted liquid fire in their look, so passionate and nice, I don't understand how someone can consider their look as crazy and repulsive, but eh that's just me.
I also like their natural floaty trot, so elastic and sturdy.

And about temperament, well the final note is given by training and proper ownership. But what's not to like about one of the most intelligent breeds, though. If I wanted complete an blind obedience, I'd get a car. If I wanted (and could afford) a horse, I'd get an Arab :)
     
    08-23-2010, 04:58 PM
  #23
Showing
Annaleah, what a lovely picture and wonderful tribute to your special boy. I can hear the devotion in your words.

I had Conny from the time he was 4 y/o until he was 25 y/o. Those 21 years were magic, but far too short. 21 more wouldn't have been nearly enough time.

I loved him more than any horse before or after he came into my life. I had people over the years try to buy him, but how could I possibly have sold a part of myself?

He was 14.1 h and thought he was 18 h, and acted like it. Regal, imperious, impatient, but also loyal, brave, and with the heart of a lion.

I lost more than just a horse the day I put him down. I lost the rest of my youth and a piece of my soul.
     
    08-23-2010, 05:25 PM
  #24
Trained
I have been captivated by arabians since I was old enough to read. I had the distinct advantage of having a horse crazy mother, so it is in my blood. Even at a young age, I would leaf through her books and marvel over the sheer magnificence of arabians.

I have had the pleasure of riding a beautiful arabian stallion a few times, even at 23 he had a fire and magesty that no other horse I have ridden could possibly match.

My ultimate dream horse would be a tall egyptian arabian, maybe around 15.3h. Colour wouldn't matter - how could any colour be wrong on such a beast?
     
    08-23-2010, 05:41 PM
  #25
Showing
I don't like tall Arabians.

Arabians are supposed to be compact little horses, not tall and gangly.

Purposely breeding them tall has taken away a lot of their refinement, IMO.

I like the Crabbet bred horses, and I've always been a fan of Bazy Tankersly's horses. She breeds the 'old type' Arabian, not these tall wanna be TB type Arabs.

It also doesn't help that I've never been impressed with the SEs. Too many of them are froot loops because of the extreme inbreeding, um, er, I mean linebreeding that's been done with them over the years.
     
    08-23-2010, 06:27 PM
  #26
Green Broke
Annaleah - What a touching story, thank you for sharing, I am sure you were a bit misty eyed typing that up!

Leonalee - Your girl is beautiful, I love her eyes they are so striking.

Speedy - I know you're hearing me, Anglo-Arabians: The breed of the future right?!

Wildberry - Love the picture of you guys taking a swim! It doesn't surprise me at all to hear that an Arabian reacted badly to harsh training methods now that I know the breed a little better.

Northern - I am always happy to provide lovely horse piccies since I know I enjoy looking at everyone elses horses, makes sense to share hey?

In a Click - Wait till you see the look in an angry Arabians eye, 'smouldering' only begins to describe it!

SR - I know a certain someone else who is less than enchanted with the new-age height producing Arabians (!)

Chillea - If it is size you are after, go the Anglo Arabian! Best of both worlds!

Thanks everyone for your stories and pics, keep them coming...
     
    08-23-2010, 07:33 PM
  #27
Started
The person I know who made the comparison was speaking from the point of view of liking Arabs, & saying how they, like JRs, need a lot of savvy, like to bond to one person, have high energy, are super-smart, etc., & how, since both are more demanding of humans, they get bashed by the ones who don't want to deal. This person's horses have always been Arabs, & dogs, JRs.
     
    08-23-2010, 08:07 PM
  #28
Green Broke
My first and second horses were Arabians. I adore them! I think they have the most beautiful eyes of any horse breed. After having two Arabians, it took some getting used to the look of just about every other breed. Their eyes look small and sunk into their skull in comparison to Arabians.

I still love spirited, sensitive horses, but I have come to appreciate other breeds too. For instance, my neighbor has high quality Quarter Horses, and their laid-back dispositions amaze me. They truly give the breed a good reputation! But back when I boarded there were some girls who always bashed my Arabians (who I rode out on the trails by myself, every day of the week) and they had Quarter Horses, (who to them were obviously superior!) and their horses bucked and jigged and everything. My Arabians were the ultimate trail horses.
     
    08-23-2010, 08:09 PM
  #29
Weanling
I too are a fan of the 'old type' arabian. I don't like my arabs tall either. Reggie was a comfortable almost 14.3h perfect height for me for I stand only 5'2!! I also think that the heightness that they are breeding into them is taking away from their original arab majesty, so to speak.
     
    08-23-2010, 08:33 PM
  #30
Green Broke
I have fallen in love with arab crosses. The horse that I leased over the summer (and will hopefully go back to leasing) is an Anglo-Arab, and I think he is a great ambassador for that cross. The best of both worlds!

The mare that I bought was an Arab cross and she was sooo smart, she went from being very untrustworthy and not knowing much to a month later being able to lunge, tie quietly, stand quietly, and be hosed and fly sprayed. I felt like I also had a much deeper bond with her than I have had with any other horse. I was on crutches most of the time that I owned her and she was very careful around me. Sadly I had to sell her due to having to have surgery.
     

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