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post #91 of 96 Old 04-16-2013, 10:28 PM
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Love my Arabs :)

I respect people not liking them, as there are breeds I don't like overall. However, when people say all Arabs are bad horses or something negative like that, I'll get defensive. I can and will appreciate a good horse, regardless of breed.

That's all I ask people do with Arabians :)

Oh, and I always give invitations for Arabian haters to come visit mine. They're good horses, lol.

ETA: For those of you that are anti-dish, take a look at the horse in my avatar. He's an almost Straight Russian Arabian gelding (and a former National Champion). Not much dish there, eh? But he is still a very handsome Arab (and going strong at 18 years old).
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post #92 of 96 Old 04-16-2013, 11:05 PM
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I'll never understand fully why people blame the breed.

I give thumbs up to Arabs. They can be very smart and calm. Just like any horse. They can also be flighty, reactive, etc. Again just like any other horse.

Depends on the horse's training, rider, etc. I don't want to say that bloodlines are everything. However if you have a Arab that was bred for (or has) endurance, racing, etc. then you may have a more 'go-go' horse.

Just like any other horse...

AQHA/APHA/ApHA reining (same with speed events) horses have a natural go while those same breeds that are bred for western don't have such a 'go' and would probably rather walk than do what reiners do. However it can be vise versa. Those horses are usually known as the 'calmer' breeds and yet they can be just as hyper and reactive as Arabs are (for some reason) are known for.

I absolutely love Arabs. If I can get another horse I would get an Arab, or National Show Horse. I just adore the dished faces and in one point in my life I'll own a Arab. They're just stunning IMO.
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post #93 of 96 Old 04-17-2013, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Paintlover1965 View Post
I LOVE my Arabian/Saddlebred named Joey. He is the best horse ever. But, he's not for everyone especially, the some of QH lovers at my barn. Don't get me wrong, I like QHs but my Joey is a lot more fun in my opinion. I think he's intelligent, intuitive, loyal, energetic, smooth gaited, handsome, versatile and he's all mine! My horse has never disappointed me as he always gives his 110%. He's great with beginners and will even do "pony rides from hell" as I call it if asked or put his all into something new. I truly haven't found something he hasn't been able to do. All within my own limitations and always for fun only. I always feel safest with him. I love the way he watches me leave from his gate. He really can melt my heart.
I feel the same about my Arabian/Saddlebred cross mare,
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post #94 of 96 Old 04-17-2013, 02:12 AM
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Really depends on the person and horse, I'd say!

Arabs are VERY sensitive and responsive. They can also be airheads. Mine, Maverick, is awesome! What I've learned from working with him is that you have to ASK not TELL. If I ever tell Maverick to do something he throws his head, arches his back, bucks, prances, puts up a fit, etc. If I ask him, however, he's awesome! He responds quickly and in a genuine, kind manner. Like every horse though, you can't take that as an excuse to not be a firm rider. you've gotta be as soft as you can, yet if they're being bratty, you've gotta make sure that they know that it isn't acceptable. Usually I'll respond with a quick tug of the rein or pushing him forward a LOT. That way they don't have much of a tantrum.

I watched a professional lesson done once...My trainer's match haha My trainer was getting a lesson on one of her new horses who was a saddlebred/arabian. The thing with my trainer is that when she wants something from a horse, she asks but if she doesn't get that thing she makes sure that the horse knows that it's wrong. Her hands aren't very soft and if the horse is spooking at something she'll turn the horse towards it and make the horse walk towards it. It DOES make sense, however what the other coach was saying was that Arabs are a breed with a VERY good memory. If they spook in one corner they're going to remember that and if you make a big deal about them spooking they'll remember that there's something to make a deal about there. The coach was saying how instead of making the horse go towards it, you've gotta completely ignore it. Think "Hm, I'm not sure why you aren't staying on the rail" even though you know what the problem is. That way the horse won't see it as as much of an issue the next time. So she was getting her to drop her hands, keep soft fingers, ask and release, ask and release.

It's sensitive things like that that make the breed difficult. They're smart!

However, as intelligent as the breed is, there are always those airheads that just don't know what they're doing and why they're doing it. My friend has an Arab who is just a big dummie. He'll run around with his head in the air and doesn't really think about anything that he does. He's not really the smartest of the pack for sure.

My horse Maverick is amazing though. He's a natural jumper and I started him on barrel racing and games and stuff a while ago and he is SUPER speedy! He gives quick turns as long as I sit and let him turn instead of using my rein to guide him through it. He's a very spooky horse, but if he wasn't, he'd make a great cowhorse. He stops and turns and does rollbacks on a dime! I'm also showing him in English and Western Pleasure and we won high point at our last show! He can be super calm and lazy, but mostly, he's super jumpy, jittery and energetic. Not totally sure if that's because he's only 6 and has no experience or because he's an Arab, it's hard to tell.

Anyway, if you're a patient rider who wants a challenge, I'd definitely recommend and Arab. They're a beautiful and magnificent breed! If you aren't a big fan of taking your time and being relaxed through training, the Arabian is definitely NOT for you.


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post #95 of 96 Old 04-19-2013, 02:17 AM
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I have owned Arabs for over 20+ yrs. I love them. They are intelligent which tends to get them into trouble as they look for ways to entertain themselves. The nature of the horse tends to come from the rider/handler. Calm quiet rider calm horse. Arabs do not like a hard hand they, as someone put it, like being "asked". There is a real relationship between an Arab and the owner. They are the Golden Retrievers of the horse world. There is a reason the Bedouins had the Arabians sleep in their tent as they were family. I have ridden other breeds and like Arabs the most. Their reponsiveness and willing to please is tops. They are also just Beautiful!!
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post #96 of 96 Old 04-20-2013, 04:47 PM
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I think it depends soley on the individual horse. Breed stigmas are wrong. Arabs = crazy, hot headed loony bins? No. Some, maybe. My Arab is the best thing that has ever happened, hes such a marvelous horse. He does have energy, and lots of it, he is also intelligent (too intellligent), willing, and affectionate. Yup, their are going to be the air heads in the Arabian world, just as in any other breed. Arabs may have MORE tendecies to be rather hyper and insano than take a typical Quarter Horse but that doesnt mean they are all like that, and that doesnt mean Quarter Horses are all completely docile, your going to get the air heads in that breed too. It depends on the individual horse and owner.
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