My gelding is half Arab, half TB, and he is wonderful <3
We have had some BIG problems, when I first bought him things were amazing for about a month and a half and then the relationship started to go downhill. He started bolting, he bucked me off, he went from lovely and steady while jumping to rushing his fences, I was THIS close to giving up on him and giving him back to his previous owner. I'm not sure what made me keep going but I'm **** glad I did!
I got a coach to help me and he was one of those "blame it on the horse" types. He saw what I was doing wrong, but the rushing fences thing? That was Monty's fault, not mine, in the eyes of that coach. Which was entirely inaccurate - it was my fault!
Anyway, long story short, it took me a year to really 'get' him, but once I did, he 'got' me, and things all of a sudden started going well. I'm not sure what changed in our relationship exactly but all of a sudden I stopped taking him for granted and started loving him for more than just 'being a horse' and now, at the two year one month mark, I can't imagine my life without him.
Monty's Arab half is 100% Crabbet, and he is a very substantial horse [solid built, chunky head and neck, big solid legs and feet] with an... interesting temperament. It's a great temperament, but an interesting one, that's for sure.
He holds grudges. He gets mad. He gets jealous. He is a human trapped in a horse's body - he does NOT act like a horse AT ALL! He's very possessive of his ladies, the moment you bring in a gelding he doesn't know he turns into the herd stallion and is out to kill the male interloper. I swear he's bipolar or something, he can go from totally lazy to just about bolting in a heartbeat with no perceptible reason and he can also go from totally cooperative to the exact opposite in the time it takes to say "he's a bit fresh".
Arabs ARE quite like cats. I find that Monty is incredibly affectionate with everyone - sort of like a ragdoll cat - but he does have HIS person, who he plays up for more than he would someone he doesn't know. But he also gives his person more of himself. He tries harder.
My guy is incredibly lazy!! He's so quiet that most horse people I've let ride him ask me if he's a QH [if they don't already know he's an Anglo] and one person asked me if he had Clydie in him. BUT, he can be strong, and if you offend him heaven help you because he can be completely contrary! Push him to go faster and he slows down or stops, ask him to stop and he goes faster... try to turn him one way he insists he must go the other... stubborn old toad he is!
Probably his funniest trait, definitely the thing I most adore him for, is the way he comes running, calling out, if he's cold and you pick up his rug. Closely followed by the way he tries to walk away, the most adorable "one is cold, thou must never remove one's rug in these conditions!" look on his face, if you approach him intending to take his rug off and he wants it to stay on.
He's too casual and easygoing to be a lord but he sure acts like one sometimes!! His Lordship is quite specific about his needs and expects his servant [oops, owner] to meet them.
He's a big sook and a real cuddler and everything that's wonderful about both breeds <3 and so easy to deal with on the ground - I once clipped his face and ears with no halter on him! He pushes the limits now and then but for a person who he respects as a leader he is worth his weight in gold and so easy. I can jump off, leave the reins around his neck, tell him to stand, and go move jumps around/adjust the height, even catch and bring in my other horse, and he'll stay right where I put him until I return.
This horse <3
Only horse I have ever had that I can tie the lead around his neck, and take off running, and he'll keep pace with me. Stop the moment I do, or if he overshoots [very possible and happens a lot, I can stop a lot faster than he can!] he comes straight to me, head low, and asking for a face rub. He's so special <3
I am totally in love with the breed, perhaps one day I will have a purebred if I can find one that's tall enough [I like my horses 16hh+ and there aren't too many Arabs that height around here] or if not, another Anglo, out of a tall Thoroughbred mare and by a particular 100% Crabbet stallion I know.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 03-22-2013 at 05:19 AM.