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        03-26-2013, 04:22 PM
      #51
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    I wouldn't buy one. I just can't get passed the dish head. I just don't find it attractive. I'm not saying they aren't good horses or talented. I give credit where credit is due. But, man, I just don't like the dish head.
         
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        03-26-2013, 04:24 PM
      #52
    Green Broke
    Wetrain, you should see my mare. Registered Egyptian Arab and no dish at all. When I first bought her several people asked if she was just a funny looking qh.
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        03-26-2013, 04:40 PM
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    Wetrain, you should see my mare. Registered Egyptian Arab and no dish at all. When I first bought her several people asked if she was just a funny looking qh.
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    Well, you can't say that and not expect to be asked for a pic...
         
        03-26-2013, 04:50 PM
      #54
    Green Broke
    Well, since you asked
    Maybe a TINY dish.



    Until she reverts to full arab mode:
         
        03-26-2013, 04:56 PM
      #55
    Weanling
    I've got a Welara (half SEA/half Section C), she is HOT. She is not a horse I would stick a child on, or any inexperienced rider. She will take advantage of a rider "just because", has been known to break bones because she felt like having a little fun and taking off bucking and watching her rider fall to their end I'd definitely classify her as "hot and flighty" or even "unpredictable" at times. She's always a bit of a nut, but in terms of bucking/taking off/kicking/biting, ehh, it depends on the day.

    All that being said, she is 100% my heart horse and will be with me until the day she passes on. She's a great all rounder, having the most success in barrels and jumpers. She gets bored doing the same thing all the time, so we mix it up fairly often. She loves heading out on the trails, she loves a bareback hack around the property, she loves a western play day. I like to try anything and everything with her.

    She is a very clingy mare. I feel a lot of that may stem from being a broodmare previously, but that's just my best guess.

    I definitely plan on having more arabs/arab crosses in the future. Honestly, they are my favorite breed.
         
        03-26-2013, 05:44 PM
      #56
    Yearling
    I have said it before and I will say it again. Some of the best horses I trained and showed were Arabians. I worked Arabs that were so calm they were the ultimate kids horses and others that were very full of themselves. I never knew an Arab that could be considered nuts or psycho. The only ones that came across that way were owned by less experienced or stupid people. Like any horse, they require training and each one is an individual. When considering an Arabian, it is the same with any other breed. Health, temperament and then looks. Some people buy based on looks alone and often forget their own experience or lack there of. These are the people that will later be telling stories of the Arab they owned or knew that was nuts and untrainable.


    I wish I could show off pictures of some of the lovely sweet Arabians of old. PRE digital days.
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        03-26-2013, 07:36 PM
      #57
    Weanling
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    I have said it before and I will say it again. Some of the best horses I trained and showed were Arabians. I worked Arabs that were so calm they were the ultimate kids horses and others that were very full of themselves. I never knew an Arab that could be considered nuts or psycho. The only ones that came across that way were owned by less experienced or stupid people. Like any horse, they require training and each one is an individual. When considering an Arabian, it is the same with any other breed. Health, temperament and then looks. Some people buy based on looks alone and often forget their own experience or lack there of. These are the people that will later be telling stories of the Arab they owned or knew that was nuts and untrainable.


    I wish I could show off pictures of some of the lovely sweet Arabians of old. PRE digital days.
    I just want to clarify that I in no way meant that all arabs are nuts. Mine CAN be "nuts", yes. She is also the sweetest thing around, I trust her with my life, though she has been in my life for nearly 10 years. I have known (and worked with) plenty of other arabs/crosses that are quiet and have make exceptionally great children's mounts. I grew up riding arabs and just like any breed, they've each got their own personality. Some are hot, some are dead quiet. I worked consistently with one arab in particular about 3 years ago, she was hot, but extremely willing and honest. I considered buying her at the time, though found I simply did not have the time any longer to continue with her training plus my pony's at the time.

    I also agree that in general I have found that when a horse is classified as "nuts" it is (IMHO) the owner's fault. Nuts is probably the wrong word for my mare. Unpredictable? Occasionally, yes. Hot? Yes. A mount I'd use for a child or inexperienced rider? Not a chance.

    My mare overall is very sweet. I like her spunk. That being said, I wouldn't mind owning one of the quieter arabs someday down the road, which is why I feel somewhat blessed to have such a cool and collected TB - I don't think I'd be able to deal with TWO hot heads 24/7 (jk)

    And just because I feel I should share the mare in question with ya'll..


         
        03-26-2013, 07:49 PM
      #58
    Green Broke
    Seriously though, as warm and fuzzy as I get with my own mare, there are genuinely insane arabs(like all breeds)

    The crazy spooky, insane stereotype did not just come from some malicious person wanting to ruin a breeds reputation. While some or most of these stories may have come from improperly handled horses or bad owners, some came from people who really knew crazies. I have known some of these, I have spent years working with them, the saddle horse that would spook at a rock on the trail and jump off a cliff, a mare that was so spooky she nearly broke her own foals legs spooking on top of him in the pasture. That's why with Arabs, and every other breed out there, the mind should be first and the looks second.
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        03-28-2013, 11:21 AM
      #59
    Foal
    Arabs tend to be high spirited and spooky
         
        03-28-2013, 12:30 PM
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    High-spirited, yes. Spooky, not usually. Intuitive, smart, curious, and observant, yes. My green horse will startle, but he almost immediately gets over it and then wants to investigate. The first horse I leased was an arabian who would "spook" at random and take off across the arena. Ha! He was smart enough to figure out how to unnerve/prematurely dismount his rider so he could be done with the lesson and go back in his stall. They always figure out a way to get into mischief on their own if their minds aren't being stimulated to their satisfaction. Ime, they are only genuinely "spooky" less than 5% of the time - maybe even less than that. The other 95% of the "spooky" horses are having fun and their rider is not necessarily at a point in their riding where they can deter the behavior and deal with the situation appropriately.
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