I didn't read all the replies on here, just most (up to page 4) and I just wanted to jump in. I wanted a TB. I love love love the TB breed and it was the one I was most experienced with. But my trainer had me helping her retrain this Arab who had sat in pasture for the past 5-ish years. And little by little she stole my heart and I bought her and she is alllllll mine now. I was looking for a horse about 6 years ago and met a woman with a white arab who she said she would give to me for free. I jumped at the chance and drove 4 hours to see the mare. That horse was crazy. She didn't buck or anything, but tossed her head, danced, sped up, wouldn't listen. The woman got on her and she was perfect. I think that is shows arabs are mostly "one person" horses. It is funny because my horse isn't at all spooky and is by the sweetest temperated horse I've ever met in my life. To me she isn't at all like the "standard" crazy arab that people think about.
Actually, I get a huge kick out of those conversations:
"Yes, I ride."
"Wow cool. do you have your own horse?"
"Yep! Sure do!"
"Cool! What breed?"
Hahahaa. Cracks me up every time. I truly and honestly believe that the vast majority of Arab-haters in the world are QH people. While there is nothing wrong with a good solid QH mount, I don't really think that anyone would argue that the QH breed in general (there are always the exception horses) is very laid back and easy to train. I think it is because of that, that most people don't want to put in the time and effort to get to know and respond to the Arab's behavior and sensitivity. And those that do tend to really love the breed. Are they just lazy? Maybe. Some people, for various, various reasons (age, experience, location, training, soooo many more) just don't/can't put the time into a breed like an Arab or TB. They take a little something extra. You've got to WANT it. If you don't, you won't like the breed at all.
Are they a bit more high-strung? Are they "crazy" at times? Yes. They aren't going to be "push button" and if they are, they won't be an "anyone can ride" kind of horse. Arabs give their loyalty to one person. Mine already knows my voice AND my car, which is awesome. There is nothing sweeter than a horse nicker greeting. I don't think after owning an arab that I'm going to be a Arab-only kind of girl, but I DEFIANTLY have nothing against the breed and wouldn't dismiss buying another arab whenever I want anoother horse. (Is one ever enough? ;) )
Just my two cents.
~He knows when you're happy
~He knows when you're comfortable
~And he always knows when you have carrots.