Originally Posted by LuvMyPerlinoQH
Yall are working extremely hard to discredit the arabian horses.
Not at all, and that is a rather shallow observation. I like Arabs myself, and obviously used them in my Araloosa breeding program to produce some of the best endurance trail horses there are.
But I get weary of the fantasy world approach some people have about Arabs, cramming fairy tales down people's throats. They are what they are, and to accept them for what they are is not discrediting anything.
What they ARE is a good horse and the most popular horse breed in the world, excelling at endurance coupled with reasonable performance ability. They are extremely aesthetic and invoke a picture of what most of us think as the "classic" horse. They are very smart and easy keepers, able to survive on just about anything. They are hardy, and have strong hooves, bone, and joints. That is hardly discrediting them.
What they ARE NOT is a horse that jumped off the page of a fairy tale book. They are NOT the origin of all breeds as I explained earlier...they are an intermediate breed - as most breeds are. They are NOT pure in blood as so often represented by the uninformed, although they are certainly more pure than almost all - or perhaps all - other breeds. They have NOT been used to "improve" the breeds of the world - quite the contrary, they and their desert cousins are base breeds that helped found more modern breeds and from which improvements have been made to create other breeds better at speed, strength, and performance. That whole "improving other breeds" line of thought is totallly illogical to begin with. Again, is the glass half full or half empty. While introducing more Arab blood into a Quarterhorse would improve endurance, introducing Quarterhorse blood into an Arab would improve speed and performance. To suggest that the former is "improving" the breed and the latter isn't is irrational and illogical.
Again, I like Arabs myself. They are good versatile horses and have a long, rich history. But they are flesh and blood horses - not mythical, ethereal unicorns with wings of gold, and there is nothing discrediting about seeing and accepting them for what they are...