Anglo-Arabs... I never thought I would EVER get along with an arab or part-arab. Indeed I was offered the ride on a very highly educated Anglo but turned it down on the grounds that it had Arab blood so was obviously not going to work.
Along came Monty. He was the right price, with the right education, even had the right amount of white on him and he was the PERFECT colour. I was told he's SOOOOO quiet and reliable, and I was told that he would make me ride properly instead of sitting around being a passenger.
I still wasn't sure. He was, after all, part-Arab, and the non-Arab blood was the other breed I swore I wouldn't get - Thoroughbred!! So the owner offered me a two-month trial and him on payment plan with as long as I want to pay him off, $1000 less than the asking price, WITH all his gear. She was determined to find him a good home and having been to my place just a couple of months before, she knew that I would provide a great home.
So I went away, talked to Mum, and decided, ok, we'll take him on trial and go from there. The day he got off the truck he was TERRIFIED but I just thought, yep, this is my horse. He'd gone down in the truck and twisted his knee so the first whole week of the trial I couldn't ride him, and the first time I got on him was bareback in his halter and we went OUT. Well - I couldn't have asked for a better horse.
Sure, we've had our ups and our downs, he has bucked me off, bolted with me several times... but he is AMAZING. When I get it right everything just clicks. He can be a little bit hot and he does get oh SO excited but now that I've learned to manage it without grabbing at his mouth, I've had no real troubles. I've also changed bits since then but the only difference is that the one we're in now has a flat link in the middle instead of an oval/lozenge.
Monty is so fantastic that I went out and bought myself another part-Arab in my gorgeous filly Satin. She is just a dream, so easy to handle and she goes to sleep at shows, no fuss or anything, even with screaming kids, sideshow alley nearby, cows and (god forbid!!) goats, horses going mental close by... just the quietest little thing and my god she is SO smart! Totally people-oriented, really affectionate and smoochy. Yeah she gets a bit pushy but that suits me perfect because I tend to be a bit overbearingly dominant and so I would frighten a timid foal and might ruin a middle-of-the-road type. But there's no ruining my bub, she is just amazing and so forgiving. So very like every Welsh I ever met, and yet she's not supposed to have any Welsh blood in her.