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post #11 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 08:06 PM
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Haha, I get lot's of comments on my appy. I've been turned down by boarding facilities because of his breed. I get lot's of questions like "Why would you want an appy? They're stubborn and mean." Then they meet Chippy and their opinions change :) The way I see it is, the more people that are driven away by appy's, the more I have for myself.
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post #12 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 08:58 PM
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You know ... you have these types of folks no matter what you are in to. Be it horses, dogs, goats or bunnies! (Ever see a bunny yawn? Scary stuff I tell ya!")

We own a Rottweiler and an English Mastiff. We hear all the time the "scary" stories about our baby eating pups.

Best advice I can give is make your horse the VERY best representative of the breed you can (which sounds like you are doing). Then when they start yappin, you can just smile and nod as your Arab runs circles around their breed of choice. Most of the time these folks start yappin because they are jealous anyway ... make them even more. Yeah, I'm a snot like that.

I love me some Arab ... but I ALSO love QH's, Morgans, Appy's etc. ALL are good horses and I wouldn't kick any one of them out of my barn. Every single horse breed out there has a use and maybe a *couple* of them aren't my cup of tea but if someone else loves them then that's all that counts, right?
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post #13 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 09:23 PM
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Another Arab owner here! I've had lots of inquiries about why I'd want such a "wild" horse. I actually spent several hundred dollars in vet visits at one point because my old trainer was adamant that my horse was lame. Pfft. Three vets and a chiropractor later, and X-rays, no one found the alleged lameness.
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post #14 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 10:02 PM
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My first and second horses were Arabians. And I boarded. I heard lots of crap but the last straw was when the barn owner's daughter got a bumper sticker that said "friends don't let friends ride Arabians." Well this was the person who was supposed to be trailering me to a show with my Arabians. I really got my feelings hurt and she removed the bumper sticker but I will never forget it.

It DID make me feel better that my Arabs were more trustworthy than her grade QH. Her QH would buck and dump her. I never quite got why people were into Quarter Horses until I moved away and met a friend with really GOOD Quarter Horses. They are all the positive things you always hear about QH's. Until then I really didn't know what the hype was about.

Anyway, back to the boarding situation. I finally reconciled in my mind that the proof was in the pudding, so to speak. I rode alone most of the time, had two different Arabians and they took wonderful care of me and we had a great time. That was more than any of the QH owners I boarded with were doing. They were intimidated of their horses. So that's when I decided they were all hot air and had nothing to back it up. Their horses were jiggy and bucky and my Arabians took me safely out trail riding alone.

I decided Arabians are just too sensitive for a lot of people. They don't have the patience for a sensitive horse, or maybe it intimidates them, I don't know. But it definitely takes a more sensitive person to bond with Arabians. You can't just force them to do things for you and expect a docile horse. Arabians are more like cats, they want a relationship with their owner.
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post #15 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 10:09 PM
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I just nod my head and agree.

"Yep, she's insane! Has eyes of fire and a soul to match!"

Then I add, "Gotta really know your stuff to ride a she-devil like her! I'll let you know when I think you might be ready..."

"There goes Earl!"
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post #16 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 10:27 PM
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I have personally always loved Arabians but alas I have never met one IRL yet. I do have a TWH that I picked up for a song because I live in QH country but I don't care what others say. Besides if Arabians are SOOOO worthless why is the breed the one everyone goes to, to improve thier stock? Things that make you wonder?
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post #17 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 10:30 PM
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I swear, if I hear one negative comment when I try showing my crossbred girl, I'll slap the mouthy jerk right off their own horse.

"OH, SORRY. Thought since your horse is SO much better than mine, he could keep you held up while I smacked the crap outta you."

The amount of discrimination to any animal is kinda stupid. I don't understand. Seriously - got anything better to do than to smack-talk a breed?
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post #18 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 10:53 PM
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I try to never discriminate against the lesser breeds...
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post #19 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 11:48 PM
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I just smile and ride 'em into the ground and then apologize for not realizing that their horse was so out of shape......

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post #20 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 11:53 PM
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I would not worry about them, they are probably just jealous because they do not have an Arabian.



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