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.