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post #1 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Opinion on Arabians?

I really am considering getting another horse. I like Arabs. I don't know why but I do.
I had one before, from an auction, but didnt ride her much, and she died of cancer not too long after I got her (less than a year later). Pretty sure the previous owner knew and just didnt want to have to see her die. So she died in my lap instead.
She was sweet, but kinda high strung for a 19 year old.
Anyways..is a NOT experienced rider and an Arab a bad idea? I want a horse mostly for trail riding and maybe some arena stuff. I have a mustang but she's not trained (yet).
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post #2 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 08:27 PM
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Well first off i'm very sorry for your loss thats always hard. and it really depends on the horse where i ride we have 2 arabian geldings who pack around beginners all the time but then we have about 6 others who we wouldnt dare put a beginner on. So i would suggest riding the horse a couple times before buying if possible as with any other horse you would buy.

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post #3 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 08:31 PM
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Well, in my opinion, you already have the best horse out there! Your mustang! I personally would'nt recomend an arab for a non experienced rider. I'm sure there are exceptions but finding one might be a challenge.

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I agree too, it really does depend on the horse, no matter what the breed, although arabs can be 'hotter' than others. I would suggest definetly going and riding a horse a few times, and mix it up......go ride it one day in the morning, another at night and skip a few days in between, this will give you an idea of the horses overall character too. Good luck in your search.....but personally, I would definetly go for an arabian, there's just something about them that's hard to explain til you own one.
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I am with the rest-I think it could be difficult to find one for an inexperienced rider. And, generally, they are not a breed you can wear out at all on the ground, since they have SO much stamina.

Personally-I will stick to "cooler blooded" breeds.

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post #6 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 08:57 PM
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Its hard to find one suitable for beginners ..... because people rarely get rid of them lol
It really depend on the horse than the breed. Arabians are highly intelligent though and will figure you out quick smart & they don't cope with abuse ( not that any horse should) but it does seem to affect Arabians more long term than other breeds IMO.
So if you know how to keep a horse in check and never loose your temper & want an amazing relationship with your horse then yes get an Arabian.

I love them !!!

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I will say, I have learned over the years that they are one breed that there is really no "grey area". (no pun intended, lol) You either love them...or.....not. Nothing really inbetween, at least among the people I now!

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It all depends on the horse itself. I have seen many many purebred arabians that you could stick a 5 year old and tell them go have fun and not have to worry a bit, and then there are the other extremes like my arab that I wouldn't trust a kid on even if I was leading her in hand. Just like any breed you are going to have the quiet type and the hot type. It just all depends on the particular horse. I don't see a problem with you looking at trying to get an arab. Just get one that fits your needs and experience level and personality. Especially for trail riding. there is no other horse in my opinion for that. That is one of the reasons they make the best endurance horse. They can go on for miles and never quit. Perfect example my mare went on a memorial day trail ride with a group of horses ranging from a welsh pony to even a fresian and everything in between. My horse not doing more than 20 min of easy riding since I got her back in July I thought would have trouble with the 2 hour trail ride we did. But she was still ready to go and wasn't having a bit of trouble while all of the other horses were sweaty and breathing heavy from the ride. Arabs you can sure count on to never quit.

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I apologize for your loss.

But in my experience, Arabs are either tempermental, or spooky. As some other poeple said it depends on the horse. You could find a mustang with an attitude. just like you could find a beginner safe arab.

I don't care for them, and they wouldn't be my first choice for a beginner/inexperienced rider or horse owner.
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post #10 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 10:18 PM
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Personally, I'm a major Arab fan. However, I do know that it's hard to find one that's good for beginners. Personally, I think that not enough people give them credit for how intelligent they really are and then they let them get away with things but since they really are that intelligent, they push the limits and become "spooky" or "full of 'tude" or "high strung."
My mare used to be all of those things but after I gave her very strict rules to live by that never ever change, she turned into that horse that beginners can ride (atleast when I'm around) because she knows exactly how the cards fall and there isn't a question in her mind about who the "boss mare" is.
Personally, I think that if you are a consistent person, you try the Arab before you buy him/her, you make reasonable rules that are enforceable, and you give your horse credit for being the smarty-pants he/she is, you'll do fine.

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