Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: On my horse's back! Obviously!
As a total arabian lover, I find it hard for people to not like the breed! Relationships with Arabians are, as another poster explained, very hard to explain unless you have one. I look at it as once you get one, you are hooked. I now own a TB, and am a little sad that he's not an arab...
Although the breed is generally stereotyped as "spooky" and "extremely energetic" or even "not for beginners" as always, it depends on the horse. I knew an arabian that was a therapy horse. Heck, I knew a girl who ran a therapy program only consisting of Arabians! In my experience, they give you their whole heart and are smiling the whole way. They are ALWAYS willing to work 7 hours a day, or just pal around with you at the barn.
My relationship with my Arab, Boo, was so great. He would follow me around EVERYWHERE trotting to catch up with me when I started to run. It seems that they are extremely capable of sticking to you after your relationship has begun. They can be described as "pocket" or "lap" horses.
In general, Arabs are very intelligent, and due to this, require constant mental stimulation. So planning on getting one to only do arena work with would be a bad idea, unless you have a lot of activities planned. They can be very clever, so they can get out of work very easily, and seem to enjoy pushing your buttons :P. As many others have said, they do not appreciate rough handling, and if you try it, they most certainly will let you know!
All in all, I would recommend the breed in a heartbeat. The only thing that I would say is to make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. Ride the horse many times, all times of day, and make sure you really get along with him/ her before deciding to take one home. As with all breeds, the relationship won't work unless your personalities mesh. And trust me, Arabians have plenty of personality to go around!