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post #11 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 10:57 PM
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If you find the right one, Arabs make fantastic begginers horses. My Arab gelding is currently a therapy horse for disabled kids - and is a former gaming pony!
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post #12 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 11:08 PM
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My first and second horses were Arabians. I adored them and would consider owning another, definitely.

I guess my first one was sort of a-typical. He was really lazy and was a perfect beginner's horse. But sharp as a tack and very loving!

My second one was more stero-typical. He was always chomping at the bit and ready to go! But you know what, he taught me so much. Much more than if I would have just bought a dead-head. I credit him a lot for making me a fairly decent rider. He wasn't spooky- he just couldn't stand still for more than a few seconds at a time.

I think it is all about picking the right horse, of any breed. Pick the right individual and if it happens to be an Arabian, so be it. If it happens to be a Quarter Horse, so be it. And actually, the very best horse I have ever owned is a BLM Mustang! Who would have thunk!
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-13-2010, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Wallaby View Post
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.
lol almost exactly what I said

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post #14 of 19 Old 09-13-2010, 07:28 PM
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Arabians are great horses! I've never had the honor of owning one, but I've had the honor of training several. They are extremely intelligent animals that are capable of learning at an incredible rate, if you train them correctly. I have seen several Arabs that were capable of being beginner horses, and a few that weren't. My greatest piece of information that I can offer you is to take an experienced horse person with you when you go to look at the horse(s) that you find. That way you will have input other than your own in your final decision. Two pairs of eyes is always better than one. Good luck, I hope you find the horse that you're looking for.
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post #15 of 19 Old 09-14-2010, 01:30 AM
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Here is our Arabian experience:

I bought an 8 year old Arab mare for my just turning 7 daughter and at first I thought I had made a mistake and that she was way too much horse for my daughter. Super energetic and somewhat spooky - yikes! It's now 2 1/2 years later and I am thankful everyday that we have a horse like her. Lily has an enormous personality and she loves to learn. She and my daughter have formed a very strong bond. From what I understand Arabs are like that, they bond strongly to their people. I think what they require is dedication and respect from their owners and they in turn will be dedicated and respect you back. Lily wants to learn and she knows that she is not boss however she does demand respect. If you correct her too lightly she will ignore you and if you correct her too heavy she will either fall apart or put up her "wall". Correct her just right and she understands the wrong part and seeks the right part - she really wants to be a team player and will look to us for direction. Smart pony she is!

Pick the right Arab for you and you will get what you give - and then some!!
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post #16 of 19 Old 09-14-2010, 07:14 AM
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Look for the horse not the breed. You may very well find a great Arab for a beginning rider. And I love Wallaby's answer.
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post #17 of 19 Old 09-14-2010, 12:46 PM
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Arabians are not temperamental or spooky anymore than any other breed, as a matter of fact, AHA is the only association to allow Junior exhibitors to show Stallions... :LOL: So the view of Arabians being crazy fire-breathing dragons is ludicrous !
A 13 year old girl showed my Stallion in ammy halter & showmanship this spring, he was a perfect gentleman.
I have been a trainer for more than 20 years and have worked with most breeds, Arabians are by far the easiest to train because they retain what is taught to them and are so very willing to try new things as long as you show them in a way that they can understand, they also want to be treated fairly, in my experience the 'cowboys" who say they are crazy or hard to handle just aren't smart enough for them...Just my two cents ;)

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post #18 of 19 Old 09-28-2010, 07:14 PM
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My first lesson horse was an Arabian, and I've owned Arabians over the years, it's the only breed of horse I ever owned that never spooked or bucked on me. But, it really is the horse, and not the breed. Altho I have to say, I prefer the Arabians ability to catch on so quickly, and how they bond with people. I think a lot of Arabians get a bad rap because a lot of trainers push them and are rough with them, and Arabians will not put up with rough handling.
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post #19 of 19 Old 09-29-2010, 11:24 PM
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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!
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