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    06-17-2010, 03:34 PM
Opinions on Arabians

I rather do like Arabians, but I have no experience with them. Just first off--I've heard they're /very/ hot-headed horses. Can you guys tell me what you think, and what is true about the temperament of them? Who has any level and amount of experience seeing or working with Arabians, and how are they?
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    06-17-2010, 03:37 PM
I have seen some pretty crazy ones; but then again, I've seen some really sweet...really sane ones. I've only had the opportunity to work with one, and she was kind of in between. One of my friends has 6 of them. He does endurance rides. All of his seem to be the sweet and sane ones.
    06-17-2010, 03:39 PM
I suppose Arabians are the epitome of proof that horses are individuals, then.
    06-17-2010, 03:45 PM
I've owned and been around Arabians for 32 years. In fact, I have two standing out in my paddock right now.

Like any breed their temperaments range from sweet and laid back, to fire breathing dragon.

They're extremely intelligent horses and some of them are more reactive than others. Doesn't mean they're 'hot', just that they're more sensitive to outside stimuli than others.

Arabians are always thinking, so you need to keep them from getting bored. With their high intelligence, it's also easy for them to think of ways to get into mischief.

They can and do make excellent first horses if you get one with the right temperament to suit you, but if you pick the wrong horse, it'll be a living hell for both of you.

If you're looking for an Arabian, take someone along with you who understands the breed and what to look for. A well trained animal is also your best bet for a first Arabian, because they're very easy to mess up if you don't know what you're doing.
    06-17-2010, 03:50 PM
So there's nothing really wrong with them, you're just suggesting that they tend to cause problems because they outsmart their owners?

I am, as many here probably know, looking for a horse. And as a sixteen-year-old, I /know/ horses are individuals, but there's something about Arabians that catches my eye and makes me want one. Everyone seems to think that the hot-blooded horses has everything to do with temperament and means absolutely NOTHING about their original location. I'm planning on getting a horse somewhere around 8-16 years old, with a good bit of training. :P

They're like children, I suppose. The smarter they are, the more trouble they cause.
    06-17-2010, 04:02 PM
Originally Posted by xdrybonesxvalleyx    
So there's nothing really wrong with them, you're just suggesting that they tend to cause problems because they outsmart their owners?
That's exactly right. Many people dismiss them as being unruly, unhandleable or just plain bad, because the horse is too smart for them!

Originally Posted by xdrybonesxvalleyx    
They're like children, I suppose. The smarter they are, the more trouble they cause.
Yes, again, that's a great analogy.

My gray Arab gelding is amazingly smart. He's also an extremely reactive horse.

He has a 300 mph. Sideways spook that has unseated me more than once, but he's not mean, has never actually tried to get me off, and is like a big puppy who just wants attention.

He's also the smartest horse I've ever owned, and learns things so fast it's almost scary. Where it might take another horse 5 to 7 times to learn something new, he'll get it the second time he's shown.

Arabians are also extremely loyal to their owners and will always pick one person with whom they closely bond. It may or may not be their owner, but if it is, you'll not find a bond that's stronger.
    06-17-2010, 04:10 PM
Thanks for the information and a bit of personal reassurance towards the breed. Like Thoroughbreds, I think they just have a bad reputation.
    06-17-2010, 04:24 PM
Yes, like TBs, Arabians have gotten a bad, mostly undeserved reputation.

I have a TB, too. Guess I'm just a glutton for punishment!
    06-17-2010, 04:27 PM
I LOVE Arabians, and after riding and being around other breeds, I always go back to them. I could go on for days, but I'll start here.

Arabians are very sensitive, just the way they look at a bush is completely different than a quarter horse. If I were you, I would go ride some Arabians, and see what you think about the breed. They take some getting used to compared to other breeds, that's for sure. Arabians are unnerving to people who haven't really interacted with them. All their movements are very quick, they carry their tails up when observing things, they snort and blow and are wide eyed and full of energy (normally, anyways, not all are necessarily like this). It just takes time to understand them and get used to not overreacting to these movements. Some people are just not comfortable with horses that are this sensitive. At the same time, they are easy to ruin with bad training, which is what I think gives Arabs a bad rap. You can't really muscle them or hit them to get after them the same way you can with other cold blooded breeds. Arabians also have a tendency to "blow up" a little easier, but again once you are used to riding and handling them, and once they have bonded with you, you will know when they become nervous and be able to to prevent it from happening. The biggest plus to Arabs is their intelligence. They are so easy to train and work with, and they learn new things super quick. They also bond to people like no other breed I've experienced. Every Arabian I have owned would never leave me if I were to fall off, even if something scared them. They will be the first to come to you, and ignore all other horses. I guess you can sort of compare them to dogs in that respect, they really crave attention from their "human". They are also amazing to ride, they are like billy goats that can gallop up mountains and cross any kind of terrain. Their gate is not as smooth as other breeds, simply because they have short backs and move quickly. But, they never run out of energy, so if you like long trail rides they are perfect!
    06-17-2010, 04:40 PM
That sounds great! I've heard they are the most loyal companions out of all horse breeds, and want a connection--and that's what I want more than to win some ribbons. I want to have that connection.

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