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post #21 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 05:11 PM
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I am a Quarter Horse person, but I have always wanted a purebred Arabian. I guess that they are like every other stereotyped breed, as in there is bad and good. Just like people stereotype Quarter Horses as gentle, I have one that goes ballistic when he sees a saddle.

I have rode an Arabian in a barrel race once, and it was a very calm horse considering he was only six. They are pretty darn fast (well, the one I rode was anyways) and he was very level headed.

Not too mention I think they are gorgeous.

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post #22 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 05:19 PM
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The Arabians at our born certainly had a strong personality. They were both absolutely beautiful but stubborn as mules. The one hates being loaded into a trailer and the other refuses to be ridden. I have always wanted an arabian myself growing up but after seeing these 2 and hearing other stories about people who have them, i'm sticking with my quarter horses.


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post #23 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 05:35 PM
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My forever horse is an Arab gelding. I got him as my second horse when I was 11 and he was 5 and very green - It shouldn't have worked, but he has the best temperament and was so tolerant that it worked wonderfully. We did everything together - Riding bareback through the city, pony club, chasing cows, eventing, dressage, mounted games, showing... And we won everything. He was gameing zone champion for 5 years running.

He has taught numerous begginners to ride and is currently on loan to a Riding for the Disabled school, where they love him. He knows who is on him and changes to accomodate them. He has never done anything with malicious intent - never bitten, kicked, bucked, etc. He would always stay with me if I fell off and is the most trustworthy horse I have ever known.

He will be with us until he dies which I hope is a long way off (He is 15). I hope to bring him home at the end of the year and start him in endurance.

I am now starting another pure Arab - A little (13.3h!) mare - She was basically unhandled when I got her and is super sensitive and reactive - but she also loves people and is so eager and quick to learn. I absolutely love her temperament.

If you get the right Arab who hasn't been ruined, and you treat them with the respect they deserve, you will find a bond and partnership that is just amazing.

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post #24 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 05:55 PM
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Most of my experience is with quarter horses, but there is something about an Arab that just captures my heart and fantasy. Probably has a lot to do with the fact that I grew up watching the movie The Black Stallion, lol.
The one Arab I did work with was just a little thing, maybe 14.1 and very petite. This was many moons ago when I was just 19 and working as a trail guide. Anyway, no one else liked her because she was 'too skittish' and 'untrustworthy'. Also, it was very hard to get her bridle on, because she would clamp her jaw shut in order to avoid the bit. (She came to the ranch this way). I said I didn't mind all that, I would use her as my guide horse. Well, in less than a week, she was a different horse. She would meet me at the gate in the morning, and you could ride her with the lightest touch. I am no horse whisperer, she just needed-- and responded very well too-- some lovin and some consistency.
When I am ready to get another horse, I will definitely be looking into an arab or an arab cross.
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post #25 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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wild_spot--
I just want to point out that your post went with really good terms on me, considering I am physically disabled and I am rather fragile--I have this premonition that if I were to get bucked off and twist something the wrong way (which with my deteriorating nerves,muscles,and ligaments that's completely possible!) that the horses I ride would probably run off to play, and that an Arab would really be there and supporting me, and be there for me.

All of these posts have REALLY convinced me. I was barely on the fence, and I think you guys pushed me off into the side I really wanted. I see too many threads where people said things the OP didn't want to hear, and you said EXACTLY what I wanted to hear!

P.S. I am leaning towards a gelding DEFINETELY. As a chick myself, I totally understand hormones and my trainer has to deal with her mare's hormones and sometimes I have to deal with the mare I ride's hormones and I just really am leaning towards a gelding. Not that there's not people that can control them--but if they are anything like me they might need some Midol before saddling up, which does not sound good. So rather than killing my horse with human menstrual medication I'd rather just settle for a gelded horse =p

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Things I forgot

Because of my nerve disorder--lemme tell you the fact that they are responsive makes things a LOT better. I'm riding a pretty dull horse now and having to use the lightest of cues will make everything better for me!

Also, because of my strength issue--smaller is DEFINETELY better! And I'm not looking for anything above the horse I'm riding now--which is about 15.2, and I'm STILL trying to get off the handicapped ramp (and definetely getting there!)
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post #27 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 06:32 PM
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I don't have a whole lot of experience with Arabs. I just rode my first one a couple of months ago when I was training him for a customer. He was incredibly smart and quick to learn but pretty spooky. However, he had pretty well gotten over most of that in less than 30 days training. He was fast and soft and had gaits fitting for a horse 3 times his size. From everything I have heard from his owner and Arab people on here, they just tend to be more sensitive and sometimes a bit emotional. Kinda on the middle ground between a horse attitude and a mule attitude. Not so challenging as a mule but more so than a stock horse.

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post #28 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 06:37 PM
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I have two pure arabs. Can't say enough good things about the breed, even though the gelding has given me some grief (not his fault, just the idiot owners he had before!). :)

As has been stated before a lot of their "issues" stem from being extremely intelligent and sensitive. Too intelligent for some owners.
I've known quarter horse geldings who were bigger handfuls than many Arabians at my barn (which is, for all intents and purposes, mainly a showbarn with a focus on arabs). Treat them right and use common sense, and the pay offs are enormous. They are indeed very much "one person" -types who will choose and bond very intensely with a single human. Amazing horses. I will admit that with some, having the "right" sort of owner is imperative -- not someone who will let them get away with stuff...or has a heavy or excitable hand (true of any horse, but as has been mentioned before, some Arabians can be especially sensitive and reactive to this...my gelding is a prime example of what can happen when you couple a high-energy and heavy-handed person with an already naturally "hot" and too smart for his own good horse).

They are also versatile! I've seen them excel in English and Western events, and of course there are few other breeds out of there more suited to the trails. Find the right horse and it'll take you anywhere you want to go, and you'll have a partner for life to boot.

...and I do wish people would quit stereotyping entire breeds simply because what they have seen on magazine covers or due to their experiences with a small handful of individuals.

Edit: Ah, late post! I'm sure there is a perfect Arabian out there for you, OP, if this is the breed you are truly gravitating toward. You won't be disappointed. :)

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post #29 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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I do like the stereotyping though! It gives me something to prove them wrong about!

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...and I do wish people would quit stereotyping entire breeds simply because what they have seen on magazine covers or due to their experiences with a small handful of individuals.
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post #30 of 127 Old 06-17-2010, 06:47 PM
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lol, yeah. It's just slightly annoying when most of the non-arab people out here look at me like I have some sort of death wish when I mention my two goobers...then followed by some asinine comment about how these here ay-rab horses are right problematic, donch'a know, they'll kill ya as soon as lookit ya! Crazy murderous beasts. :p

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