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post #11 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 12:11 AM
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I did a season on two arabs, named Tey-Kiro and Jasper. Both grey arabs. Jasper was much darker than Tey was though. **** they were lightning, catty and rarin' to go. However I must say, I did NOT get along with Tey. I hated riding her. Other people loved her but I was not one of them...personality clash. Jasper was just your typical "whatever you say mom" type gelding. I just had them on a lease from the trainer for the season because of a few complications with my own horse...

However, had I the opportunity to keep the gelding (Jasper) I woul have. He was a fantastic horse. Tey is now on the HS Equestrian team and doing SO well with her new rider too, so it was just persnality clash for us.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #12 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 01:41 AM
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I have loved all my Arabs! I had a flea bitten Egyptian mare that had the smoothest trot...and when she went into a canter, it was just...wow. I would take her on these long trail rides and on some of the long stretches I could just lay the reins down and let her go. She would never lose whatever stride I had her in and she never veered from the direction I steered her. She was awesome under saddle but a complete nut on the ground if she wasn't familiar with you. I was told that she was raced, I don't know if there was truth to it but she was extremely fast. No one could beat her at timed events. Another grey gelding I had (my first Arab, first horse actually) could trot all day, and preferred it. Whenever we would trail ride everyone with their QHs were so jealous, they'd make comments about how he'd been trotting the entire time and never broke a sweat yet their QHs were lathered from just walking a long time.
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post #13 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 02:27 AM
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As a teenager I took a little arab mare hunting, and had a horrible day out, she ripped my hands to pieces, and after a days outing still took off with me on the way back to the trailer, it put me off of Arabs for a while.

Two years ago though I bought Ace, after having admired so many arabs over the years. Now I have Ace, and her half arab daughter, next week I have another daughter of hers coming here.

Like everyone else I love the energizer bunny aspect, but at the same time Ace is the calmest and nicest mare I have ever owned, I am so hoping that her daughters have her common sense.
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post #14 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 11:02 AM
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The Arab I had for 17 years was a bay mare, now I have a chestnut gelding. Definitely Energizer bunnies, but so sweet!
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post #15 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 11:51 AM
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I LOVE me some Arabs ... problem is they are smarter than me :(
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post #16 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 11:56 AM
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Funny, BBBC. When ever someone says they don't like Arabians, I always counter with,

"Well, they aren't for everyone .. you see, you have to be smarter than your horse.."

I usually get an open mouth, and absolutely no response! HeeeeHeeee
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post #17 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 12:02 PM
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Hehe YUP! My first horse that was my very own was a Quarter Horse. My dad was the one that had the Arabs around so I rode them on and off. Geeze oh man are they smart .. and smooth .. and beautiful! And FULL of personality.

Dad would go work on the fence, they would steal his tools and run down to the other end of the pasture. Dad would put one in the stall, the other would let him out or they'd let themselves out. The figured how to work the snap clips with their lips *shakes head*.
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post #18 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 12:12 PM
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Yup, when we feed the horses, Charm (Arab) and Lexi (Belgian) get fed in the round pen together so the other horses won't steal their food as they are slow eaters. Lexi is alpha (over charm) so we feed her next to the gate. Charm will finish and stand and wait on Lexi to finish. When Lexi walks away from the gate, Charm walks over, sticks her lips through, pushes up the latch, then drags the lever over, pushes the gate open and let's them out. Save's us the extra trip out to have to free them from the pen after eating!

I've told my husband we will need to plan our gates well .. with a way to Charm-proof them so she won't escape.. lol.
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post #19 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 12:22 PM
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I love how mine have all played stupid. They have those big eyes and they show so much expression. Every one of them, if they got caught getting into stuff, got this look like "Oh, not me! How did that happen???" They were all too smart for their own good though.
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post #20 of 24 Old 06-07-2012, 02:33 PM
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They are so funny! My Arabian was using the gate to his pasture for stretching out his back on. He broke it off the hinges, backed up, and just stared at me. He could have taken down off the road if he wanted to, but instead tried playing innocent. Too cute.
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