I love my Arabians and I especially love my mares. Arabians as a breed are very .....reactive and have distinct personalities. I was talking to a friend today, I've not been around QH's in so long I'd forgotten what they were like. I recently bought a cremello stallions and well......he seems DULL compared to my Arabians. It's not that he's stupid, I don't do stupid horses at all, it's just.....I don't know......he seems sort of FLAT compared to the Arabians. Arabians tend to have opinions and will definitely let you know what they're thinking. Skippy seems to just ..... BE. He doesn't seem to reflect anything back to me. He's pretty, he's easy to handle and I like him but trust him with my life? MMMM NOT so much. My Arabian stallion though.....oh yes, he's very quick in his mind and very much a take charge kinda guy. You ALWAYS know where you stand with him. Arabian breed shows are the only shows where children are allowed to handle stallions, just as an idea how easy they can be to deal with. My stallion is wonderful with kids, will stand like a rock to be petted by a 3 year old and will let that same 3 year old up on his back and just walks like he's carrying eggs he's so careful. I get on his back and wheeeee, the game is on.
The mares are DELIGHTFUL, I think. They're opinionated, bossy, prissy and just FUNNY most days. I think if you bond easily with mares, you will LOVE Arabian mares. I know gelding people too and now that I've gotten used to being around intact stallions and moody mares, I don't know that I'd want a gelding, it would seem like 1/2 his personality was gone or something. I LOVE how the mares and the stallion show off for each other. The mares are both pregnant and almost ready to deliver, but they still prance and flip their tails up and the stallion still bows his neck and 'studly talks' to them even though they won't have anything to do with him.
A well handled Arabian who has been brought up well, respectful of people and taught to be a willing partner is just a JOY to ride. They are extremely smart horses and frequently they get in trouble because they are smarter than the human. I warn people that if they get upset or insulted because someone has made a fool out of them, don't buy an Arab. If, you have a great sense of humor and can learn to appreciate a horse who is smart enough to make a fool of you, then you'll learn to love these silly horses. Arabians are the horses who taught me that horses do have a sense of humor and I have a couple who are absolute jokers.
Conformation wise, they're pretty much like any other horse, you want a short back, nice straight legs, well angled shoulder and a nice big hip. Ok, big relatively speaking, obviously, not going to compete in the hip department with a foundation QH. Their necks should be set on at about a 45 degree angle, coming more upright out of their shoulders, well arched and come to a triangular head with small ears and tiny muzzle. They may or may not have a really well defined dish in the face. The younger the horse, the less defined the face will be, Arabians tend to 'dry out' as they age.
SVS Il Divo as a weanling
SVS Fornaio his father
Khadraj NA, his grandfather
*Padron, his grandfather & great grandfather
SVS Il Divo at US Nationals 2011 and Region 8 2010, he now also goes Western Pleasure. He's not perfect (that horse hasn't been born yet), but he's my ideal Arabian stallion, heck my ideal HORSE.