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        02-17-2013, 02:38 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
    Morgans are "special"... or at least mine certainly is!

    I had a batsh!t crazy QH whose goal in life was lure riders into thinking she was a calm, safe wonderful horse and then try to kill them. I wish I still had her around for all the folks who think my Morgan is nuts and I should go buy a QH. Oh, QH's are sane, wonderful horses... here, ride HER!!!

    My Morgan may be a complete handful but he has no desire whatsoever to hurt his riders. He's been known to pause mid-tantrum because his rider was slipping. He doesn't want to dump his rider, just make it known that he didn't WANT to work on that skill....

    I actually enjoy others thinking I bought a crazy breed. They don't ask to ride him and they give me plenty of space when sharing an arena. Shhhh... don't tell them they are missing out on an absolutely wonderful horse.
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        02-17-2013, 03:29 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    I once leased a crazy QH that would act like the sweetest thing until he decided to buck me off - this happened almost every time I rode him.

    After that, my parents bought me my Arab mare that would show those QH's what was up any day. On the trail, she was the first to cross water, difficult terrain and at the end was never tired. In the show ring, we could do anything and did well. My sister's Arab was a different story though. She would spook at clumps of dirt, refused to get her precious feet wet, and was wide eyed and fearful on a trail ride. Inside a show ring, she was great.

    Arabs are a little more spirited and let's face it, not for everyone. I liked my mare for the very reason many wouldn't. If I started to daydream, she would do something to snap me back to attention. If I started becoming complacent when doing a certain exercise, she would do the opposite of what I wanted. I started riding when I was 4 and the stable where I started only had Arabs, so perhaps I was just more accustomed to the way they think. Had I started at a QH barn, my breed preference might have been different, who knows.

    I've never heard of someone hating Morgans specifically, however, I haven't had much experience with them. I've always thought of them as being wonderfully versatile, well-rounded horses.

    Too bad the lady your dad was talking to was so rude. I almost feel sorry for people like that, because they miss out on so much with their close-mindedness!

    Here's a picture of my "crazy Arab" growing up with me taking a nap beside her. Man, she sure was a nutcase. (I know, not the smartest move on my part, but let's say at 12 yrs old, I didn't always exercise the best judgement.)
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        02-17-2013, 03:54 PM
      #33
    Foal
    It's like Dodge, Ford, and Chevy. I have both Quarter horses and Arabs. And my Arab is just fantastic. I actually have a friend who wants me to train her horses and they are a Morgan and an Arab. It's what you like as well. Clinton Anderson says to match up your personally with that of an opposite horse, most of the time. For example, if you are a more laid back kind of person, go with the flow, get a hotter breed of horse, because you will balance and you will bring that horse more calm.

    On the other hand if you are a uptight, go go go kind of person, get a colder more lazy horse, because again, you will balance. Not saying that you couldn't get a horse like you, but this is just a match.
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        02-17-2013, 03:55 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    Morgans are "special"... or at least mine certainly is!

    I had a batsh!t crazy QH whose goal in life was lure riders into thinking she was a calm, safe wonderful horse and then try to kill them. I wish I still had her around for all the folks who think my Morgan is nuts and I should go buy a QH. Oh, QH's are sane, wonderful horses... here, ride HER!!!

    My Morgan may be a complete handful but he has no desire whatsoever to hurt his riders. He's been known to pause mid-tantrum because his rider was slipping. He doesn't want to dump his rider, just make it known that he didn't WANT to work on that skill....

    I actually enjoy others thinking I bought a crazy breed. They don't ask to ride him and they give me plenty of space when sharing an arena. Shhhh... don't tell them they are missing out on an absolutely wonderful horse.


    HA! THIS! It's so true, I love having a so-called "craaaazy horse" because then I get my wonderful and totally sane pony all to my self ha ha, my mom likes to pop the neighbor kids and her friends on my sisters' horses without asking or even telling them, but never mine, because both of mine are dubbed scary. It's great for me.
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        02-17-2013, 04:03 PM
      #35
    Yearling
    Haha, I had the opposite growing up! If I had friends come over who weren't terribly experienced, I would always have to give them my horse to ride and I would get my sister's horse who was a complete dumba$$ on the trail. She's a grey and I used to joke that it was her blonde roots kicking in when she had to go outside of a riding arena. (no offense meant towards any blondes out there, I'm one myself!)
         
        02-17-2013, 10:09 PM
      #36
    Banned
    YAY! My two most favorite breeds. Arabs and Morgans. Hateful people will hate what they don't understand. I know full well what kind of crud I will end up taking when Zoot is old enough to go on trail rides. I'm prepared! Good thing I'm old now and don't give a DARN what other people think anymore.
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        02-17-2013, 10:43 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by texasgal    
    Meh ... when someone tells me how much they hate Arabs ... I usually shrug and reply:

    "Well, they certainly aren't for everyone. As a rule, you need to be smarter than your horse."

    I smile sweetly while they take a moment to digest my statement.

    I love mine!
    This made me laugh out loud, haha! It's so true.
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        02-17-2013, 10:45 PM
      #38
    Weanling
    I will say that after many years of experience with mostly QHs and a TB here or there, my arabian has been a challenge as much as he has been a joy. That being said, if I was buying another horse tomorrow... I'd have more arabians than QHs on my prospect list! They are truly unique.
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        02-18-2013, 10:15 AM
      #39
    Weanling
    The first horse I ever took a lesson on, first rode bareback, first cantered on... was an Arabian. Quirky and sensitive yes, but loyal and smart as no other. He was the only Arabian on that farm but there was also something about his presence that stood out. That horse took care of me.

    I love what people in this thread are saying to people who badmouth these awesome horses... you have to be smarter than the horse you ride!
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        02-18-2013, 02:29 PM
      #40
    Weanling
    Thanks everyone, I have some good replies to people who put down my favorite breeds now!
         

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