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    01-02-2011, 12:42 PM
  #11
Yearling
I think Arabians are awesome. But everyone I have seen has needed a intermediate to advanced rider. Doesn't mean there isn't an Arabian out there that is not suited for a beginner though. Just haven't met one yet. I say it all depends on the horse and how it is trained. The one Arabian I have worked a lot with, Ace, was the sweetest horse ever! When he was being groomed and saddled and in hand, and he was AWESOME being ridden, by someone who knew what they were doing though. He was super responsive to legs. You just squeezed a little and he would GO! A lot of people who didn't know what they were doing would panic and squeeze more to stay on making him go faster. He also didn't like being pulled on the mouth hard either. So he was very sensitive being ridden, but that was how he was trained. If you didn't do any of those things he was fine not super hot headed or anything. I was very surprised because all the other Arabians had seen at shows were very hot and temperamental. So it depends on the horse I believe. Just look around and try every horse out for sure.
     
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    01-02-2011, 11:34 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by spookychick13    
I am a firm believer in 'once you go arabian you never go back'. ;)
I couldn't agree more! My first horse was an arab, then I outgrew him and got a Tb. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my tb to bits and pieces, but I secretly wish he was at least part arab! Now I also have an 18 month old arab and I couldn't be happier! They have such personality and are so personable!

My friend used to lease an arabian from a lady that had arabs for her theraputic riding program. There are some out there that are super calm, like the mare she leased, but I've yet to see more than one!
     
    01-03-2011, 08:56 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Honestly my mom's arab is bombproof and would make an excellent kid's horse or lesson horse.
However he's 23 ;)

My guy has spirit, I feel like when I ride someone else's horse they are a bit sluggish in comparison.

:)
     
    01-03-2011, 09:50 AM
  #14
Foal
I have ridden at a barn that raises and trains Arabs for show. The barn also gives lessons on some of the more experienced horses, all of which are arabs except for one lovely Appy (in fact, she's the only horse at the barn that isn't at least part Arab). Anyway, I have worked with many, many Arabs, from endurance/trail types to $60,000 national champs.

As people have said, it varies so much on the individual horse. I'm currently riding a 4-year-old arab that is a complete sweetheart and rides like a dream! He has personality and spunk, but I also feel very safe and in control while riding him. On the other hand, I also leased a 5-year-old Arab that was completely unpredictable (but still a joy to ride). And I would trust many of our lesson horses with pretty much any rider.

I love Arabs completely, and encourage you to get one! They are beautiful and very fun to ride and interact with. I only encourage you to get to know the individual pretty well before you buy. I have found that they can be a bit difficult at times, and if they don't like you, they aren't afraid to let you know. :) Find one that you connect with!
     
    01-03-2011, 01:31 PM
  #15
Trained
I just found this pic..... a really crazy Arab!!



Isn't that a great pic?
     
    01-03-2011, 02:29 PM
  #16
Foal
I have ridden all my life but "MY" first horse to own was an Arabian, he took my breath away & it was love at first sight. I am now on my third & that's the breed of my choice. Awesome breed & beauty in motion. Like everyone has said, each horse has their own personality & temperment. :o)
     
    01-03-2011, 05:39 PM
  #17
Started
Ahhhh, now I want one! :P But regretfully I have to work hard enough to just pay for lessons, never mind a horse! And they are very expensive to up keep and buy where I am. Very, very, expensive.

But I will definitely consider an Arabian, or cross in the future. They sound like my kind of horse. ;)
     
    01-03-2011, 06:07 PM
  #18
Started
If you think you like Arabs, go try them. Find a barn that specializes in them and absorb as much as you can.
     
    01-03-2011, 06:10 PM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
If you think you like Arabs, go try them. Find a barn that specializes in them and absorb as much as you can.
Very good advice.
I have ridden my mom's other horses and friend's QHs, an Appaloosa, etc. I just don't feel 'right' unless I'm riding an arabian. My first horse was an arabian and sometimes I think you just get set in your ways. :)

My first guy was really hot and spooky, it's nice to have a calmer arab now.
     
    01-03-2011, 06:29 PM
  #20
Weanling
Like everyone else said, depends on the particular horse. I rode a horse when I was little who was an arab and he was an ANGEL, all the beginners rode him. I have a 1/2 arab now who tests my patience and abilities every day...but still I trust her and love her.

Another horse that's a good pocket-size horse and has a ton of spunk/loves to work is the Morgan. I prefer the non-lippitt morgans usually but again... it depends on the particular horse.
     

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