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        01-03-2011, 06:36 PM
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    Well, regretfully that is not possible. Where I live, there aren't that many barns, never mind ones that specialize. I only know of one that breeds and sells Haflingers, and they are 2 hours away.
    And I just moved to a new and muuuch better barn (then my old one) and am very happy. They have lots of different kinds of horses (breed, size and character) but if ever they get an Arab or I find out they have one, hehe I am pouncing on it. ;) But I will definitely look for a specialized barn for Arabians in the future if I move to another region.
    But I think maaaaaybe the mare my trainer is starting me on might have sooome small amount of arab in her. She's small and sort of built like an Arabian but a little different (might be mixed with some other pony) and she's very spunky. :) Which is why I loove her.
         
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        01-03-2011, 06:37 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    My first and second horses were Arabians, and I LOVED them! (They have since died at the ages of 24 and 26). But I have a real soft spot for Arabians and would definitely own one again if a nice one came along.

    The first one was fairly bomb proof and lazy. As a matter of fact, I had to work hard to get him to move out at all. Perfect beginners horse. Unless I put guests on him, then he would have energy and run away with them! But for me, well, I had to go to great lengths to get him to move. I like to say Gucci taught me everything I know about horses.

    My second Arabian was more typical and firey. He had lots of "go" and could hardly keep his feet still. He was a lot of fun to ride once I learned that he wouldn't do anything too naughty. He was actually a very safe horse, I think I only came off him once in the 10 years I owned him, and that was because the saddle slipped. (I always assumed he would run off and leave me for dead, but he didn't, he stayed with me). He was a blast to ride! He had some moves I would call his "airs above ground." But he never bucked or did a full-out rear. Just little levades. Ha ha!

    I think I read somewhere on this forum once that if you think you will like an Arabian, then you will. I think that is a pretty accurate statement. If you are already attracted to them and like their beauty and spirit, then you will like owning one. If you just want a horse to behave like a robot, then you should look elsewhere. They are not bad horses, they just have more personality and sensitivity than most. They appreciate a sensitive rider and don't do well with folks who "want to show them whose boss."

    I've always been understanding and admiring of "hot" breeds. Not horses that misbehave or are disrespectful, but horses that have spirit and personality. That is what makes horses beautiful to me. I have a Fox Trotter that I'm sure would drive one of my friends crazy (she has the most well trained, docile QH's I have ever met) but that's okay. I seem to get along with horses with "go." I have never owned a TB, but I had a friend who owned one years ago and I loved him as well. I like docile, calm horses too. They are great. But I also seem to get along well with horses that other people find annoying!
         
        01-03-2011, 06:48 PM
      #23
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    Well if they don't like people who are like: "I wanna be the boss." Then Aaaaamen I found my perfect horse! I know with some horses you have to be, but I have so much trouble being the firm, "i'm the boss" sort of gal. I try hard to be but I only am when the horse is showing signs of great disrespect.
         
        01-04-2011, 05:51 PM
      #24
    Foal
    arbians

    Arabian horses are amazing! I have a crabbet arabian whom I love...she is the perfect partner :0)
    Hidalgo...a horse needs a leader, not necessarily a boss...more of a partnership and if you find the right Arabian you will get that and it's wonderful! Good luck on your search
         
        01-05-2011, 12:23 AM
      #25
    Foal
    I absolutley love arabs and all of the younger not really experienced riders are really good with mine on trail rides!!!! I think they are absoulutly wonderful and the best breed ever!
         
        01-06-2011, 08:17 PM
      #26
    Banned
    I have a National Show Horse who has a lot of "hot blood" in him. But I like my horses a little crazy! But his ground manners are to die for and he is an angel to anybody that rides him (most of the time they're experianced riders). This is also my first time owning 1/2 arab. I have more experiance with Saddlebreds, but I know that sometimes the two breeds can get swept into the same catagory. The thign I love the most is they are extremly smart (at least some) and that's why they seem a little crazy! Give them a job and you'll never regret buying them.
         
        01-06-2011, 08:24 PM
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    I want one so bad... recently I have become interested in Endurance racing... hehe and Arabians are the best for it! :) Definitely when I am older I am going to do some competitive trail riding and endurance racing. (hopefully will have time for them)!
         

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