Breaking in a 13 year old Arabian

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    01-04-2011, 10:17 AM
Green Broke
Breaking in a 13 year old Arabian

Well I wouldn't normally post a story about a horse that I am training for someone else but I couldn't resist sharing the story of this guy with everyone.

This is Monarchy, a little (14.1hh) 13 year old Arabian gelding who has been a very successful halter horse all of his life but never broken to saddle. He has had wins at regionals and the Houston Livestock show amongst other awards. Although his conformation isn't overly suited to being a good show horse (with that big long neck), he makes up for it with willingness and spirit. Also, he is a little podgier than I like at the moment (not my horse, not my place to comment) which makes it hard to fit a saddle properly and keep it from slipping forwards sometimes as you can see in the pics. He is like a sausage on legs.

I call this little guy Monkey as that is truly his personality - cheeky, playful and intelligent, an absolute pleasure to work with. I also refuse to use a horse name that has more than two syllables He must have been one of the easiest horses I have ever broken in as he was so quick and willing to learn anything and everything I had to teach him. I think to get him walk trot and canter some circles in the arena took all of two weeks. Now we are working on perfecting his gaits and getting him to bend and flex comfortably.

Now I have had very little to do with Arabian showing and just stumbled into it when I arrived here in Texas. Although I don't plan to show Arabians any time soon myself I have been training youngsters for a few different people here in the Houston area and have also been fortunate enough to work with some very well known and respected people in the world of Arabians and have learnt a lot. One of the things I find difficult, and this is just a personal thing, is getting used to riding small horses with big gaits! My job will really just be to give him the best basics I can and let someone else do all the showing.

Anyway the first two are showing off why he was successful in halter and the last three are him under saddle:

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    01-04-2011, 10:19 AM
He's quite the looker Sarah, although I'm not that crazy about his neck.

I wish Casper had greyed out like that, but he decided to be fleabitten. Have I ever mentioned I intensely dislike fleabitten greys?
    01-04-2011, 10:23 AM
Green Broke
I find his neck odd too. From what I am told they go crazy for it in the halter classes, it just doensn't seem functional to me.

I know all about your irrational hatred for fleabitten greys Speed So discriminatory.
    01-04-2011, 10:37 AM
I know! But I try not to let it affect how I treat Casper.

Wanna see some pics of him? Here he is in all his winter fuzzy cuteness. The ears back, annoyed picture cracks me up.
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    01-04-2011, 10:45 AM
Green Broke
He is absolutely gorgeous! He has the same classic style of Arabian head that Monkey does, beautifully dished but also more rounded and softer than some of the modern Arabians. He looks like a little guy too, how tall is he?
    01-04-2011, 10:50 AM
Conny had a better head, but Casper's is all sorts of cuteness, especially when he's sleeked out in the summer. He looks just like a Little Princess Pony then, and of course all the little girls gravitate to him!

Yes, he's tiny. He tops out at 14.2 h. He's pure Polish breeding.
    01-04-2011, 11:00 AM
Green Broke
The Polish Arabians are my absolute favourite! I have loved every single one that I have seen. Oh and I like the smaller Arabians too, I think they should all be under 15hh.

The Straight Egyptians are nice of course but they just don't appeal to me as much. And don't even get me started on the breeding programs for the SE's
    01-04-2011, 11:02 AM
Yes, best to let that particular dog lie. I have a lot to say about the SE breeding programs and the -ahem- interesting horses they're churning out.

Let's just say I won't willingly have an SE horse in my barn.
    01-04-2011, 11:07 AM
14.2 real or Arabian in denial 14.2h? (Like the woman I met you insisted her Arabian was 16h and when I met the horse it could not have been over 14.2h, but the owner still insisted it was a full 16h and no one was going to convince her otherwise.)

Sarah, you guys look great. Good job.

I am with you, that neck looks strange to me. Not sure why (other than it looking crazy long).

I love Casper even though I too do not like the fleabitten look. Love the grumpy horse look.
    01-04-2011, 11:12 AM
He's 14.2 h for real, Always. He's a teensy weensy little horse.

As small as he is, he's still taller than Conny was. Conny was a true 14.1 h.

Sarah, how is Monkey to ride? Does he have a jackhammer trot? The reason I'm asking, is because he has a very steep shoulder to go along with that odd neck.

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