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    06-02-2010, 12:50 AM
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Trained
Arabians? What do they do, specifically?

I've owned, gamed, reined, and even cut on Arabians before. But I see all these stud ads for arabs and I only see them set up like halter, not any performance shots.

Obviously I see the halter classes, but what about the under saddle? I've seen arabians do weird gaited motion like a pleasure class, but I never actually looked into what it was hey did competitively. Of course arabs can do nearly everything, but I'm curious as to what they do at breed shows and what all these famous arab studs are doing.

And another thing - Do they still have Arabian racing? I'd love to see that! Once agin, never looked into it much. Lol excuse my ignorance
     
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    06-02-2010, 01:29 AM
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Yep, Arab racing is still going strong. I actually got Latte because she was bred for racing but didn't grow big enough!

Halter is the biggest and most well known (Or infamous) event that Arab's do, but they do a lot more. There was a photo thread on an Arab board from Scottsdale that had amazing photos of the horses doing all sorts of thing, but I lost the link! I love the look of Arab Western Pleasure - The necks are curled and elegant and the western bridles just look stunning on their refined heads.
     
    06-02-2010, 01:52 AM
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Green Broke
The arabs originally bred arabain horses for their endurance.... but I have no idea what they are mainly used for now! Haha :)
     
    06-02-2010, 08:38 AM
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Green Broke
I know what you mean about arab studs just posing in ad pictures. Here are some I found in action. Arabs are pretty versaltile, it turns out



     
    06-02-2010, 10:28 AM
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Showing
Halter horses are generally just that; used for showing in hand and little else.

Some of them do go on to have performance careers, but like the QH, the Arabian halter horses are not bred for performance anymore, but to look 'pretty' when being show in hand.

I prefer the performance lines, because a horse bred like that can do a variety of disciplines extremely well.

OP, the 'weird gaited' horses you're talking about are Park horses. Arabians aren't truly gaited, but they have a very powerful, floating trot which is exaggerated for the Park classes. Riding a horse like that is like having a freight train between your legs! Not something I've ever aspired to do.

Performance bred Arabs do especially well at endurance and LDRs, because they're hardy and have almost boundless energy. They also bond extremely closely with their rider, which makes communication between horse and rider quite amazing.

I love Arabs. My first horse was an Arabian, as was my heart horse.
     
    06-02-2010, 11:20 AM
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Trained
Oh yes, arabians certainly have endurance. That's one of the things I do know. I had a mare that I lunged for a little over two hours (I clocked it) at the trot and canter and she was hardly sweating. I think the final time was two hours, 4 minutes and 33 seconds. Haha

Thanks for the repsonses. Not really into the whole arab thing unless they can act like a QH or my paints.....Beautiful, but not my type of horse.
     
    06-02-2010, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
I had a mare that I lunged for a little over two hours (I clocked it) at the trot and canter and she was hardly sweating. I think the final time was two hours, 4 minutes and 33 seconds.
Longeing a horse for that amount of time is completely inadvisable and rather cruel. You can do damage to their joints and ligaments, as well as bore them out of their skulls.

Arabs are intelligent creatures and need mental stimulation. Doing the same thing over and over again is not good for them physically or mentally.

Longeing is not in any way comparable to endurance, CTRs or LDRs. A horse should never be forced to move in a circle for two hours or more.

If your horse has too much energy you should ride it out, not torture the animal by longeing it for ridiculous amounts of time.
     
    06-02-2010, 12:12 PM
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mls
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Longeing a horse for that amount of time is completely inadvisable and rather cruel. You can do damage to their joints and ligaments, as well as bore them out of their skulls.

Arabs are intelligent creatures and need mental stimulation. Doing the same thing over and over again is not good for them physically or mentally.

Longeing is not in any way comparable to endurance, CTRs or LDRs. A horse should never be forced to move in a circle for two hours or more.

If your horse has too much energy you should ride it out, not torture the animal by longeing it for ridiculous amounts of time.
Thank you SpeedRacer!

As a former competitive distance and endurance rider - a good endurance horse needs a whole heck of a lot more than just being able to lunge for *way too many* hours. These folks that simply assume because their horse has tons of energy and would make a good endurance horse need to be more educated in the sport.
     
    06-02-2010, 04:12 PM
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Super Moderator
I just spent my weekend at an arab show. They did halter, showmanship, they did the walk trot classes, they had a therepeautic riding class, they had country pleasure, hunt, they had sidesaddle, driving, bridle path hack, english, and western, plus horsemanship classes and dressage suitabity. They also did trail in hand and undersaddle. It's actually a very versatile breed. The one thing I would say is a shortfall to the breed (IMO) is jumping, they are hollow backed...
     
    06-02-2010, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
The one thing I would say is a shortfall to the breed (IMO) is jumping, they are hollow backed...
True. But they (generalization) are so cute they way the pull their knees to their eye balls to make up for their lack of bascule.
     

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