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post #1 of 52 Old 11-14-2011, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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arabian owners i need you :)

alrighty so I bought an arabian gelding at an auction this weekend. Lots of questions and I am sorry if I sound like a dumbie.

Question 1
What types of bits do arabians use most. I tried snaffle and he only responded by direct rein. And he is suppose to neck rein.

Question 2
Do I have to invest in an arabian made saddle if my current twh saddle fits him. I just need to get a different pad to fit his high withers. But everything seemed to look really good.

Question 3
I know all horses are different. But is there anything arabians do that is common. Like habits or traits

Question 4
He won't come to gate when we are there. We can walk to him but have to hide the halter. Which is fine but I want him to want to come with me at the same time. So how do I get him to come to me because he wants to.
Keep in mind. I put him in our round pen and he ran himself without me asking for it. Then came to me and followed me around. But once we went to the field it was like oh yea human gone lol

Question 5
Is there any special gaits they have. He moved out very nicely with high steps in his trot and canter. It was very flowy and beautiful to watch. Is it just w/t/c or am I missing something :/

That's it so far will probably have more questions sooner rather than later. Thanks for your help
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question 1
What types of bits do arabians use most. I tried snaffle and he only responded by direct rein. And he is suppose to neck rein.


Whatever they go in best. There's no special 'Arabian' bit out there.

If you bought him at auction, how do you know he's supposed to neck rein? Because someone told you? Yeah, sellers never lie, especially at auction.

question 2
Do I have to invest in an arabian made saddle if my current twh saddle fits him. I just need to get a different pad to fit his high withers. But everything seemed to look really good.


Get a saddle fitter out if you're unsure of proper fit. Each horse is different, and not all Arabians need an Arabian type saddle.

Question 3
I know all horses are different. But is there anything arabians do that is common. Like habits or traits


Not all Arabians toss their heads, but some do. Most throw their tails over their backs when they're running at liberty, and sometimes under saddle.

I'm not exactly sure what you're asking though, as far as habits.

question 4
He won't come to gate when we are there. We can walk to him but have to hide the halter. Which is fine but I want him to want to come with me at the same time. So how do I get him to come to me because he wants to.

Keep in mind. I put him in our round pen and he ran himself without me asking for it. Then came to me and followed me around. But once we went to the field it was like oh yea human gone lol


This isn't an 'Arabian' thing, it's a 'horse' thing. Work with him and spend time with him.

Don't always ask him to work when you go to get him. You sometimes need to make it just about getting to know each other, and not working.

question 5
Is there any special gaits they have. He moved out very nicely with high steps in his trot and canter. It was very flowy and beautiful to watch. Is it just w/t/c or am I missing something :/


Arabians aren't gaited, if that's what you're asking. Yes, w/t/c, gallop, and hand gallop are what they do, pretty much like every other non gaited horse out there.

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hahaa thanks speedracer. I just don't want to ruin him lol I have never had this breed before and he is already proving to be a smart rascal. I will just have to try him out and see what he is comfortable with.
Haha and yes they could have lied ... I hate being so trusting lol
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Arabians are smart horses in general. I've had them for 33 years. Smartest horse I've ever owned is my 13 y/o gray gelding, Casper.

Smart means they can frustrate the heck out of you, but they're also easy to train. Casper usually gets something within 3 lessons, where as another horse might take 10 or 15. However, that doesn't mean he'll do something perfectly every time. It just means he'll find new and inventive ways of NOT doing something he doesn't want to do!

Being smart also means they can get bored easily. You'll have to watch that with your boy, because he can get sour very quickly. You have to keep them interested, motivated, and their brain engaged.

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haha I am starting to understand why arabian owners say they are smart. I had him in the field to graze alittle and he didn't want to eat. So he ran himself for a few minutes then went to the gate to try and figure out how to open it.. haha I have it double latched now :) he was very close to getting it.
I am going to get him some toys to play with while I am not there.
But he is sure a nice boy so far hopefully I can keep him from getting sour :p
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My heart horse (another Arab) could let himself out of any gate that didn't have a double catch and a bull snap. He was exceptionally devilish.

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hahaha great .. just what I need another escape artist lol .. I will have to keep him busy I don't need the devil haha
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He does need a little time to get used to everything. You've had him only a few days. Give him a few more weeks to settle in. Don't worry about him not greeting you just yet, you're not really familiar to him. I've had arabians and never had to smack one. A sharp No usually did the trick. This is a good time to do ground work with him with lots of brushing. They often have more tender skin and don't care for hard brushes or vigorous currying.
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thank you saddlebags :) that's what we are doing. He is just so good and I just want to make sure I am heading in the right direction...lol he is so sweet and hides behind me when he gets scared ... we have lots of ground work to do
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I'd say that one thing that you'd want to be careful to avoid with Arabs is to offend them by being too harsh, not only physically, but with voice tone/loudness. They're sensistive & want sensitive, polite treatment at all times.
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