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    11-14-2011, 07:25 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
Goodness, where did all of you get your arabians? I want one...
My gelding is an Appy, but 3 of his grandparents were purebred Arabians. He is NOT slow, but he is a gentle, willing horse. He is not spooky, and his idea of a bolt is to stop and lock his legs. Wonderful horse, but not a stereotypical Arabian.

My mare? I'd cry for joy if I could teach her to bolt by locking her legs and not moving a muscle! My right hip is sore right now from an injury on one of her bolts 3.5 years ago. She can be a sweet girl, but when she starts rolling her eyes and squirting diarrhea, it is going to be an ugly day.
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    11-14-2011, 07:56 PM
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.

Snaffle bits aren't meant for neck reining, but that's a whole 'nuther topic. If he truly neck reins, he'd do it with a snaffle bit in his mouth since neck reining is a sort of misnomer anyhow. Try using seat and leg cues and see how he does.

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.

No, you don't have to use an Arabian saddle if the TWH one fits. The main problems most folks have with fit is that Arabians are MUCH wider than you expect them to be and need a very wide gullet (most of the time). The other problem is that regular Western saddle skirts tend to be too long and bump into their hips, sometimes even causing pain.

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

Arabians are jokers. I never knew horses had a sense of humor until I got an Arabian and she had her favorite joke for every single person she interacted with. It was hilarious when we caught on. They love people and when they are secure, look out, they love to play pranks.

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

Give him time. Start showing up with his favorite treat and walk out and give it to him. Then walk back toward the gate and give him another as long as he follows and praise him. Do that every few feet until he's at the gate and make sure to give him 2 or 3 while you stand at the gate with him. Pretty soon he'll see you coming from 100 yards and won't be able to get there fast enough. Same thing with haltering, hold his treat in your hand and he has to reach down into the halter to get it, where upon you fasten the halter and give him another treat and lots of praise. Pretty soon you'll be able to switch off treats and praise and it won't be an issue anymore. Just remember he was at a kill pen and probably isn't real sure whether you're trustworthy or not. You have to show him that you're ok.

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 :/

Most Arabians have a reallllly floaty trot with lots of suspension when they are at liberty. Depends on their physical condition whether they have it under saddle or not. Some kind of have a single foot type of gait but that's not generally true. Some trot like a park horse loose but flatten out under saddle.
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    11-14-2011, 09:37 PM
Hahaaha thanks guys I love the input. I am at a hole new standpoint in my horsey life. This guy is already proving to a smart fella. I was worried he wouldn't come to me in the field. Well I got home from work and he turn and acknowledged me... so far so good. I even got a whinny :) so with time I see him coming.
    11-14-2011, 09:52 PM
Originally Posted by kait18    
so with time I see him coming.
With time you're going to be calling him Velcro! and by the way, that's not insulting, all my horses have nicknames. My avatar horse is Desperado Moon, I call him Moonie Goonie, my stallion Il Divo is Cloney Padroney because he looks so much like his Grandpa etc, etc.
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    11-15-2011, 12:55 AM
I have owned two Arabian crosses (well, one for sure... my current mare is just a guess). Here are things I have gathered about Arabs from them:

1. They are SMART! Sometimes I am just blown away by how fast Bliss picks up new concepts. We started dressage lessons a month ago (once a week), and she is already bending and coming on the bit fairly solidly! She would be learning even faster if I better knew what I was doing. And it's true, they do get bored very easily so you gotta keep their minds busy!

2. They are so sweet! Both of my Arab crosses have been teddy bears. Bliss actually walks up to me in the field when I go to catch her! She wants her love haha.

3. They are very flighty! I know there are lots of calm Arabs out there (please don't kill me for my generalization!), but both of mine have been spooky, and an Arabian breeder friend of mine agrees that this is generally a breed characteristic.

4. They love to run! My first gelding, he would run all day if I let him. Bliss loves to run as well, but she doesn't have the stamina that he did. And the first time I galloped my gelding, he was my best friend after that. I owned him for two years before I felt confident enough to let him run, and when I finally did, he was just SO thankful.
    11-15-2011, 09:22 AM
Dream catcher I think I actually might name him velcro lol I like the sound of it for him :) and no insult all my other guys have nicknames... like one guys name is denny but he has a dent in his head so I call him "dent" and surprising he responds lol

Hillree I am finding out my boy likes to run and run alot. He hates walking enless he is grazing. But he doesn't have the stamina yet to continue running. I think he will beat me in the race of getting fit lol
    11-15-2011, 11:14 AM
I want to make an observation on the 'flighty' comments about Arabians, not in a negative way, but more in a ......What if kind of way. These horses were bred to be war horses and to take care of their humans. They originally lived in a tent with their bedouin owners and had kids crawling all over them and were expected to tolerate and babysit the kids too. Because it was their job to take care of their humans, these horses are EXTREMELY aware of their surroundings and anything going on in their area. Because of their extreme intelligence, I think HYPER VIGILANT is a better word to describe what appears to be flightiness, but that word implies brainless-ness to me so I don't care for it.

Hyper vigilance though, that I'd sure agree with. The see and hear EVERYTHING and they are ready to run on a seconds notice. But think about how that could save your life in battle. If your horse heard the arrow, knife, bowshot, gun, cannon, long before you did and got you right out of there, you'd run to live another day. If your horse heard the panther, lion, tiger, snake, other nasty critter, coming in the tent and gave the alarm before you had any idea there was something out there, then how grateful would you be?

One thing you'll notice if you ever fall off your horse is, he'll most likely stay with you. I've never had an Arab run all the way home with an empty saddle. They might run 25-50 feet after you scare them silly by falling off, but they come back and stick around til you're back up and ready to ride again. Or to walk them home from the ground if you can't get back up. One day I used a 5 gallon paint bucket as a mounting block (yes, I am now fully aware of JUST how dim that was) and it tipped over and dumped me on my butt. My mare was so upset that she ran up and down the rail of the arena hollering and yelling to get someone's attention. Fortunately, she didn't! I got back up and got on from the ground and off we went, but she was very upset when I got dumped and was totally looking for help.
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    11-15-2011, 12:01 PM
I like that word. Dreamcatcher. My guys is very fast to react to things. He is skittish but he is also very aware of everything.
    11-15-2011, 12:50 PM
I believe that Arabians are the Border Collies of the horse world. They need/want/HAVE to have a job. Here are a few more "Corporal-isms".

We're on our family riding vacation--3 daugthers are small, and our youngest is riding double with DH. I get off of Corporal to fix somebody's something, but I didn't tie him to a tree, just left him loose, reins secured. He gets bored and soon starts walking down the trail, just far enough ahead of me to dare me to chase him. I think I jogged about 1/8 of a mile before I caught up. ...stinker...

I should preface with the fact that in our turnout area I NEVER had to chase Corporal. If I walked out with a halter and lead, he would walk towards me and be no problem. A few years before he passed on I left the gate to the area in front of our barn open. Corporal gets out. He had been grazing there, then he waited until he knew I was too far away to close the gate. He walks (again) towards to street, decides to circle, again at a walk around my (detached, 4-car) garage, then picks up a trot, then a canter and takes off through the town. I looked at my 100 lb GS/Collie cross, "Xena", and said, "GO, get the horse!"
I went back to the barn to get a can of grain, but I thought my day was going to be shot chasing him. To my happy surprise Xena herded Corporal back in about 10 minutes. He acted as if this had been a planned activity for the day, with some purpose to it.

I DO miss him, but sometimes I admire my 5yo QH, "Buster", who, after a day of schooling will stand ground tied to his spot after being untied.

Kait18, better arm yourself with a box of Wheaties!! Lol
    11-15-2011, 01:42 PM
Hahaha good suggestion corporal... I have a feeling I will be in the position of chasing him soon. He has untied the gate now four times. I have it triple tied and latched.
I have had my fair share of escape artists but he is at the top already :p

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