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    08-16-2012, 02:10 PM
  #11
Weanling
Love our arabs. My daughter has a three year old and I have a yearling that I got in June. There is something about them that we just love.
     
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    08-16-2012, 02:59 PM
  #12
Foal
Haha, gotta love those arabs! I always thought like you too, and I still do think arabs are hotter and much different than any other horse breed.. SMARTER! I have fallen in love with my friends Arab mare, Zierra. They are amazing horses.
     
    08-16-2012, 05:50 PM
  #13
Weanling
I always thought that arabs were pretty, but I'd never owned one or really spent any time with one. My dad was quite prejudiced against them (being an Appy man - nothing against appys, he just didn't like anything else!) and usually I respect his opinion, so I was always a little leery.

When it came time to look for a horse this past spring, I decided to completely ignore breed and colour and focus on finding a horse that had a good personality (and fit my budget!). The pictures in the ad for Éowyn looked TERRIBLE (burrs in the mane, big wormy belly, dirty), and she was smaller than I had wanted (14.2 hh), but there was just something about her that made me want to see her in person.

She looked NOTHING like those pictures, she was healthy and beautiful though she obviously hadn't been brushed in quite some time. She was actually pretty snarky to me at first and my first impression was actually quite negative. But she got in my head and there was something about her that made me want to take a chance. I purchased her for a song (not literally, pretty sure the price would have tripled if they'd heard me sing ) and even though I've only had her for a few months, I wouldn't get rid of her for anything.

She is the smartest, most sensitive horse I've ever worked with and I do believe I'm hooked.
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    08-17-2012, 08:46 AM
  #14
Trained
I will never make blanket judgments about different breeds of horses.
I love that arab attitiude and spirit and sensitivity.
They can be frustrating at times bu so can all the ther breeds. Shalom
     
    08-17-2012, 08:56 AM
  #15
Green Broke
My very well bred, very FREE Arab LAUGHS at this and say, "We've swayed another to our oh-so-wonderful ways!"

     
    08-17-2012, 01:14 PM
  #16
Super Moderator
I guess I should qualify my statement. Let's say I have not seen an Arabian run barrels at a very high level. Running in play-days and at local shows is not exactly going to get one to the National Finals or to World Champion Barrel Competition. Barrel Racing, Cutting, and Reining competitions are all 'open' to all breeds and I have never seen an Arabian place in a high level show. They are about as good at that as a Quarter Horse would be in the Tevis Cup.

I will sure agree that they are very smart and most are very sensitive. They do not 'fit' every rider, but they are a lot of fun.

I've had some very competitive ones -- showing and racing against other Arabians. I trained and showed a US National Top Ten Trail Horse named Saltee Sage. He came to me as an unstarted 4 year old stallion. I also won an 50 mile / one day endurance race and a Best Condition award with him.

I also started, trained and conditioned Kontiki, one of the most famous Arabian Race horses ever. He came to me as an almost untouched 5 year old stallion.

I also bred and raised many Arabians, but that was over 30 years ago and trained and raced Arabians on the Race Track in Arizona for 2 winters back in the 70s. So, I am not unfamiliar with them. I just recognize their strengths and weaknesses and understand how much easier it is to work with a particular type of horse's natural abilities.
     
    08-17-2012, 03:08 PM
  #17
Trained
Nice to see how the Arabians have wrapped so many people around their little hooves

Cherie....I don't think it's quite fair to say they are not competitive. They were originally bred for what? Endurance. That's what they do, in general, best. But you can do a little bit of everything with an Arabian. Period.
Not in highly specialized competition where horses who are BRED for that specific sport compete. This is why these horses are competitive. They are bred for that. And if you look close at all these breeds, what was used to give speed and stamina? The Arabian.
There are very competitive reining, cutting and working cow horse Arabians out there. But it's the owners who chose not to compete against QH.

And speaking about QH....there is now so much variation in type that I sometimes have a hard time recognizing a horse as aQH.
Why? To make them more competitive in a certain discipline.

The Arabian stayed pretty much the same.
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    08-17-2012, 03:29 PM
  #18
Started
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
The Arabian stayed pretty much the same.
Erm... I'm not so sure.

There seem to be at least two very distinctive "types."

There's the shorter, more compact "old style" Arabs, and the tall, more lanky, "swan necked" type "new style" Arabs.
     
    08-17-2012, 04:01 PM
  #19
Trained
That's where specialization comes in, unfortunately.
The swan necks are for halter or the English classes.....just like a halter bred QH will rarely be a speedy performer.....exceptions of the rule excluded.
But the Arab at least you can recognize , swan neck or not.....
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    08-17-2012, 04:03 PM
  #20
Foal
Ok, I am a fan of Kontiki, never saw him race, but his structure and his legacy...WOW.
I always thought there must not be enough Arab owners interested in barrels to really show that maybe some could do the job. I've had a top barrel racers say Arabs don't have the brains (rolls eyes), but I always wondered if it's the slow muscle twitch and lighter gaskins and forearms (on most of them) that makes it hard for them. I'm not a barrel pro, just have fun watching the upper end finals here locally, but would like to hear someone elses opinion as to where the build difference is, that creates this gap incompetativeness....
Raye Anne



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Originally Posted by Cherie    
I guess I should qualify my statement. Let's say I have not seen an Arabian run barrels at a very high level. Running in play-days and at local shows is not exactly going to get one to the National Finals or to World Champion Barrel Competition. Barrel Racing, Cutting, and Reining competitions are all 'open' to all breeds and I have never seen an Arabian place in a high level show. They are about as good at that as a Quarter Horse would be in the Tevis Cup.

I will sure agree that they are very smart and most are very sensitive. They do not 'fit' every rider, but they are a lot of fun.

I've had some very competitive ones -- showing and racing against other Arabians. I trained and showed a US National Top Ten Trail Horse named Saltee Sage. He came to me as an unstarted 4 year old stallion. I also won an 50 mile / one day endurance race and a Best Condition award with him.

I also started, trained and conditioned Kontiki, one of the most famous Arabian Race horses ever. He came to me as an almost untouched 5 year old stallion.

I also bred and raised many Arabians, but that was over 30 years ago and trained and raced Arabians on the Race Track in Arizona for 2 winters back in the 70s. So, I am not unfamiliar with them. I just recognize their strengths and weaknesses and understand how much easier it is to work with a particular type of horse's natural abilities.
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