They are more sensitive in general, to aids, emotion, what's going on around them, etc...which is why, I think, that people refer to them as being flighty, or hyped up.
They do have more energy and endurance than most QH or other stock breeds, because they are a 'hot blooded horse', where as QH and other stock horses aren't. They are a breed that has a naturally high head set; don't ride them expecting to have them be able to set their head low like a breed with a lower neck\shoulder tie in.
Personally I love working with Arabians, because they are so much more energetic, and sensitive; they learn really quickly, if you take those two things into account. They can be a little harder to 'adapt' to different situations though, because of their more energetic and sensitive nature, so you always want to introduce them to different situations with this in mind; I think this is where people wind up thinking they are stubborn, or just plain dumb, because they ride them with the mind set that they should just 'take' to things immediately.
I also love working with Arab crosses (especially QH Arab crosses), as they usually have the endurance, sensitivity, of the Arab, but also the more 'calm' attitude of the QH, as well as the adaptability.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 12-27-2009 at 03:35 PM.