I am NOT an Aussie (tho my bro in law is), but I like your cute Arab mare. I started riding 11 years ago and leased a 19 year old flea bitten gray Arab mare, a G'dansk daughter . She was a little hotbox! I saw her out being ridden the ohter day, slowly , yes, but she is now 30 and still taking a rider out for slow trail rides. My friends Arab mare is 23 and is still the fastest horse on our ranch.