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TheBayArab 01-04-2013 02:52 PM

Arabian Hate
I have always ridden/owned arabians in real life, and they are my favorite breed. There used to be arabian barns in my area, but with the economy, not so much. I now have my horse at a quarter horse barn with a quarter horse trainer. As you may guess, she is not too fond of dealing with my little arab! The trainer is great though, and I don't really mind. But throughout my horse experience, people have always bashed my arabs at shows. It seems that everyone thinks arabs can't do sports or western also! This is a total lie, which I know because at all the arab shows I go to western pleasure, reining, barrel racing, etc. have been very popular and they are great at it. It's hard. I can't stand it when people bash my horse. You don't have to like him, but just because he is an arabian doesn't give you the right to say your horse is better.

Anyone else face these issues?

Speed Racer 01-04-2013 02:54 PM

Yep, I've heard all the Arabian bashing stereotypes over the years, probably three times over.

Your best bet is to smile, and then go ahead and ride your horse. They WANT you to engage them. If you don't, they have nothing to use as ammunition against you.

Better to show them what your horse can do, rather than argue with them.

DraftyAiresMum 01-04-2013 02:59 PM

Try having a big draft cross in a ranching community. Lol

People will have breed prejudices. It happens. You just have to deal with it because you know what your horse can do. Arabs and TBs go for dirt cheap in my state (Arizona) because QHs and stock horses rule. I've seen grade stock horses go for more than papered Arabs with great bloodlines.

When people bash your Arab, just smile and then show them just what your horse can do.
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Clava 01-04-2013 03:01 PM

My mother bred arabs and I owned one for her whole life (sadly only 22 yrs), I have never experienced anyone expressing dislike of them in particular.:-) My vet has expressed concerns about my haflinger and various people have made the odd comment about my TB but nothing towards my arab.

Fulford15 01-04-2013 03:13 PM

I am not fond of Arabs, but I would not go around bashing them, thats for sure... Treat others how you would want to be treated. Horse community's are harsh, it's a shame, we are all at a horse event, or what ever it may be, because of our love for horses. :lol:

ETA: My TB has been bashed at Western shows, mostly all QH's there... Got a lot of rude comments but showed them what were made of and kicked some butt! Just ignore them and show them what you got :wink:

DancingArabian 01-04-2013 03:15 PM

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I don't get much Arab bashing but I do get a lot of exclamations and fervent declarations about how wild Arabs are, that my (registered straight Egyptian) Arab may be mixed because he's quiet, leads well and stands nicely and that I am brave for owning one.
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Speed Racer 01-04-2013 03:17 PM

Pish, we all know how krazy dem Straight Egyptian hawrses be! Youse just in denial! :-P

DancingArabian 01-04-2013 03:41 PM

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Pfft they're just jealous their horses don't gallop in place and do aerial maneuvers when spooking! They just *scoff* skitter.

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Speed Racer 01-04-2013 03:45 PM

Casper's not SE, but he does the cantering in place thing, as well as has a 300 mph sideways spook. Why do you think I wear full seat breeches and have a suede saddle seat when I ride him? :rofl:

Casper is honestly one of the very few Arabians I've known/ridden/owned over the years who really does act like the squirrely stereotype. My heart horse was as laid back as they come.

JJ now, my 'crazy ex-racehorse' TB has a hard time staying awake. Oh, saddle? M'kay. Bridle? Whatever..... Something scary? Should I spook? Naw, too much trouble! :-P

equiniphile 01-04-2013 03:47 PM

I get the "crazy Ay-rab" remark quite a bit. I then proceed to drop Estrella's bridle and lope a reining pattern for them bridleless :-P

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