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post #11 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 12:27 AM
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I learned to ride on an arabian mare when I was about 11. No one told me (or my parents) arabians where hot. She wasn't in the slightest. She was sweet and smart and gentle. Now I'm buying one for my 10 year old daughter!
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post #12 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 08:11 AM
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I'we known two: one was a good riding school horse, a bit sensitive but fine UNTIL another horse overtook him - he absolutely had to be first and he would launch himself into a very jumpy canter (I don't know how to explain it, very collected, head down, huge jumps). Very unpleasant, even experienced riders would get unseated easily. And no amount of training helped. Granted, as soon as the rider fell off, which was usually after two of those jumps, he would stop dead still and look sheepish. He just could not help himself when there was a competition going.

The other was a stubborn pig of a horse, lazy, bucked if asked for more and bucked at the crop, reared occasionally, kicked out at other horses, nipped in hand and in stable... He was as good as gold with begginers because they don't ask for much or for very experienced riders who would have to show a very firm, fair and knowledgable hand. Anything in between was a no-go. He was also a very good trail horse because he was fearless (I've never seen him spook at anything) and much more forward than in school. I suppose he wasn't a great match as a riding school horse but would have made a great trail riding horse for a happy hacker.

So, all in all, I think they are all different but I don't particularly enjoy them (I prefer uncomplicated horses)
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post #13 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 08:22 AM
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Arabians? They are crazy......but only if you think loving, loyal, smart, athletic, etc qualities makes one crazy! I love them. My 16 yr old gelding is spooky (but very sweet and willing) while my 3 yr old is more like a dog (he follows my husband and "helps" him with chores around the barn and so far is learning well under saddle). The best is when I call them, they call back! You have bad apples in all breeds (mainly created by bad/ignorant owners), but if you get the chance to be around Arabs, take won't regret it!
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post #14 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 09:38 AM
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I had Arabs and Arab/crosses growing up and most of my adult life.

It is true, that Arabs are smarter than we are and smart to their own undoing.

I laid my 29 yr old Arab to rest this past May. I rescued him when he was seven. His back injuries kept him from being a trail horse but he was the best children's lesson horse and playmate of any horse I have ever had in my pasture

He was a trickster and always testing me, in his own gentle way. He NEVER needed a hand raised to him or a riding crop taken to him but, he would "try me". I would just point my finger and half heartedly say "Streeeeeterrrrr, don't you do that". His eyes would light up with glee. Once he passed 25, his health started to fail, so I let him get away with a lot of tricks because he never crossed the line to where he needed severely corrected. I think he wanted to hear "Streeeeeeterrrr, don't you do that"

It takes a certain kind of heart and personality to own an Arab. The person considering one for the first time, needs to give their own self an HONEST appraisal. Some new horse owners should own an Arab, others should not.

They are a loyal to the death horse, as long as the human has earned their respect.

Never TELL an Arab it has to do something. They are like husband's ----- the idea has to be planted, then the husband and the Arab both think the idea was theirs and it was a wonderful idea, lollol

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #15 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 10:26 AM
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As most of you already know, "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP) was an unregistered Arabian, that I bought at auction, as a green 4yo, beating the meat market by $5, and got him for $135.00 (I sometimes get the price wrong, but DH save the auction receipt and showed it me recently.)
SOMEBODY had taught him to trailer. We forget to buy a lead and had to load him with a piece of baling twine. He was so affable that I believe that the previous owner liked him a LOT and just couldn't keep him.
He was loyal, sensitive, VERY social and fearless. He loved to spook at nothing, but I think the spooky description isn't fair. I have bought and sold other breeds that are just as spooky. Pretty much any horse, when green, will spook. Corporal wouldn't spook and BOLT, just shy to the side and move on. It's far more dangerous to be sitting a horse that freezes and then explodes into bucking and bolting.
Arabians are sensitive, but that just means it's easier to get them to move their feet. I understand that warmbloods are sluggish and can explode when pushed. Arabians WILL move for you. Arabians will try want you want and try to please you. Just like TB's, which have Arabian blood, they love to run. If that scares you, don't get one.
Arabians have a big trot, for a little horse. Although they have bred them to be >16 hands, the average Arabian tops at 15hh. Corporal was 15.1hh
They have shallow barrels and many men don't find that comfortable.
They are gentle and very sociable. They are smart. DH maintains that Corporal constantly made me out to be a fool, like when we trail riding down from Harney's Peak, we were leading. I dismounted to fix my DD's saddle, and Corporal started walking down the trail back to camp just fast enough that I had to run to catch up. Had I bothered to teach him to ground tie, THAT wouldn't have happened.
If you buy an Arabian first time, get a middle aged Arabian with some good training. Make SURE that he/she is sound and avoid that stupid small hoof that some are currently breeding into. Most Arabians had the very best hooves shy of a Mustang, until bad show ideals found their way into breeding.
V--THIS is hardly a spooky horse.

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post #16 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 10:45 AM
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Corporal, I had to chuckle at you having to run after Corporal. Streeter was the same way, up until the last few years of his life.

If he got out the driveway gate, he would trot just fast enough that I couldn't catch him. It was joke around here, that someone further down the road would have to put up a barricade to stop him from heading the 12 miles into town for a Coor's Lite, lollol

Big trot. Streeter was only 13.3H but he had a long big, graceful trot until he hit his 20's and arthritis really started to build in his old vertebra injury.

He did "the Arab Float" with such precision and slow motion grace, in the pasture, that even the Walking Horse folks lost their breath, watching him.
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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #17 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 10:54 AM
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The horse I most trusted on the trail was a QH/Arab cross. She never put a foot wrong and could handle any situation. If I wasn't sure of the safest path I could give her the reins and trust i would get where I needed to be. Lived to a very old age and a trickster to the end as others have said. She was a older and sitting in a pasture because her first owner couldn't handle her. the lady that bought her just hated to see good horseflesh put down or sold to a packer for an owner's stupidity. She became my project when I wanted a horse and couldn't afford one. The owner gave me the opportunity to work off the fat and get her in shape for the local sale then offered a percent of sale price to put down on one of her horses or I could buy her for packer's price. After several months of hard work I bought her and never looked back even though the person hired to transport ran her through the feed door and she spent over a year recuperating. That was how we finished bonding.
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post #18 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 12:03 PM
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I don't think a person can say this enough: there are good and bad horses in every breed, and this is no exception. The bad stereo types came from somewhere, and it wasn't someone's imagination.

Here are 4 Arabs I've known summed up.

1)first horse i did compeditive trail on, a nice pure arab gelding. He was fast, enduring, athletic, had a good work ethic and was very sound. Could be tricky to ride and would never be a beginners horse.

2)pure bred gorgeous mare. She was about 10 bricks short of a full load mentally. Would imagine things to spook violently at. She was thoroughly the most unpleasant horse to ride I've ever seen. She even spooked on top of her sleeping foal, damaging his legs.

3) half arab mare. Spooky, spooky, spooky. Nothing helped, couldn't fix it. Every single ride she would spook at the saddle pad.

4) my current mare. Best trail horse I've ever seen. She will pack you safely through anything you point her at. She will retaliate if she figures something isn't fair and she's smart and opinionated. Before I owned her she (at 800lb) packed about 300lb of big guy and tack up and down steep hills in the mountains. She's also the best brood mare I think I've ever seen.

So I think you have to be careful. I've seen aweful Arabs, great ones and some in between. Avoid halter breeding at all costs, nothing but trouble.
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post #19 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 12:36 PM
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halter bred arabians can be a bit hot and reactive (but you can train their reactiveness into thinking). and they are certainly smart. mine LOVES to work. free lunging is a game to her though its still work. she also likes to chase things when im riding her (if i tell her to). my fiance mountain bikes while i ride and if he is getting some good speed i drop the reins and say "go get him!" and she will tail him no matter how fast he is going.

Incredibly smart horses. i plan on getting another arab when the time comes.
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post #20 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 12:46 PM
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Oh lord the going JUST fast enough so you cant catch them game!!! i touch mine was just cheeky! when she was out on pasture she would kinda hot JUSt out of my reach and whinny every time she bounced. i swear she was laughing at me!.
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