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.