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post #21 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 11:47 AM
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Arabs are my breed of choice, hands down. They are certainly the most common in my sport of choice, endurance. But that doesn't mean they are for everyone. And as many others have said, look at the individual, not at generalities or stereotypes. If you are truly an inexperienced rider, then ask your trainer for help finding you an appropriate mount.

But because who can resist bragging about their horses, here are ours:

Dream crossing a river during The Ride Between the Rivers:

George crossing the finish line at the Moonlight in Vermont 100 without a girth (rode the last 18 miles that way due to a rub):

Sultan climbing Cougar Rock during the Western States (Tevis) 100:

Phin, my greenie, learning how to be a trail horse:

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post #22 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 11:52 AM
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Have owned Arabs and Arab crosses since 1972.
They are smart and sensitive. If you tend to be a bully go buy something else because you won't be happy and neither will the horse.
As others have said...they aren't for everybody.

If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger
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post #23 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 11:56 AM
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^She is so lovely, Kiger! That tail <3

Though my experience with Arabs is pretty limited to multiple rides/lessons on school horses, I can't help but wonder how much of the above is embellishment? I like to think of horses more as individuals than whole breeds--especially when it comes to temperament.

As for my own experiences, they weren't the most positive. One was your typical push-button, elderly school horse, but far too compact for my preference at the time. My preferences have since changed, and I feel as though my feelings would be different if I could "redo" that experience. I have heard that they tend to live longer than most other breeds? This fellow, his name was Santana, was easily in his late twenties and still happy to get ridden a couple days a week!

The other was a gorgeous white Arab that was part of a lesson program in Southern California. He was a little snot haha! Always nipping at the feet of his rider, cow kicking, offering small bucks... I'm not sure what he was doing in that lesson program haha!
Now that I think of it, he was fine if the rider didn't ask for too much!

Subbing to hear other people's experiences <3 I think Arabs are beautiful horses, and would like the opportunity to remedy my slightly negatively biased view of them!
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post #24 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 12:13 PM
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One of the things I try very hard not to do is embellish a commentary on a horse forum.

The TWH in my avatar and my Arab were the two best horses of my life and I've had my own horses, nonstop, since I was 12. I could tell "communicating" stories that many would not believe because they don't take the time to really know their horses. Some communicate better than others, some don't choose to communicate unless they are hurt or hungry then a cement block couldn't miss the signs. These two horses were talkers, once they had been with me long enough to feel comfortable.

Phantom, what beautiful beautiful horses and how I envy you, especially being privileged to participate in the Tevis 100.

Endurance was always a dream that was never in the cards for me. I really enjoy these pictures

This was my Arab when he as around 22 or 24? I can't remember. It was the year Middle Tennessee had a whopping 8" of snow and I got to plow the driveway, lol

A friend who does on-line scrapbooking touched the picture up a tiny bit, put it in a frame and sent it back to me, after I laid "The Streetman" to rest at age 29. All the snow is the real thing.

He really went downhill after I laid the TWH in my avatar to rest at age 27. They went six months apart -- my two best all-around horses, ever ----.

Streeter was a half brother on the top side to "NH Love Potion" who sold for 2 million at auction back in the early/mid 80's. I only found that out a few years ago. I always joked Streeter was Arab royalty, I guess he really was

DH took this picture. He has a real eye for capturing a moment when he isn't trying to catch them sticking their tongues out

This was Streeter-the-Arab (black mane) and Duke-The-Tennessee Walker in the summer of 2014. Little did I know this would be one of the last pictures of them together.

At 28 Streeter still had a handsome refined Arab head:) Cookies can do a lot to get those head set for a picture, lol

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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 #25 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 12:21 PM
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^He is gorgeous!

If nothing else, this thread is great for all the eye candy!
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post #26 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 12:31 PM
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"halter bred arabians can be a bit hot and reactive (but you can train their reactiveness into thinking)"

Not all the time. I spent 2 years trying. Where I ride, a mindlessly spooky horse can easily get you killed. I gave up trying one day 2 years in. We were halfway up a steep trail with loose footing when she saw a small rock she didn't like. She stopped and tried to side pass off the trail. We slid down hill and nearly flipped over backwards. This horse was started by a trainer, rode indoors for 6 months by very experienced riders and then I spend 2 years riding her all over the countryside. I would not call this mare green, just nuts. She was half halter arab, her sire was a national champion.

I also owned a stunning halter bred gelding that was the single most unpredictable horse I've ever worked with. One day you could have a kid ride him around with just a string around his neck, the next you would be having a lovely ride and suddenly he bucked you off.
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post #27 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 02:32 PM
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This post makes me so happy. :) I just closed a piece of property and will be spending all of this fall-(whenever we finish), preparing for a horse, barn, and redoing all the fencing all the while looking for that "right" horse. Annnd I only know of one breed that my heart is absolutely set on- an Arabian.

I've always had a love for Arabians, but after I had one of the most fondly memorable lessons ever, with an 11 y/o Arabian stallion, it was settled.
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post #28 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 02:53 PM
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I doubt my spooky mare Mia will ever be totally trustworthy. I talked to her new owner a week ago. She still jumps sideways sometimes, or does a 360 spin for no reason anyone can figure out. But she's very responsive and willing the rest of the time, so she is now being used as a 'kid's horse'. The kids have ridden as long as they can remember, they ride in open country and think it is funny when she jumps sideways. But where I live, with cactus on either side of every trail, it isn't quite as amusing.

Not long after I got her, I watched a lady riding an Arabian mare who was all snort & blow. She mostly did as told, but with a LOT of drama. I asked the lady later when she would grow out of it. "Well", the lady replied, "she's 26 now. I'll let you know when she calms down..."

I thought about this thread riding Bandit (Arabian/mustang) today (while my daughter rode Steady Eddie Trooper (3/4 Arabian). We spent about 30 minutes getting wide-eyed and snorting over signs, a horse a half mile away, did a 360 when a weedwacker went off beside him - and then the last 45 minutes he was pretty focused and sensible. Not 100% - he did give the stink eye to an RV parked in a driveway - but he went past without drama.

The biggest difference between him and spooky Mia is that I usually can figure out what it is he's upset over, and he calms down about 10 times faster. In spite of the occasional laid back Arabian, such as Trooper, I think they are more reactive, more engaged and more dramatic than most breeds. That is part of the fun. But it can also be dangerous if you get one of the more extreme examples, or if you don't have a good seat or expect a 4-legged ATV. Mia came from racing lines on her dam's side and a national champion Crabbett sire. As I told her new owner before we swapped, I'm not sure all the wires in her brain are hooked up. Very sweet, but...

Although Trooper (and Lilly) were good beginner horses, I think they are exceptions. On the whole, I think Arabians are for people who don't mind some drama. I honestly could do without it pretty easy, but I guess it isn't in the cards for me. Bandit isn't a beginner's horse, but I'm not a beginner any more and he DOES have a lot of "try" in him. Like Mia, you ride WITH him, not ON him.

If you want to ride with a horse, Arabians may be worth the trouble. If you want to ride on a horse, look at another breed - although there are always exceptions.

Trooper & the youngest, doing what they like to do together:

Bandit being walked on a rocky section due to his feet, and both horses grabbing a mouthful:

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post #29 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 03:07 PM
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^^^ Couldn't edit to say Bandit was being walked because the trail behind him was rocky. In his picture, he is getting his just reward for trying hard over the previous 1/2 mile. His feet were 4.5 inches across when the shoes came off in June. They are now 5" across. He's not full up trail ready yet, but his feet are getting better. Just wanted to explain - didn't want people to think a sandy stretch of trail would seem "rocky" to an Arabian.

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post #30 of 40 Old 09-28-2015, 03:30 PM
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KigerQueen, is your horse a Polish bred Arabian? The ones I have seen are more sturdy/big boned looking that most of the Arabians I have been familiar with. The two Polish bred mares I am acquainted with do not have the hot temperament of Arabian reputation. These mares look more like a Welsh Cob and are very sweet and steady. So maybe bloodlines have some play here.

To Inexperience Rider. The first horse you get will probably not be your last. Get a really nice, cooperative, steady horse your first time out, don't look at breed or color as bsms said. Get your experience with a good, honest horse first. Then the next go-around look for a good horse within the breed of our choice. You will have more luck finding a good horse if you widen your search to all breeds. You CAN find the prefect horse for you within any breed but it may take a long long time.

My experience with the only Arabian I owned was not so good, probably do to MY inexperience. You should be an accomplished, confident and sensitive rider for an Arabian, in my opinion.

Of course, my present mare is1/2 Arabian. But she doesn't show me that half. She only shows me her steady, laid back Standardbred half, even in looks. I wasn't looking for a particular breed when I found her, I just wanted a horse with a medium temperament that was not hard to look at. It still took me a long time to find her.
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