Since I've only owned and ridden one breed which I truly love no matter which horse it is I'm on, I'll give some opinions on the Arabian. In my opinion, the Arabian is a low-maintenance horse physically and mentally, as they are incredibly hardy and have no predisposed soundness issues. They are also extremely quick learners and are curious, which makes for an easily trainable horse with a good work ethic. Once the horse's training is underway, they become solid mounts for all levels of riders.
Buy an Arabian horse for the following awesomeness in a beautiful four-legged package:
- extreme intelligence (smarter than you even)
- sensitivity (a horse you don't have to pull or kick into oblivion!)
- easy keeping (which means less money, right?)
- endurance/stamina/can run for days/it's just like the movie Hidalgo
- excellent train-ability/work ethic/your horse has a job and it knows it
- a huge heart and willingness to do anything you ask of it
- strong, solid feet
- smooth gaits
- you can tell everyone you own the Barbie of the horse world (I mean everyone else is going to say it behind your back, so you might as well kick their butts in the show ring while also looking FABULOUS!)
- a teacher (the kind you ENJOY, even on a weekend)
- a pony of your very own to grow old with (they can live into their late 30s!)
- a sport horse built for war, looking like a queen, and an attitude like a diva packing around riders of all levels (I would even dare say the one breed best suited to take beginners all the way to where they want to go in Equestrian)
But remember to read the fine print:
- can be prone to swayback and topline issues in aging horses. Arabians are a high-head carried breed that rely on a rider to help keep them fit and conditioned. Otherwise, they are not genetically predisposed to any soundness issues at all
- can quickly become stubborn if the rider is inexperienced, assuming the horse has the personality to test the rider. Arabians are smart, and can often outsmart a rider more quickly than some other breeds.
- will often get fat without exercise as they are easy keepers... But I mean, are you honestly NOT going to ride your horse?