Marq My Words (Muscat & Vallejo Marquessa)
, SVS Il Divo
(*Padron, Khadraj NA, Kouvay Bey), Desperado Moon (Sundance Kid V & Hucklebey Berry)
, Lady B (Barbary) SVS Viado (Desert Heat VF (Fame VF X Khadraja Bey)
There are lines that are considered "Halter" and "Performance" and most are all around types. I admit to being very partial to Russian, Polish and domestic lines bred by Sheila Varian and Bazy Tankersley (Al Marah Arabians). Sadly, Sheila and Bazy are no more.
Marq My Words was one of the best trail & parade horses I've ever ridden. He was one of the most level headed horses I've ever owned. He was by the *Muscat son, Nokitov out of Vallejo Marquessa, one of the best producing mares ever, so I expected no less. *Muscat was Russian, 1st Triple Crown winner (US National Champ, Scottsdale Champ and Canadian National Champ), all showing halter. He was also an excellent Western Pleasure horse, worked cows, and rode out on trail. I have always kicked myself for selling Marq.
SVS Il Divo aka Cloney is my gelding by SVS Fornaio who is a Khadraj NA son out of SVS Kouleysza (Kouvay Bey X Fetyszka) out of Patrice C, a Coleal mare, *Padron X Aaire, an SX Saladin daughter. That's Russian and Polish lines and all Halter and Racing (Fetyszka was a *Deficyt daughter), so you'd think hotter than a $2 pistol but he's anything but. Cloney CAN be hot, but it's all for show, he's not losing his mind while he does it and he's far from spooky. He's shown at the National level in Main Ring Halter, Sport Horse in Hand, Hunter Pleasure and up to 2nd Level Classical Dressage. He's super athletic and very good minded.
Desperado Moon is a Varian bred Western Pleasure horse I owned, by Sundance Kid V X Beyberryeloquence (Hucklebey Berry X Chosen Destiny (Well Chosen). I took him on because of his sire line, and pretty much in spite of his tail female line. A lot of people thought a lot of Aladdinn but he was never a particular favorite of mine. Moonie had been left a stallion solely because he was black and for no other reason. He was a good looking horse but he'd been allowed to be an absolute pig. So, the first thing I did was geld him. That improved him immensely. He turned into the sweetest Western Pleasure horse you could ask for. Even as a stallion he wasn't a hot head, he was just not real nice. After he was gelded and we showed for a season, he was the sweetest horse and I sold him as a child's show horse. By the time I sold him, I really didn't want to. I'd take another Varian bred horse any day.
Lady Barbieri (Barbary) was a Varian bred mare by Barbary, a champion Park horse, so you'd expect another hot horse. She totally wasn't. She was very kind and loved attention and going for rides. She taught me how to ride saddleseat, Country English Pleasure, she didn't trot high enough to be a Park horse like her sire. She was my first Arabian and got me into Arabian horses. She was a total character. Very dramatic, but not spooky in the least.
I also liked to cross Russian/Polish lines on Varian breeding (Bay el Bey). I had an old mare Cachmere (Ratzi X Sacudida) and her daughter Carmel Bey a Bay el Bey daughter, and her daughter Khadraja Bey by Khadraj NA. These mares made some lovely foals and they were mostly sensible. I also had SVS Viado who was by Desert Heat VF, a Fame VF son, out of Khadraja Bey. Desert Heat and Fame VF both were champions at halter and Western Pleasure stallions. Viado, unfortunately, was extremely high strung and spooky. Sometimes all you can do is all you can do.
I also loved Magic Dream CAHR (Ali Jamaal X The Dreamspinner) and he was very level headed. Crossed on Sanadik el Shaklan was a very popular cross but I found it produced horses that were so hot and silly that finding a trainer to work with them could be really frustrating. I bred a foal out of Sanadika Shaklana who was prettier than both of her parents but had a sieve for a brain.l Not a breeding I would repeat,.
What's your mare's Arabian pedigree?
I agree that sometimes the reason a horse is spooky and nervous is because the handler/rider is spooky and nervous. For instance, the mare spooks at barrels and never desensitizes to them. Sometimes that is exactly what's happening. Other times, the rider/handler knows they're going to be passing near the barrel and expects the horse to spook, so tenses up and the horse feels the rider's anxiety and feeds on the heightened energy. Only you can know what it really is.