||[Jan. 1st, 2009|09:22 pm]
Fascination for Arabian Horses
I've been lurking for awhile but haven't seen any posts, so it's nice to meet you all!
I've ridden arabians for a lot of my life but they've always been school horses or crosses. I've never been a part of a show circuit. I've loved almost all the arabians I've ridden. They're sensitive, they're intelligent, they're responsive and energetic and they're cute! However, most other people I talk to have a bad idea of arabians.
Honestly, seriously, I don't know why. No one can really tell me any specific reason or bad experiences they've had on arabians. This may not seem like the right place to ask this but I trust that you know arabians and your opinions will be justified and not prejudiced. Is this just a bad wrap or is there something I don't know about? I'm asking because in the next year I plan to buy a horse and I'll be looking for an arab or an arab cross. Are there any specific undesirable traits that due come up in arabs that I should watch out for? I would be looking for a best friend and a casual hunter/jumper trail partner, not a show horse.
From what I understand, most people don't like their fire and the way they keep people on their toes. I've never heard a bad word spoken about them by other people who like Arabians, though.
are those birds in your icon? lol
^^ You're welcome. I, personally, LOVE Arabians and will be getting one whenever our lifestyle/financial situation allows (but I love a challenge ^_~)
And yes they are! I think you're on parrot_lovers too! Your GCC is really beautiful =)
Yep parrot_lovers I am :)
It's hard to find arabian lovers in mainstream equestrian communities, and I don't know why. I think since I grew up riding them I'm used to how they are. The horse I'm taking care of right now is the biggest challenge I've ever worked with, he's a biting 16.3 hh TB. No arab has ever compared to that LOL.
Oh, and Munchkin says Thank You! :)
I thought I recognized Munchkin! Tell her she's very welcome and I wish our GCC would get his head feathers back (medication side effect x.x)
I know what you mean. I've never really had problems with Arabians. Only horses I've ever really had issues with have been quarter horses (which I find to be just rather...dull) and TBs (problems varied). I remember crap we used to get at our old boarding stable (more than ten years ago). It was owned by a lady who had QHs and TBs and her kids were in all the rodeo shows (though one did English hunt seat) and she had this attitude over our Arab mare. I don't know. I think they're amazing horses because they're so smart, and if you get their trust, they'll do whatever you ask. It's just getting the trust that's the trick.
it looks like you've already gotten similar opinions here to how I feel... I spent years Eventing Thoroughbreds and in my string, my first upper level horse was a Half-Arab, and another that I trained was a purebred. By far the smartest, most willing horses I've ever worked with.
If only the purebreds grew bigger! I think the Arabian stigma tends to be U.S. oriented... I mean, the French Olympic team was once comprised of ONLY Anglo-Arabians (TBxArab). pretty cool ; )
Ditto to all of the above.
I have ridden and shown arabs since I could walk. I have played at open shows, and won national titles. I will prefer arabs for anything (except jumping giant jumps, because they wont ever be giant!).
I agree, most people who say arabs are flighty have never swung a leg over them. So, no, there is no secret that you don't know about!
In my opinion (for what its worth) everything is in the raising! (of any animal!) I've met pit-bulls that are sweet as pie, and I had to euthanize a super-aggressive Labrador Retriever. Treat and train an arab right, and youre set. teach them to be mean, and suprise, they get mean. little to do with the breed, and everything to do with the training.
So, I am glad you have had sch great expeiences! Don't let people get ou down on arabs! those who ride them know how amazing they are!
I just got an arab/quarter horse cross, and shes truly amazing. graniamhaol, I must agree and and willingly admit my mare is smarter than me. lol
The only problem I had with her was one day she was no longer willing to listen to me and I had to ditch her cause she took me under a tree. But the only reason I really couldn't get her to listen was mostly because I had no saddle or bridle on her. Then she just stood there looking at me like 'hey how'd you get down there?' The saddle and saddle pad are much to big for her and the hackamore is just about small.
I wouldn't trade her for any horse in the world. A lot of people dont like their natures, and they really do like keeping people on their feet.
Thanks! I got him in March :) He's sooooooo wonderful. A purebred Arabian, grandson to Khemosabi, and he's got such a level head!