Posted : 12/21/2009 5:19:16 PM
I LOVE arabs. My first horse was a 20 yr. old, flea bitten gray mare, Della. Wonderful, go-anywhere, safe kid horse. We had another gray mare, Gracie that we had until she was 33. Mostly she was calm but in certain circumstances, that girl could get excited! My sister had an anglo-arab and he was a character! Intelligent, playful, curious and the devil on hooves! He could change direction in mid-air over a jump!
Just my opinion but I think the halter world breeds for that gorgeous, high headed look with a flighty personality which doesn't make the best riding horse. Not sure if since those are the horses a lot of people see, they shy away from them?
I think they are wonderful horses, versatile, very strong, nice, hard feet, amazing endurance, long-lived, good "family" horses and gorgeous doesn't hurt. One reason I don't have an arab is because I typically don't buy by breed, I buy by performance and size and just didn't happen to find an arab when I was buying. Actually, when I was getting a horse for my 13 yr. old, I fell in love with an arab/hackney mare but my daughter fell in love with a paint........ The other reason is I'm 5' 9" and really like a big horse with a big barrel and it seems that most arabs are around 14 hds or if they are tall, they are bred narrow......
Seems like most breeds have extremes at one point or another and then the pendulum swings back to sanity