Let's Get to Know the Arabian Horse
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Each breed of horse, as with dogs, have been bred to bring out certain traits. The Thoroughbred and it's long legs meant for racing. The draft horses and their size for pulling large loads. The same is true of the Arabian, but these traits are very different from the other breeds.
The countries where this breed of horse came from are all deserts. The people were nomadic, traveling the deserts with their families and their animals. These people were very close to their animals, and very often brought their horses right into their tents with them for the night, for they were not only very valuable, but these people trusted their very lives to these animals. If their horse could not get them through this very hot and dry sandy land, they would very likely parish. Therefore, these horses are well known for their friendly dispisitions, and even though they were purebred animals well known for their hot bloodedness, they maintained a calm and trustworthy personalities.
Because of the lack of water in these lands, the Arab horse was bred to not need as much water or food as your other breeds of horses. The average quarter horse, or Morgan, will normally eat flake of hay or alfalfa and about a quart of grain twice a day if they are working, and in comparison, the Arab can easily be satisfied with a little more than half of that, and will maintain their weight and good looks without any grain. They are definitely the cheap date of the horse world.
The Arab is also well known for their smaller size as compared to other breeds. The average size of a purebred Arab will be between thirteen and a half hands to about fifteen hands. An average size for a quarter horse will be from sixteen to seventeen and a half hands. Because of their smaller size, and their calm disposition, they are a good horse for a child who is competing or using the horse for sports or trail riding.
An Arabian can be easily recognized by their beautiful dished shaped face and the tips of their ears not straight, but tipping in towards each other. The animal has large hindquarters, short legs, and a good size chest, The Arabian is all heart, and will give 200% to please you. Despite their small size, they love to race and are winners. They also make good jumpers. They are very smart, and are easily trained.
They are also well known to have little to no foot problems. They have comparatively, the hardest hooves of any other horse. and rarely have problems. Unless you hare exercising them every day on pavement, they can go without shoes with no problems. The horse shoe man only needs to come and trim up the hooves every few months and this horse is good to go.
A Part of Your Family
Once this animal gets to know you, or your children they are the most trustworthy horse you could ever put you family on. As an example, one day my niece and I were riding bareback, just riding the horses to the store which was about a block and a half away from our house. I rode the younger quarter horse, and my niece, who was about eleven or twelve years old on my Arab gelding. I reminded her that if she felt herself slipping off the horse, because we were riding without saddles, to push herself away from the horse, not hang on and slip underneath the horses belly. She smiled at me and said "I know, I know."
Well the difference between I know, and doing it were two different things. The horses trotted for a short distance, and my niece began losing her balance and was slipping off. She let out a little scream, and when I looked back she was hanging onto the horse and slipped under him, falling off under the horse. As I looked in horror, the horses foot should have made it's next step right on her chest, but he very kindly skipped that step and stepped over her and stopped. She got up dusting herself off saying, " Did you see that? Auntie, he skipped over me." That is an Arab in action with your kids. Arabs have been known to protect their riders from snakes, their arch enemy.
A Pleasure to Ride
The Arabians spent so much time with their human family, that they have become a very loyal animal to their masters. They seek out interactions with humans, and will do their best to please their masters, being very easy to train.
Their stamina far exceeds that of other breeds and they can go for hours longer than other horses. Their gentle disposition is genetic and they will show actual affection towards their owners. As a matter of fact, the Arabian breed is the only breed that the United States Equestrian Federation will allow children to handle or exhibit the stallions without incident. This is due to the fact that genetically they were bred to be docile. The only time that you will find an ill tempered Arabian is if they have been abused, mistreated or spoiled.
These wonderful animals are good at whatever you give them to do from western, trail, dressage, jumping or just a family pet. They work hard and have the endurance it takes to be successful at whatever you give them to do. They are a pure pleasure to ride, and I cannot wait until the day I get to buy another one. This is without a doubt, my favorite breed of horse.