The Beauty of the Arabian Horse

The Arabian breed is an ancient purebred horse. Sadly, its beauty is often the cause for abuse by people wishing to exploit this beast for their own glory, thus giving the horse a bad reputation as being crazy.

To people who do not own an Arabian Horse, they often have a reputation as being high strung or even crazy. Their nervous temperament is unfounded.

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I have attended horse shows and there are tricks some trainers use to “hype” up their horses. Most of these tricks are quite illegal at horse shows but were common in the past by unscrupulous trainers who wanted only the top prize. One such tactic was putting ginger paste up the horses rear end, in an effort to get a higher tail carriage. Any one who owns an Arabian horse knows that in a happy horse this is never necessary, as these animals often carry their tails high, even to the point of flipping them over their backs.

Another tactic, was that at home, while training their horses, some trainers would do things to encourage the craziness that has been attributed to the breed. They would, and probably some still do, chase them around the arena with fire extinguishers to hype the horses up. Now again, anyone with a happy Arabian horse knows these horses are already “high” about life, and themselves, and should not need additional pumping up.

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This is an absolutely georgous Arabian Mare, her name is Kwestura.

Arabian Horses are noted for their intelligence, stamina, and good looks. Their heads are refined, with large eyes, their ears are small and tipped towards each other. They are average height and come in a range of colors, chestnut, bay, and grey, being the most common. It is interesting to note, that grey horses start out life as solid colored animals and turn grey over time, some faster than others.

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This is an Arabian stallion by the name of Vashara Chamal.

Arabian horses are talented in many disciplines, English, Western, and endurance being popular, but they are also raced, and used on trail rides. They are a common breed in endurance races that are days long. Arabians love to jump, but are not competitive against the much taller warmbloods. They are known and respected for their versatility and are often used in breeding programs to improve other breeds. In fact, Arabian blood is common in most modern breeds, including the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse.

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This is a grey Arabian Gelding, The Sorcerer, prior to an English Pleasure show.

As you can tell they are one of my favorite breeds, but sadly they are misunderstood by many non-owners. I hope to break the myth of these horses being crazy and wild. One of my horses was Niska, she was 98% Arabian, and was used by a Handicapped riding group where she was trusted to carry flailing, disabled people, often with two sidewalkers to help should the rider begin to slip. Being able to be calm in such a volatile situation is something that most people would not expect of an Arabian. So I encourage you to look at this wonderful breed with an open mind.

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  1. Anne Lyken-Garner

    On September 14, 2008 at 8:36 am

    A fine article, with some very good pictures too. These horses are indeed magnificent!

  2. PR Mace

    On September 16, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Good article with good information. Your pictures are a nice addition.

  3. Claire

    On February 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Arabian horses always get the bad wrap, but they are very kind, smart, and flashy. They know how to turn on a show! Everyone has that stereotype that they are all crazy, but all horses can be….so why say this? They are gorgeous, and are great to ride. I would know, I own 3. :)

  4. samuel

    On March 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Yes I agree I feel like you did a great job of defending them. My parents own an arab and he’s not crazy he’s just love life and loves to have fun…

  5. Raoule

    On July 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Arabian horses are a lot like me, strangely! I have a reputation for being crazy when I’m not, I love life and I am fairly smart! Thankyou for standing up for these magnificent horses!!!

  6. Gabriele

    On November 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I wanted to buy an Arabian horse. Many “horse” people are trying to discourage me and I have trouble finding a place to board an Arabian. this is so sad.
    It is my understanding that you can mess up any animal!! if you ignore them and are trying to “make” them do your bidding rather then using its instinct to get them to do what you want.
    Kind of like the pit bull dog.

  7. Brenda Nelson

    On November 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

    to Gabriele
    it is so sad that people are ignornat and think of Arabs as all nut cases, this is not the case.

    One Arab I had was so sweet that as a 4 yr old she was being used in handicapped riding lessons by people who yelled and jumped around – Niska was never a problem nor did she ever freak out!

    if you love them – find a stable that boards them, or an arab stable and prove everyone wrong

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