Arabian horses are one of the most iconic horse breeds in the world, but with their fame, they also have had lots of misinformation spread about them through the years. Without further delay, let’s clear up some misconceptions about Arabians.
1) Arabians are crazy and hot:
Arabians have a lot of energy, but that only becomes bad if they aren’t properly fed and worked, just like any other breed of horse. When properly cared for, Arabs have an ideal temperament.
2) Horses that belong to this breed are unintelligent:
While many people that do not ride Arabians question the intelligence of this breed, Arabs are known for being some of the quickest thinkers in the horse world. In fact, many times, an Arabian is already 10 steps ahead of a beginning rider, leading to temporary “beginners frustration.”
3) Arabians are too dangerous for children to ride:
This is one of the most outlandish misconceptions, as any horse who isn’t properly trained could be considered “too dangerous” for a child to ride. My first horse was an Arab, to this day I still ride them and Quarter Horses, and I never once felt uncomfortable or unsafe.
4) This breed is too stubborn to control:
Arabs have a mind of their own, but they are very responsive to their riders when given proper cues. If a person who is new to Arabians decides to try riding one and find themselves having a difficult time, that just means that more time needs to be spent getting acquainted with this breed.
5) Arabian horses can only compete in “dainty” disciplines:
While this may come as a shock to some, Arabians have successful careers in reining and cow horse competitions. Some Arabs even find themselves being used as ranch horses.
The truth about Arabians? These horses put their all into everything they do. Those who have had the pleasure of working with Arabians know this by heart.