Joined: 21-March 03
Member No.: 192
I had recommended to some friends in Europe to visit the Aachen show. The report I got back is frightening.
Some of The remarks were: Horses were beautiful but we are afraid to own one of these Arabians, they are so eratic, so crazy and only special people can handle them. We are afraid that our children could not handle them, nor we.
People were screaming so loud, it scared us, it was almost uncivilized.
We have 2 Qhorses and wanted an Arabian, but will refrain.
I have been hearing these comments more than once also here in the USA and have to agree, that someone who does not know the arabians, can get bad ideas and refer such on.
I also feel, a show should not just be for the owners, but for the general public which will draw their conclusions by our behavior and that of the horses. It will drive people away.
Therefore, I am asking all your opinions as to what we can try to change to put a better imagine of what an Arabian truly is like .
Joined: 5-May 03
From: Pennsylvania, USA
Member No.: 394
Oh PLEASE say no more. Anyone who wants to change the Arabian horse into some peanut pushing, nose to the ground, training gimmic, who can't go faster than a snail's pace in the showring.... has no business in the Arabian horse business anyway...
Dear Guest, I suppose you are a QH breeder of sorts..first they are called Arabian Horses. Let's look at your horses too while we're at it.
Did anyone ever see a Quarter Horse Halter show... let me say it's about as exhilarating as watching paint dry and you can hear a pin drop...gosh forbid anyone should sneeze they'd get thown out of the arena because they 'startled' the poor horse and made his tail swish. All the horses are half doped up, to hide their lameness, completely destroyed because they have hooves smaller than a teacup, with about 1200 pounds of steriod induced flesh resting upon them. Quarter Horse halter horses are RARELY considered riding horses, they simply cannot stay sound and half of them go sterile at an early age from all the steriods they put them on....please.....by the age of 7 those horses are so washed up, many of them are falling over from a heart attack by that age...don't get me started as to suggest we should follow this path or they set some great example in halter...NAH I'd rather see the baby oil on the muzzle that can be washed off than to think of the drugs these horses are on and how cruel that is to do to any animal. It was the QH people that brought drug testing into the AHSA.
SImply if someone cannot appreciate the Arabian horse in all it's glory for what it is, then what's the point? It makes about as much sense as me trying to show a QH at the Egyptian Event.
Dear Hansi, I don't attempt to lure anyone into Arabian horses, in fact, I don't really think that we need to convince anyone on them either. Let the Arabian be who he is, and he will attract his own admirers. Those who don't understand him or appreciate him and try to make him into a QH or a Warmblood, are the same people who will do him more disservice in the long run.