good morning everybody
Most interesting conversation and opinions.
I realy believe that anybody, who can not ride, is not in such good position to evaluate a horse, if it will become a good riding horse. Also the Arabian horse DOES NEED a certain angulation in the rearend to be able to move well. the idea, that a table top line attached to a short back is the ideal, is not correct. Just try to get those hind legs under. I think many non-riders look at exagerated paintings/statues and come to a wrong conclusion.
Feeding: I totally disagree with not feeding the foals well. Ours get between 8-10 lbs per day. are not fat at all, but build the bone and muscle system, but are outside all the time too.. It is said, that a 5 minute sprint costs 17,000 calories. therefore, it these are not replenished, the horses lives on nervous energy. I have seen Arabians in excellent "meat" condition" but did not have enough strength to last in a 10 minute gallop. Some will now say, that the desert horse did not have this luxory, lived on dates and camels milk. I like to say, these had a high sugar contents which does dreate energy. It also depends on the area/climate etc.
I also like to remind that in the past to present many Se's are used in "ranching", cutting cattle, riding fences,
and that all day long. It is true that the "leg department" deteriated. Indeed horses with poor legs are made champions, bred from and further such on to their offspring. Until the point system is adjusted, so that a two legged horse simply WILL NOT GET A RIBBON, unless it is the only one in the ring, deteriation will continue. It will take generations to outbreed these
horrible conformation faults.
I adamently contend, that all Arabian horses at halter should be judged by the point system of the Sportshorse halter classes. such scores should be made public in advertising as well. Believe me please, I have seen some absolutely georgous, type SE's
with excellent fundament and very promising to become a top under saddle contender.
I also believe, that if our judges HAVE THE COURAGE to judge honestly- unless of course they are incompetent- and the trainers are vorbidden to show a horse other than in a manner it can be honestly examined and judged, things will get worse.
I see these 20's for trotts, as stated in the AAchen ,
AND IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT that this could be accurate for some horses. I was not there, but think of the Asil club show in comparison with some. I also see some "17s" on legs on at least one, which should have been a "o"..Such horse would never last under stress and would break down. To just trot for a few yards in the showring in the fashion we see now, is absolutely no proof that a two legged horse can succeed under saddle. A reputable breeder would hardly present such horse as a competitor, no matter how beautiful. NO legs, no horse, no tires no car.. Of course horses have leg faults, and some are not detrimental. But when hoofs are too small, tendons so poor, hocks so flimpsy, what does one expect?
The alternative would be, to consider naming the present halter classes "Model Classes" like the Miss America contest, when beauty is the deciding factor.
We have under the AHA rules for "Model Classes"
and for "Breeding classes". Most certainly points for "type" should not be multiplied. I have seen at the Asil Club show extremely- and many- type entries.
this is just my opinion and might not be yours.
Have a ncie day
Serenity Arabian Farms