QUOTE (Dieter @ Mar 25 2012, 02:07 PM)
I understand the quote in context to be a generalization. A point of information to share:
When pleasure riding turns into survival every rider would wish they were on an Arabian horse built for war and utility. Trail riding for pleasure 25 to 30 miles from camp to camp for days or weeks at a time . . . can bring certain dangers while riding through the National and State Forests. Long distance trail riders know they need to be seated on a horse able to outrun a pack of wild dogs, a pack of coyote, a mountain lion or a bear on trails that can be blocked by downed trees that the horse must jump, or steep inclines that need to be scaled and then run flat out through the forest, brush, water, uneven terrain and dart between obstacles that are sometimes hidden until the predator is outrun or loses interest. The horse has to be able to make decisions instantly in this environment, not lose its head, must have confidence in its own athletic ability as well as its rider (who would do well to let the horse work) and it's body must be up to the task in order to survive. Even pleasure horses, sport horses and show horses need to be built with "utility" in mind whether they have a daily job or not - lest it be disclosed to potential buyers the horse would probably not do well under such stress where their survival might depend on them not going insane, blowing tendons, pulling ligaments or any other such difficulty often caused by structural deficits and misguided inbreeding.
Of the 90% of Arabian horse owners in North America who never set foot in a show ring, there are thousands of long distance trail riders that relish the opportunity to spend a month or two out of every year with their horses for pleasure out riding from camp to camp. One might be surprised to find those horses dragging logs out of the woods for firewood when they aren't out trail riding, or being ridden to check fence lines carrying a pack of tools for fence repair or what have you. The well-built Arabian is perfectly suited for this because of their interest in everything that surrounds them, their keen intelligence and their stamina. That's one of the reasons Arabian blood was infused into Calvary horses so many years ago. Even today, mounted police need horses that can be in crowds, spend the day with a rider and still be ready to chase down a criminal in an urban environment. Some of the "projects" are policed on horseback because a horse can go almost wherever a human can go and they are a great restraint tool as well. Nothing would be more entertaining than to see a thief scaling a fence with a horse's teeth holding onto it's pants
It's important to note too, that though Hansi may own horses, it is unreasonable to expect her to be out personally riding or otherwise proving her horses under saddle. Certainly her horses can be found around the world working at their jobs. One should be able to easily understand and not question the fact that Hansi has spent a lifetime breeding horses with utility and performance in mind.
For what its worth.
It is always and ever one of the same clique who will throw a dagger "like are your horses ulitarians Hansi" or something like it, meaning to day, here, by me..This disrespect is purposely meant and given, and that by so called
Arabian horse breeders and lover of Arabian Horses.
Many SERENITY HORSES have become "utilitarians" doing farm work all day long in Uruguay,Paraguay,Brazil, Panama,Argentina , etc and most lived a long life too, working to their last days and many excelling in endurance performance. Had some of our people studied a bit more what other countries are doing, none would ever make such insulting remark.
But so do the Zichy Thyssen Arabians. Even Van Fleet on Zarif -he worked all day riding fences,herding cattle etc and at night (some) played Polo never changing horses. And there are dozens of others, here and abroad which earn their living.
I can not tell anybody what to breed, its up to them, and when an inferior one is born it better was for own keeping, because such horses dont sell readily.
Just my opinion