By Amy Kathleen Miller
One of my favorite paintings from my work in past years is of an Arabian horse looking serenely over a fence off into the distance. The Arabian horse is a breed with a reputation for intelligence, spirit, and stamina. In my first experience with the breed, I borrowed a horse from my sister. I wanted my oldest son, Curtis, who was nine years old at the time, to learn the joy of riding horses. JC was a beautiful gray Arabian and an excellent children’s horse.
Some people believe that it is more difficult to train a “hot-blooded” horse such as the Arabian. However, most Arabians have a natural tendency to cooperate with humans, but when treated badly, like any horse, they can become excessively nervous or anxious, though seldom become vicious unless seriously spoiled or subjected to extreme abuse. With proper handling, Arabians are suitable riding horses for riders at all levels.
We had a great experience with JC. Curtis learned lots of things from her. He learned to show a horse at the halter and under western tack. We also learned what it was like preparing a horse for a show, even after cleaning the horse the night before the show and arriving the next day only to find the beautiful gray horse had a lovely big green manure spot on her side.
Arabians are a wonderfully beautiful breed of a horse. I am proud to have worked with JC in the past, and I own one to this day.
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