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    Re: [RC] The Arabian Breed - Christine McLaughlin

    This is really making me grin!! From where I'm standing, I get these lovely "looks" down long noses because I DO have a small Arab mare (almost hits 14.1). Other Arab people (I admit...they mostly show Arabs) think my little lady is a nothing because she is small...so, it never dawned on me that anyone pointed a finger at BIG arabs! BTW...when they DO act like I'm a peon...I break out my HUGE Foundation Quarter Horse to stop them into the ground! He's only 15.1...but almost 1400 pounds....not fat, but muscular foundation! His name is "Hoss" (as in Cartwright.....anyone here old enough to remember them?)

    Anyway, thanks for reminding me that some people do like little Arabs!

     Bette Lamore wrote:

    Hi Tom
    No one has ever said that carte blanch, bigger is better (or at least I
    didn't), and neither is smaller always better, per se----- all depends
    on the conformation, athletic ability, genes, (and beauty is a nice
    bonus!) All things equal, bigger is an alternative for those people who
    enjoy riding a taller horse and some who feel foolish or uncomfortable,
    because of their weight and height or just appearance, riding a 14.2
    Arabian. Size is an advantage if one is showing in OPEN dressage, or
    hunter/jumper, etc. Likewise, it is a disadvantage if one is doing
    barrel racing, or some events in gymkhana. I will add endurance to that
    list only if statistics prove that the taller horses with good
    conformation and athletic ability who are trained/worked decently break
    down sooner than short horses with the same qualifications. Perhaps the
    taller guy is not destined for endurance but must console hims elf with
    competitive trail, pleasure trail, flat racing... whatever. I for one
    will wait for the scientific studies to come out. Remember, for many
    years "common sense" told folks the world was flat.
    Not everyone in endurance wants to ride a small horse, and given that
    there are quality tall ones around (yes, you have to look for them---
    just as you have to look for ANY quality horse), there is no reason that
    they should feel compelled to ride on a shorter Arabian just because
    some folks are line-breeding the smaller horses or happy with the
    smaller horses and for some strange reason do NOT want ANYONE to breed
    for taller horses with good conformation. Doesn't sound like America to
    me ;-)
    Why do I keep getting sucked into these size debates? I believe in my
    quality tall horses and hate to see someone who wants a taller horse
    decide not to search for one because of peer pressure. Go for what you
    want!!!! Small, large, black, white, or "camels!" I would encourage all
    to se nd for videos from different breeders and judge the quality of the
    horse on his merits yourself! There is a place for quality horses--- no
    matter what the size-- and I mean smaller, too.
    Bette, who will continue to breed ALL sizes, including BIG, for those
    "neurotic" individuals who want a big horse (TIC!) Can we just say
    "Vivre La Difference!" (you Frenchmen have to excuse any spelling faux
    pas --- many moons since 2 semesters of French) and move on..... We seem
    to be beating a TALL dead horse :-)

    goearth wrote:

    > Hello Campers, from my little book, the Observers Book of Horses and
    > Ponies which was printed in the UK and given to me by Felicity Anne
    > Russell (FAR) the granddaughter of Bertrand i read that ..."Of all the
    > horse breeds of the world, the Arab is not only the oldest and the most
    > beautiful, but has had more influence on other breeds than any, which is
    > the surest tribute to its excellance. The breeds outstanding features
    > are: a small horse-the stallions standing 14'2-15 hands, with mares
    > slightly smaller-of extremely graceful carriage and beautifully refined
    > head,with tail carried high and gaily; a horse of arresting and
    > picturesque appearance, indeed, the very picture horse of all the equine
    > race." So since i was for a time a breeder of them and had more
    > problems w/ vaginas than sheaths i would say that the modern day
    > philosophy of "Bigger is Better" does not align itself with the thinking
    > and reasoning of the original intent of those that bred them for 5,000
    > years. tom sites

    Bette Lamore
    Whispering Oaks Arabians
    Home of 16.2h TLA Halynov
    who lives on through his legacy
    Hal's Riverdance!

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