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Arabian behavior

With a distinctively shaped head and high-carried tail, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world For centuries, Arabian horses lived in the desert in close association with humans. Prized war mares were sometimes kept in the family tent, along with small children. Because only horses with a naturally good disposition were allowed to breed on, Arabians today are one of the few breeds where the United States Equestrian Federation allows children to exhibit stallions in show ring classes limited to riders under 18.

Most Arabians are intelligent, alert animals, attuned to their surroundings. They are sensitive, quick to learn and, when handled without abuse, willing to please humans. This is both a strength and weakness of the breed, requiring human handlers who understand the needs of the animal and do not resort to brutality or mindless repetition in training.

On the other hand, the Arabian is also classified as a "hot-blooded" breed, a category that includes refined, sprited horses bred for speed, such as the Thoroughbred. Some people consider Arabians difficult to manage, but in many cases, poor behavior is the result of improper handling on the part of humans. When treated badly, Arabians can become excessively nervous or anxious, though seldom become vicious unless seriously spoiled or subjected to extreme abuse. Unfortunately, some fads and show ring practices that emphasize the flash and spirit of the Arabian horse over its disposition and soundness have increased the reputation of the Arabian as a high-strung animal, and thus given the breed a poor public image

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