Older, Wiser, and Yes Still Learning
by Jan Austin
Copyright © 1998 The Arabian Network Newsletter
years ago, The Arabian Network Newsletter was born from a desire to
promote Arabian horses for their wonderful temperaments and personalities and to
introduce those unfamiliar with the breed to the affordability of owning an
Arabian. It was felt that this was especially important after the sky high
prices of the 1980s and an over-abundance of misinformation...
Much has happened in the last five years. From a one-page newsletter with a
circulation of about 100 copies to the issue you are reading today, one thing is
for sure: there are a lot of devoted Arabian owners worldwide, from novices to
experts contributing to the promotion of the breed.
Here are just a few tips learned from being fortunate to meet and learn from
Arabian lovers, young and old:
|If you have a problem with your horse, just look in a mirror (quote from
Lou Roper of The Roper Ranch in San Marcos, California). |
|Patience is a virtue that will reward any horse owner with a companion for
|If a seller tells you that the horse you are buying is “guaranteed” to
win, run the other way. |
|Unless you are already a millionaire or have a ton of experience and more
than a little luck, don’t expect to get rich or even break even breeding
|Before you breed, research and talk to some of the people with rescue
organizations who regularly save discarded Arabians from ill conceived
breeding programs... |
|If you find a good trainer, stick with him or her. They are as good as
|If you are selling a horse and want to also find him a good home, expect
to spend more than just one month of advertising to do so. |
|Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions, before you buy, and after you buy.
Most owners are friendly and helpful. |
|If you run into any individual who you tells you that his or her way is
the only way, and/or that they know everything there is to know, thank them
politely, then leave... You probably already know more than they do. |
|If you do not have a passion for horses or are not sure, lease instead of
buying. You’ll save time and money and won’t have to sell your horse later.
This is especially true if looking for a horse for a child. |
|Novices should be sure to take lessons or have a horse-savvy person help.
|Finally, whether you own for show, pleasure, or to breed, your Arabian
will give many years of pleasure as a treasured member of your family.|