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Older, Wiser, and Yes Still Learning
by Jan Austin

Copyright © 1998 The Arabian Network Newsletter
Five 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:

bulletIf you have a problem with your horse, just look in a mirror (quote from Lou Roper of The Roper Ranch in San Marcos, California).
bulletPatience is a virtue that will reward any horse owner with a companion for life.
bulletIf a seller tells you that the horse you are buying is “guaranteed” to win, run the other way.
bulletUnless 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 horses.
bulletBefore you breed, research and talk to some of the people with rescue organizations who regularly save discarded Arabians from ill conceived breeding programs...
bulletIf you find a good trainer, stick with him or her. They are as good as gold.
bulletIf 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.
bulletDon’t ever be afraid to ask questions, before you buy, and after you buy. Most owners are friendly and helpful.
bulletIf 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.
bulletIf 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.
bulletNovices should be sure to take lessons or have a horse-savvy person help.
bulletFinally, whether you own for show, pleasure, or to breed, your Arabian will give many years of pleasure as a treasured member of your family.

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