Since I first met the arabian horse it was the SE horses that brought my attention. I fell in love with them and the colourful vibrations that surrounds them. Today I am the proud owner, and friend, of a SE stallion. The rich history and the cultures in wich these horses have been shaped is of course something that brings even more of my fascination for it. So for me, being so astunned over the authentic beauty within these horses, it is very foreign that so many arabian horse people still have so much prejudices about them. At least where I live.
So the reason for this topic then; well the reason is that I have tried to get deeper in the substance of such prejudices. I want to look at them as nothing more than ignorance and lack of horse sence. The more the intelligent or sensitive a horse, the more of a problem the horse will have to deal with, (in humans forms). One very common prejudice I came over is that some SE horses are "bad tempered". First of all one can disscus the definition of the concept "temper", is there really any bad tempered horses or is there only bad adaption of the forms in wich we want the horses to participate in. The problem might be a "bad human temper" , incapable of adapting or problemsolve, in other words, why is the responsibility so often put on the horse, and not the human that certainly made up the situation in the first place. Some people want to have a bicycle with hair on it, a creature without spirit that, like a machine, obey to different settings. I prefer the communicative horse, the one who tells me everything he feels, in this way I have realized I am honourably invited into the world of his, a world full of wonder. They say only humans have reason, well doesnt that gives us a great resbonsibility?
So far my statements have maybe been touching the subject that SE horses actually have a different temper, and I dont say that they have, but at the same time maybe a misconception of this is what attracts me to them? The greater sensitivity or intelligence?
Other prejudices I heard about SE horses, is that they are heavy inbred to Nazeer, wich, in combination of no preformance tests in Egypt and USA have made some SE lines bad tempered. Then again I refere to the above mentioned about temper, and I like to add, what is it really that a preformance test proove if one takes it to the core of things. It seems like it all depends on what you want to use your horse for, observe the word use.
And also, we have the gaits. Have you ever heard the story about straight egyptians being inable to move? then you have to look at the meaning of gaits. And to do so I think you have to look at what the movement is for. And also one have to own the capacity of actually understand sustainable movement, not only a shallow experienced balance trot. What happens with the body of the horse in such a trot when the horse carries a rider? and in long term?
Well dear breeders out there. What is your experience of where this prejudices comes from and why is they out there still, in the world of arabian horses? What is your thoughts and experiences of the bakground for this kind of prejudices?