I get asked all the time at shows if Speedy is an Arabian. When I first started getting that question, it baffled me. I mean look at him ... doesn't he look like an Arab to you?
Way back in the beginning, when I moved from endurance to dressage, no one ever asked if Speedy was an Arabian. It was pretty obvious.
There are a lot of different Arabian types. There are the super "dishy" Arabs with over-exaggerated features which stand in sharp contrast to the coarser Arabs who don't have the finer features of the classically bred Arabians. And then there are horses like Speedy. He's my favorite type, and I've had three others just like him. He is stamped with the elegance of the Arabian horse's finer features, but he has the solid bone structure that allows him to be a working horse.
Now when people ask me if Speedy is an Arabian, I know why. He doesn't look like the Arabs they're used to seeing - the prancing gazelles of the horse world. He also doesn't act like the Arabs they're used to seeing - flared nostrils, eyes wide, tails flipped over the back ...
At home though, Speedy can let his freak flag fly. In his own turnout space, he loves to show off and remind me that he is all Arab ... flared nostrils, eyes wide, and tail flipped over his back.
All Arabian ... I knew you'd have to see it to believe it.