1. What are the characteristics of the Arabian Horse?
The Arabian breed has been long misunderstood, and is often mistaken as temperamental and challenging. In truth, Arabians are one of the most intelligent, docile animals. Because they are so smart, they often rebel when in difficult or abusive situations. But it's the situations that cause the animal to become temperamental, not the nature of the horse itself. In fact, Arabians are very useful in therapeutic recovery for people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
2. What is the history of the Arabian breed?
With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years. For more on the Arabian horse, click here to visit Wikipedia.
3. Are Arabians expensive and exotic?
Some Arabian horses that possess exotic features can fetch prices close to and above millions of dollars. Others are more affordable, available to those willing to provide a stable and loving home. There has never been a better time to become the owner of an Arabian, as the current economic environment has created an opportunity for those who previously could not afford an Arabian horse to purchase one for a reasonable price. Arabians -- like any large animal -- do require a certain level of financial commitment for upkeep. On average, the cost is about $1,000/month to own, care for and maintain an Arabian horse.
4. Once I own an Arabian horse, can I show in competition?
Yes, and in fact at Hennessey Arabians, we offer Incentives and Awards to encourage our clients to show, with a prize of up to $5,000 for the most points. There are regional and national competitions depending on whether you are interested in showing your horse as a competitor. For more information, click here.
5. Where is the best place to buy a horse?
Buying from a breeder is always good, because that individual will know the history and pedigree of a horse. However, the best place to buy a horse is when you meet one with whom you have a deep connection. It's easy to fall in love with an Arabian, you just look into their eyes. If you find yourself purchasing an Arabian that is missing its pedigree, you can always consult the Arabian Horse Association registry, which does a good job of tracking every Arabian horse that has been registered in the United States. We here at Hennessey Arabians of course are partial to our horses, they get special treatment and are raised with love and care every step of the way.
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