Species group: Crossbred horses
Other common names: Arab / Quarter Horse
A Quarab is a cross between an American Quarter Horse and an Arabian horse. Crosses of 1/8 to 7/8 percentage in favor of either breed type is allowed. This cross is an attempt to integrate the best traits of both breeds.
The Painted Quarab Index was added in 1991 to include the colorful tobiano and overo patterns of the American Paint Horse. Only horses with Quarter Horse, Arabian, and Paint blood are accepted and both parents of eligible horses must be registered with the respective registry for that breed.
The Quarab excels at many events, including: roping, reining, dressage, trail riding, jumping, driving and endurance riding.
Appearance / health:
The Quarab's body type may resemble more the stock-horse type with muscular forearm and gaskin and well-rounded hip, or the Arabian type with long, well-arched neck, long barrel, and level croup. The head usually shows refinement, large eyes, wide forehead, and slight to extreme dish in the face, depending on the ratio of Arabian to Quarter Horse blood.
barrel racing, nice western pleasure, versatile, intelligent, trails, energetic personality
bit smaller headmuzzle, amazingly steadysmooth gate, ideal camping horse, endurance level
"I took this horse on from a previous owner as a companion horse for my thoroughbred, also I wanted a horse that I would not be afraid to put a novice on for trail riding and such. She was so sweet and really blossomed with extra attention, got on very well with all other horses, other animals as well. She had a very passive and trusting disposition, and was quite fearless in leading a trail ride. Very smooth of gait and eager to please. Her appearance was more akin to a quarter horse, but she had the dainty features of an Arab and certainly showed spirit on the trails, having no problems leading the way. If you are looking for a horse that will never give you a lick of trouble, this is a good cross to look at. They are a good size, being small enough for a child, but not so small that they will grow out of them too quickly (Penny was about 14.2hh which is a fairly common-ish size for this mix). Since I don't really know her background and training, I can only surmise that she was likely ridden for western pleasure purposes, and not for any competition. I rode her english and predominantly cross-country hack, and she was wonderfully fearless in the face of strange wildlife, other horses, dogs, noisy children etc. It was very easy to introduce her to new experiences, like crossing water and even swimming! She was nimble on the trails, and had great endurance, not quick to tire. Would make an excellent farm horse also, as her ability to rein seemed quite inherent. ."
From ayoung Jan 29 2015 2:51PM
"A few years ago I was spending a lot of time at my friend's horse stable. I helped teach the beginning riding lessons, took clients on trail rides and did whatever needed to be done around the stables. She had all types of horse breeds in her stables. That was the most exposure I got to a variety of breeds at one time.<br><br>I was constantly looking through ads for horses for sale. I found Jax, a half Arabian and half Quarter horse being give away because the owner could no longer take care of him. I was a little skeptical, but brought a horse trailer out to the property to check him out. He was a magnificent gelding. Pure white with the stature of a quarter horse, but the grace and attitude of an Arabian. I just couldn't believe the luck of finding an animal such as him being given away. However, when I met the owner, I understood why he was being give away. The man was having a hard time getting around and needed to carry an oxygen tank. He was pleased to find a new home with someone who wanted to actually work with his horse.<br><br>I brought him back to the stables and my friend and I decided to share him. This way I didn't have to pay for any of his stable or vet fees. I found the horse and helped around the stable. So for me, the costs of this pet were only helping out at the stable. We decided that we would train him and sell him down the road. Jax, as I mentioned, was a true beauty. But he had never been trained in any capacity. He was left to run freely in the fields at his previous owner's. The most 'training' he had up until the day I picked him up was his owner would shake a bucket of feed and he would run to the fence to eat. He never had any ground work, never had a saddle on, I am not sure he was ever even lead around by a rope. When I went to load him in the trailer it became apparent he had never been in a trailer, and it took a couple hours to get him to load. He was so very stressed.<br><br>I brought him to his new home and we gave him a private stall to help him acclimate. He was friendly and inquisitive and as long as I wasn't asking him to do anything, he was playful and calm. One day while I was in his stall and rubbing him down, a kid at the stable shook a bucket of food behind my head. Jax started lunging for the bucket and ended up biting me right above my eye. I don't blame the horse, as he had never been taught any better, but it shook me up a bit, too. Regardless, I continued working with him and after a few months, I was able to ride him.<br><br>I am not a professional horse trainer, but I really enjoy being around horses. I respect that them and don't fear them. As such, I am able to be around horses that are a little temperamental. Jax wasn't so much temperamental, but he was 8 years old when I got him and had never been worked. Therefore, he was used to just doing what he wanted and not worrying about good manners or what people wanted him to do.<br><br>Jax learned quickly and was a strong, sturdy horse, which I feel came from his quarter horse background. He also had some attitude and feistiness at times, which I feel came from his Arabian background. Once he started understanding what he needed to do, he learned quickly, almost as if making up for lost time.<br><br>He became one of the favorites of the little girls at the stable because he was so beautiful. We worked with him for a couple years, then found a buyer for him with a young girl. By this time he had been worked with enough to be suitable for a strong rider, and this young girl had been riding for many years and was quite the experienced rider.<br><br>I would not have recommended an inexperienced rider, especially a young one, for Jax even though he was a good boy. But, if he got spooked and the rider wasn't experienced it could be difficult to control him.<br><br>My experience with Jax was well worth the time and effort. I got to work with a great horse and watch him progress as he learned his basic manners and eventually into a great riding horse. However, I feel I was in the right place at the right time to acquire him at a zero cost, and I happened to be working with a friend with a stable. So, it didn't cost me anything each month for his room and board.<br><br>Horses are a tremendous amount of work and expense if you aren't passionate about them. Probably not the best pet for someone wanting a casual pet. Horse are social, so they need to have interaction with humans and/or other horses.<br><br>For a girl who loves horses (and what girl doesn't?) I really valued this experience. If I wasn't sharing the horse with my friend it probably wouldn't' have been the smartest move for me at the time. But as I said, it was the right place and the right time. My stars aligned...."
From mamasan Sep 15 2013 11:33PM
"I always wanted a horse as a little girl and as I was a very lucky little girl, my Dad bought one for me when I was ten and started teaching me to ride. I had received lessons previously but I was not a strong rider. I was a beginner at best.<br><br>I was so happy to finally have a horse to ride and take care of, but there was a problem. Chloe, while beautiful and intelligent, was somewhat highly strung and bigger than the ponies I had ridden previously. As I was not a strong rider, I was not confident enough to overcome her will and I quickly became a nervous rider. My father, though he had the best intentions, expected me to progress faster than I did and before long we were arguing about my reluctance to take control and push Chloe into doing what was expected of her.<br><br>After three years of casual riding and some pony club I eventually admitted to my mother that I was scared of Chloe and not enjoying riding as much as I had expected to. We ended up selling Chloe and my Dad purchased different horses for himself to work with as he enjoyed training them.<br><br>I am grateful that I was able to have this experience but if I have any regrets it is that I did not choose a more suitable horse in the first place. I should have been learning on a pony, or an ex trail horse or some other incredibly docile animal. I did not continue riding after we sold Chloe and sometimes I wonder if things could have turned out differently if we had been more careful about selecting the horse that was right for our family. <br><br>My father's horse ended up being the right choice for him (part Clydesdale and more solid) and he owned him happily for many years before buying a similar horse to train all over again. Jasper was not as highly strung as Chloe and if I had learned on a horse more like him (much more of the quarter horse temperament) then maybe I would have been confident enough to continue.."
From SarahElizabeth Oct 1 2014 11:28PM