So LONG time horse owner. Mostly large ponies, and a LOT of arabs. They were all easy keepers cept or the occasional thorobred cross, they were generally not easy keepers. Currently I have a 20 yr old babysitter morab, barefoot fat on just roundbale hay. Had her for 12 years and now my rank 8 yr old son rides her. 12 yr old pinto arab cross. LOOKS full arab, but acts like a qh, dead steady on trail, no spook, with get up and go when I ask. VERRY happy with this girl as I feel I got the best of both worlds/breeds with her. Just the roundbale is FINE for her BUT she requires shoes on front for her delicate tootsies. She is defiitly ouchy without shoes. Last year bought a reg 7yr old paint mare for dd13 as she had outgrown morab in size and ability. Mare is a great match for kid, just enough of a challenge for her. Mare is 15.3 and not incredibly stocky. She is SUPER athletic,fantastic mover, daisy cutter, very straight in her gaits, no paddling etc. Kid and mare have been jumping 2'6" with EASE. Mare is not thrilled with trails but is getting better. A great 4h mount for my kid. BUT... roundbale only is NOT enough for her. It as during winter with very light riding but now, with heat and 6-8 hrs of riding a week she requires grain AND.... she too is ouchy without shoes. So THIS mare is NOT an easy keeper. Now don't get me wrong not having buyers remorse...but thought these qh types were supposed to be easy keepers. Seems to me the arabs are easier upkeep and that has always been my experience. Guess this mare being a paint takes after the thourobred side more. Or maybe its all that athletic ability that requires more food. More fast twitch muscle = more food? Just a slight rant.