This is probably a stupid question, but I have been thinking about it lately. Everyone considers Arabians and Thoroughbreds to be "hot" breeds. But what about gaited horses?
I never considered them "hot" when I didn't know anything about them, but the more I know and interact with them, I now consider them "hot." And that's really not a bad thing, because I rather like hot horses. But I know of 3 Foxtrotters, 1 Walker, and then I bought a Foxtrotter myself last fall, and all of them have pretty hot, excitable temperments. Is that typical?
My new mare for instance, is a 15 yr old Foxtrotter. She is kind as can be, and I love her to death, but the more I get to know her, the more I am starting to think of her as a big Arabian (my first two horses were Arabians). She is kind, gentle, but has a lot of "go" and is easily excited by lots of things, dogs, birds flying out of bushes, cold windy days, etc. She's excitable going home. When she really gets excited she will stop and blow and snort at what alarms her. I figure that will be a good show when I finally start riding with my friends this summer! (Now I am riding alone).
The Foxtrotters and Walker I know are just very unlike my Mustang and Paint. More like Arabians. What do you think? Do I just know weird Foxtrotters and Walkers, or are they typically that way?