Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
These "hot bloods" are my favorite riding horses. Several questions have come up. I was told that walking one of these horses for an extended period of time (a yr or more) would make them better. Also, heard they would smooth out with age. And heard they need high protein feed for growth.
I'd really rather call these "hot bloods" big engine horses. I'd classify all 6 of mine as big energy horses. They will all walk when asked, but you don't have to ask them twice to move on.
You don't feed big engine horses high protein feed that just makes them worse, and they overheat too easily. If you want to put weight on them it is high fat feed, and very low protein, no corn period.
They will not smooth out with age alone. The quality of his gait has nothing to do with age. Either they have it or they don't. You can do a lot to smooth it out with trianing, but that can be done at any age.
I don't think it is good to keep any of them stalled for days without daily exercise. Especially young ones. And those that have "hot blood" are even worse when stalled. BUT, the last thing I'd do is turn them out with other horses. They get buddy sour faster then most. Then you have worse problems. I like to put then in a field by themselves. Hopefully, with no other horses in touching distance.
We have some riding friends that have 2 Pretty Boy offspring. They have a terrible time with buddy sour issues. And they are HOT.
Walking the horse for a year is ridiculous. That shows a lack of training ability, or an unwillingness to give the horse the time needed to properly train the horse. If you restrict one of these horses to too much calmness, they rebel and blow up. They need enough training to be able to stop them, then take them to the trails and let'em go as fast as they want, in gait, until they tire. Then ask them to go a bit further at the speed your going. Then bring them back down slower, and slower. As soon as they are cooled off going slower, then do it again, and again. It releases the built up energy they have and they enjoy the work. Rather than being forced to go slower. And never try and collect these horse up, all that will do is make them blow up faster. Let them move free and easy. If you want to bring the nose down a bit after they are doing everything else perfectly, that usually works, but in the beginning give them their head. Let them go as naturally as possible.
I never ever ask these horse to doggie walk, it just plain not something these horses will do, without too many other problems. And get them to respond to speed changes with the seat, rather than the bit. You almost don't need to bit to ride these horses if they are properly trained.
If you don't allow these horses to play, it is not a matter of, if they will blow, but when.
And very important, we must remember horses do not TRUST, it is not in their make up. Horses do not have a sole, and trust is not in their make up. They respond to stimuli, period. But they are also much more a tuned to the stimuli and surrounding around them than any human. They can tell when the humans around them are depressed, angry, etc. before we can. They detect a very slight difference in your voice tones. Every wonder why one day they respond to the word "whoa" and the next day they don't. It's not the horse, it is the human's different way of saying it. Every wonder why one day they will travel just fine, and that night the human rider gets little sore back, and the next day, the horse won't travel correctly at all. It's not the horse, it's the human. The real trick to excellent training, is teaching the horse to respond the same to humans that do it just slightly different.
I am prejudice when it comes to the big engine horses. It seems to me, IMO. They are more perceptive than the "dead heads". Very, very slight differences in cue, voice, etc, are perceived quicker with these horse. Seems to me they are more alert, and watching for very minor changes.