<sigh sigh sigh>
<---to those ahem very intelligent women who told you the Pride line is nothing but hotheads.
See that Fella in my avatar? He was sired by Pride's Genious. That means his grandsire is Pride of Midnight on the top side.
While he is a big-motored horse and full of go-go-go, there is nothing hot-headed about him. I bought him as a coming three year old. He was 16 in the avatar pic, he turned 25 last October.
Here is his 25th B-day pic http://www.horseforum.com/horse-talk/happy-bday-my-25-yr-old-139663/
He is the strong alpha-dominant in my herd of four, so he does have some attitude with them.
1. He has never in his life offered to bite, buck, kick anyone or anything, or rear.
2. He has calmly maintained his gait down the state highway when some jerk let the Jake Break off right beside us.
3. He has calmly stood his ground with the male llama that confronted him on an organised ride that went thru that llama's pasture. I dropped the reins, said "get him Duke" and Duke went face-to-face, winning that stare-down while calmly standing stock still.
4. I have taken him up to big construction equipment and he's never flicked an ear.
5. His favorite thing is to get all costumed up and go in a parade. Ever-the-gentlemen and knows all that hand clapping is for him alone.
6. His little 14.3H self has willingly butt slid down rock hills and climbed over rocks horses bigger than himself had trouble with.
7. I bath him under the overhang without a halter and when I'm done, I say "you're done Duke, get in your stall and he goes.
8. Lastly, except for the times we rode in a parade? Everthing I mentioned above was done without the benefit of a saddle. I have ridden him bareback our entire lives.
I would hardly call that kind of horse a hot head but to reiterate, until Duke got sick with metabolic issues he was a full-of-go-go-go horse. I never made him "slow down"; if I gave him his head, he slowed himself down to where I could drop the reins in about ten minutes.
What those female morons said to you really really tisses me off, in case you can't tell. I suppose if I had tried to rein Duke's energy in, I might have ended up with a hot head/crazy horse.
But I was the same as Duke in my youth, so I understood that pent up energy just needed 10 - 15 mintues to blow off, then he'd settle in to being the best horse on the trail. In all our years of going on organized rides Duke always started and finished in the top ten horses; that was his choice and his energy level. He could come slidin' in sideways at six in the morning and say "that was fun, what's next!".