Originally Posted by oliveoats
He isn't hot headed around me, but he managed to convince our barn that he's a little nut. Oh well :) they aren't riding him.
Hmmm, one of Duke's favorite things in this life is to show anyone he doesn't know, the whites of his eyes when they first come in the barn
You wouldn't believe how many men and women have looked at those wild-eyed whites and said "ohhh, that horse makes me very nervous" or "that horse is nuts!".
I just laugh and say "nothing could be further from the truth, that is what he wants you to think, so you won't bug him"
Any adult getting past that wild eyed look, passes "The Test" in Duke's eyes and he will let them pet him - quickly - or he will walk away lolol
I have had many professionals, thru the years, tell me Duke is "one H8ll of a horse" and one even commented if he "had a 100 like Duke, he'd never have to work again".
Most of them also quickly recognize(d) that Duke is a studier of people. I've had folks pick that up in pictures on other forums. He is always watching what people are doing, no matter how far away he is. He can be up on the ridge, if his head is facing the house & barn, I know he's quietly observing while he's grazing.
As I said before, Duke is my strong alpha-dominant leader, so that may be a big part of his "walk silent carry a big stick" personality.
My coming 27 yo Arab is second-in-command and he is also a "walk silent" kinda guy and he's been known to show the whites of his eyes but Arabs are noted for that when they don't or don't like someone.
I'm sure your horse has some of the Allen family way back on his papers. I'd be interested to know which ones.
Roan Allen and Wilson's Allen are common threads but there's a couple other Allen stallions that passed along interesting personality traits.
At least according to the Wonderful Good Ole Boys, in the next county over, that shared some delightful "Days of Old" stories with me. When you're in your 70's and have been around/raising/breeding Walking Horses your entire life, you know some stories