03-01-2013, 01:09 AM
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My second horse was a 'Pride' horse (and I'm in Canada!) and she was pretty high strung, but under saddle she knew her job and was completely controllable. She was very forward but stopped on a dime. She couldn't stand still for a minute when tied anywhere, but under saddle she was a perfect horse. Unfortunately she colicked at age 18. The walker I have now has some 'Pride' in her and is quite spooky. I see your guy also has some Merry Go Boy in him on his sire's side. MGB also had a reputation for being a bit more intense than say Midnight Sun did. I think horses are like people. Just because your grandfather was this, that or the other, doesn't mean you will be. I think people who don't know horses, or only know them a little bit, will throw around comments like 'all pride horses are hot-headed'. It's like an old wives tale that just keeps building steam as it goes. It depends on so many factors and it's not fair to individual horses to label them based on one or two distant relatives. If your boy is calm, that's great. Don't listen to the doomsayers. Listen to your boy.