Originally Posted by Jr_lover
i really don't believe in temperment with breeding. I believe that's just how the horses are or depending on how they are raised.
Sorry, have to disagree with you there. Although how a horse is raised has a lot to do with how they act/react to people and their environment a horses breed DOES make a difference.
QH are known for their calmness. Some think their "deadheads" or have no personality. That's not true either (no personality) but they ARE a calmer breed in general
Belgians and many other Drafts are very calm.
Arabians on the other hand are not as calm. They are known as a "hot" breed. IMO this is because they are so intellegent, and many people don't know how to handle that, but they are "different" (not bad, just different)
TB's are the same way.
Think about the gaited horses. It is not the way they are raised, it is in them genetically to be gaited. Why should be gaited be genetics and not "temperment"?
Personally, I breed for temperment, and I have found in the horses I breed, they are intellegent, yet very willing and sweet. It is BRED into them. How? By finding that type of Stallion (I own one, possibly two, he's a stallion prospect) and the right type of mare.
Now, could you make one of my babies mean? Sure, if abused they could turn rank, but they didn't start out that way. Some horses are BORN rank. It comes from a combo of a poor mare and stallion and poor upbringing/training.
I have also cross bred gaited to ungaited. Sometimes they end up gaited, sometimes not. But the potential between this cross is very exciting. I would LOVE to see a Buckskin with feathers who is gaited! How awesome would that be!!!??