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post #1 of 27 Old 11-29-2010, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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The Calmest horse breeds?

Okay so I've heard many things about different breeds like paints are spooky(Get spooked easily) that Arabians are crazy. ponies are mean and thoroughbreds are never calm. So what is the calmest horse breed? Like I need a horse that will be calm but not lazy ya know? A good hunter horse breed(:
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post #2 of 27 Old 11-29-2010, 08:21 PM
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Okay so I've heard many things about different breeds like paints are spooky(Get spooked easily) that Arabians are crazy. ponies are mean and thoroughbreds are never calm. So what is the calmest horse breed? Like I need a horse that will be calm but not lazy ya know? A good hunter horse breed(:
I've known many very quite TB, in fact, I own one. They do tend to be a sensitive breed though. I also know great, quiet ponies and, while suggest an arabian for show hunters, I've known plenty of quiet ones.

I think I would suggest a warmblood. I've known many that were very calm and quiet to ride, though like all breeds this is not true of all of them. For lower level hunters a QH or appendix will work just fine. And before I get yelled at for that comment, I'm saying generally a warmblood will do better than a QH/appendix in the hunter ring.


Any horse can be lazy a nice thing about warmbloods is that for many of them, even if they are lazy, their stride length makes up for it.
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post #3 of 27 Old 11-29-2010, 08:26 PM
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ok, just gotta say it, there is no way you can say all paints are spooky, I ride a paint that is awesome to ride anywhere and he almost never spooks, when he does, he does the plant all four feet and snort.... I have also owned some wonderful level headed and calm appalossas... point is you will find gems and duds in most any breed.... just my two cents.....

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I was getting ready to say the same thing. My Dancer, a paint, is not a horse that I would consider real spooky. If he sees something that he doesn't like, the most he does is stop, turn around, and attempt to walk the other way.
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-29-2010, 08:47 PM
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Good quiet horses depend on good quiet trainers.
I've got Arabians here that would put a 24 year old QH that's been used as a kids horse to shame. I've also seen some pretty orny ones that haven't had good training.

You want a good horse, get one from someone with a reputation you can trust.

One that note, although it depends on the individual horse, I have to give Morgan's a nod for being some the easiest horses to train and work with. Arabian's next. ;)

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Good quiet horses depend on good quiet trainers.
I've got Arabians here that would put a 24 year old QH that's been used as a kids horse to shame. I've also seen some pretty orny ones that haven't had good training.

You want a good horse, get one from someone with a reputation you can trust.

One that note, although it depends on the individual horse, I have to give Morgan's a nod for being some the easiest horses to train and work with. Arabian's next. ;)
I agree with the training part, but some horses naturally have more go to them. My trainer's 3 year old warmblood came after being undersaddle for a week and had gelded two weeks prior was one of the calmest horses I'm ever sat on.
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The calmest horse I've ever ridden was a TWH-looking old gelding. You could probably have lit a firecracker under his butt and he'd woulda just looked at you.
Second to that, my Arab mare is the calmest horse I've ridden. Sure, she has her moments but "moments" to her are tucking her butt really fast. She's more of a looker than a spooker. She's really great. However, I think it has to do a lot with how calm I feel (and how much trust she has in me) when I'm riding her since over the summer when another girl (who's only been riding for maybe 6 months) tried to ride her on the trail and Lacey became a spooky mess.

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I own a Paint and she's not spooky at all...very very calm sweet and laid back! :) It's going to depend on the individual horse more than breed alone!
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I have owned paints all my life and none of them were spooky. I think it does depend on the individual horse and the environment they were possibly raised in. If they were raised with other spooky horses, I think they are more likely to be spooky because the other horses were always on alert and therefore the other horse picked up on it. The place I bought my mare had other spooky horses so I'm pretty sure that is where she learned it. Because now that she is home with my gelding, she isn't as spooky as she was before. I think some of them pick up on other horses feelings/moods etc. The gelding I own now is a 13 yr old Paint and I think you could probably light a firecracker under his butt and he would stand there.
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You get calm & nutty horses in every breed. The thing with TBs & Arabs is that they tend to have more energy & are more sensitive, which can make them difficult for some people to handle.
I cerrtainly would not say that spookyness is a Paint characteristic either.
Anywho... my personal fav is the Norwegian Fjord. i've never met a bad one & anyone i've spoken with that has one/breeds them or has trained one says they are incredibly laid back, but ( as i know personally lol) they can be alot of fun too because they have such a great personality.

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