I've ridden five. One had issues with riding. One was mischievous - He would play with anything he could get his mouth on and kick his stall wall in boredom, but he was perfectly good under saddle. One was fine when she first came to our stable but was stall sour and nippy a year later - Just not meant to be a school horse I think. The other two were good all around.
The one thing they all had in common was that they were very bouncy.
My sister in law had a Connemara gelding. He was gorgeous, but that's all you could say good about him. She bought him knowing he had issues, but she thought she could work through them. She worked with him for two years. He put her in the hospital twice, once with a serious head injury - he kicked her in the head when she was trying to lunge him. Eventually she and the BO decided to have him put down. However - he was NOT typical of the breed's temperment.
I knew one full Connemara.. a little guy named Finn. He worked at the Therapeutic Riding center I volunteered at. He was sooo sweet. They finally retired him last year because he had bad stifles.
One of my FAVOURITE horses at the lesson barn I ride at is a connemara/thoroughbred cross. That horse will jump ANYTHING, and is THE quietest horse I've ever met. This horse is so willing.. he lifts his hoof when you tap his cannon bone. Not an easy keeper-- he was in crap condition when we first got him. But he's gaining weight with senior feed. He could use another 200lbs or so.. x_x
I went to visit a connemara breeding farm in Virginia once- and their STALLION was being ridden around, jumping almost 3ft from a trot with a grown man, without a saddle or bridle. O.O
This was just the one I met, but he was amazing.. and he was a stallion!!!
Yesterday, I was looking through a horse breed book and it said, "when it comes to riding, the connemara cannot be bettered". ;)
I think it depends on which connemera you get. Some horses aren't what their breed is supposed to be... ;]
I love Connemaras. Always have :) My instructors schoolmaster (who I sometimes compete in dressage with) is a 14.1hh Connemara and you honestly cannot go past him. He's a real beauty... fantastic in dressage and has the most wonderful jump to top it off. I've only ever heard good things about them really! Provided (like any horse) they have a good foundation to work from.