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    12-30-2012, 01:37 PM
It depends - originally, the ideal quarter horse was bred to be hot enough to work cows and respond to split-second cues, while still being level-headed and calm enough to be a trusty farm and ranch horse. Over time, I believe they've been bred for the extremes in these and training has a lot to do with it. I wouldn't say the breed is split, necessarily, but you do have them all across the spectrum from the horses that are calmer and make excellent and trusty family horses, to the ones that are champion reiners and cutters that you'd never dream of putting a child or beginner on.

Growing up, my family had two half brothers. One was an extremely hot champion reiner and cutter (we bought him post-career) that you couldn't put a beginner on. At the slightest touch, he responded really quickly and you had to be ready for it. A beginner could easily go off or be unsettled because of the sudden response. However, his half brother has the same stud but is from a much more mellow mare. I won the state 4-H reining AND Western Pleasure competitions on him, but you have to know what you're doing or he'll just stay put. He's not hot at all because and we now use him for lessons because he's so gentle and calm. Never underestimate the value of a lazy horse :P
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    12-30-2012, 01:49 PM
Green Broke
The only Friesian cross I've been around was crossed with TB. The only thing I noticed about her that was different than most horses was that she was big (almost 17 hands), athletic, and had lots of stamina. She wasn't a horse that you could let stand for a few weeks, and then ride without problems. She needed to be worked. The mare was very responsive, intelligent, and had beautiful movement.
Work on the ground manners like Jilly said. If she starts to walk ahead of you either back her up, circle her, or completely change direction.
You should post pics:)
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    12-30-2012, 01:51 PM
Originally Posted by flytobecat    
You should post pics:)
Yes! Please do! That was actually my first reaction to your post, but I forgot when I decided to give a practical answer lol
    12-30-2012, 02:22 PM
Ok! I like sharing photos hehe.

I admit, I think she's an interesting cross cross too, but I think she's nice. I've seen some Friesian crosses look very awkward looking.

Someone said, by her conformation, they thought she'd be uncomfortable to ride... she's actually quite comfortable! We're not cantering as of yet because I'm working on getting her in shape, but she did pull a quick canter on me (when she was being a bit naughty...) and even that was comfty!
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    12-30-2012, 02:28 PM
Oooh I love buckskins!
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    12-30-2012, 02:34 PM
Green Broke
What a lovely girl!
    01-02-2013, 10:42 AM
I think she got the best of both worlds...what a nice cross.
    01-02-2013, 11:16 AM
I will add that if you decide to purchase have the price in writing agreed upon now instead of when the horse might be more valuable after you spend all the time working with her.

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