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post #1 of 17 Old 04-27-2012, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Most calm horse breed

What breed of horse do you think is the most calm?
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-27-2012, 02:16 PM
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I think there are calm horses in every breed of horse. It just depends on the individual.

But...If I had to choose a breed. It's be the Bashkir Curly. I've been around lots and lots of Curlies (even wild ones) and they all have this naturally gentle, curious, calm disposition. They are wonderful horses.
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Yeah, of course a lot of it depends on the horse, how they're treated etc. I just didn't know if there were breeds that tended to be more calm than others.
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A lot of the drafts or "cold blooded" horses tend to be calmer, but then again - the ones that are bred for show hitch tend to have hotter temperments as well.

You would be better off to look at individual bloodlines rather than breed.

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Most draft breeds will be more calm, than the hot blooded/light horse breeds. This was because of their history. They had to work and mostly be pulling something. Ie. A plough, a cart, a caravan, a delivery vehicle etc. Nobody wanted a flighty horse for such work.

They are often much larger. Historical breeders couldn't handle a draft of sometimes enormous size, if it was not easy to handle, so happily for us, most breeders didn't breed anything which was not calm in nature.

In light horses, you can also find calm individuals in almost any breed. Depends on the breeding and training.

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I've worked with quite a few different breeds, as well as differing disciplines in those breeds, with different bloodlines with those breeds. If that makes any sense, which I'm not sure????

But I've seen extremely calm Saddlebreds, to the point you would have sworn they were ancient, and have seen the same in Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Tennessee Walking Horses, and so many others here and there.

Also seen some "wide open as a locked gate" which means crazier than a run over possum in the moonlight of those same breeds.
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Thanks everyone. Palomine, I would never guess TB's would be calm. Then again, I am a beginner. :)
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Calmest horse I own.................my crazy arab, she doesn't know that she is supposed to be hot and flighty
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I would suggest the Norwegian Fjord
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I do think calmness and temperament, just as conformation, are inherited. Years ago I had an extremely calm Arabian mare. Bred to a very 'up' stallion, the offspring really took on the sire's behaviour. Bred to a very calm Arabian, the offspring was just like its parents - quiet and calm all its life.

My granddaughter, has a 30 year old Arabian gelding, who is wonderful and quiet around children and other animals, but is all fire on the trail. Few other horses can keep up with him. I hate to think what he was like as a youngster. I imagine his parents or at least one of them, was a spitfire.

I also had a calm Saddlebred and although he had been shown five gaited, away from the ring, he was just another ploddy fellow.

Certainly drafts tend to be calmer, but nice calm, ploddy horses can be found in any breed. Just have to seek them out.

Thinking about it, the worst and most difficult horse I ever owned, was a QH mare. Wonderful bloodlines and a beautiful girl, but a pretty dangerous one. I purchased her from some well known breeders, in the San Diego area. I still think she was probably doped up with something, the day I tried her out. She was wonderful then. I even sorted a few cattle with her. But the day she stepped out of the trailer, even the hauler had a difficult time with her. A completely different horse. She finally went to a trainer friend of mine, who got her under some bit of control, but she was definitely never a really safe ride for anyone. Even her new owner/trainer, said she was the most difficult QH he had ever come across.

Lesson learned. Show up when sellers are not necessarily expecting you. I should have known something was strange, since when I arrived at their place, she was saddled, bridled and standing almost asleep, at the rail. They didn't ride her, but brought out chairs to place by their arena, to all watch me ride. Strange all round. I didn't know better in those days. Some sellers, however well known, will do anything to sell a horse.

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