Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
I've dealt with my fair share of Doc Olena bred horses. Up until just a few years ago, a local breeder had a son of Doc Olena that he'd throw out a crop of foals from every year. There were a lot of those horses that never even got broke because nobody had the courage to get on them. Many of them were very sensitive and tended toward over-reaction, especially during the training phase. If you ever got one broke enough you could trust him, then you'd have a stellar horse...but getting them to that point wasn't for the faint of heart.
However, I've got a son of that stud in my pasture that is completely bombproof and 100% trustworthy. My niece started riding him when she was 6 and he was 5 and he's never taken a wrong step with her or any other beginner/child you put on him.
As for the Docs Lynx, I've ridden several of them as well and the ones I handled were really sweet. They were sensitive, but not a mean bone in their body anywhere.
As far as I'm concerned, you can get an idea about a horse by looking at the bloodlines, but temperament doesn't always breed true. If the horse is broke, then go look at them and just see what you think.
Though, if it's not broke, I wouldn't advise a green horse with those bloodlines for anyone less than an expert rider....just to be on the safe side.
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