I am always interested in reading the threads about QH/Paint lines and predicting traits in offspring based on their blood lines. Rather than hijack another thread, I was curious if the experts out there would weigh in on a 'reverse' question. Our Paint mares seem to have some good 'old blood' and I was wondering if any of the traits that we see in our mares may 'point back' to horses in their lines and how much influence that has compared to their training and experience.
Our lead mare (15 yr), Angel, Showdown Suzy Q Paint She had been a cattle work horse. Although long backed, she did very well as a penner. Extremely laid back and willing. When working, she is all business and is our bombproof, go anywhere mare that will do anything you ask. Her disposition/cow sense appears to 'be genetic' since her filly is exactly like her.
Lady (7 yr), Intimadated Skip Paint Has Impressive in her line and is indeed built like a tank, but very quick and surefooted off trail. Very curious and playful; she is always the 'trouble maker', getting into everything, opening gates, stall doors, etc. (I found her on our deck last night...sigh). She will test you (especially unfamiliar riders) and likes to 'act tough', but will always 'give in' right away once she sees you won't let her get away with anything. Very food motivated. She is a 'fast walker' and, if leading, will wind up 'walking away' from the trail pack and stop to let them catch up. Her original owner (breeder) had started her as a lesson horse, she loves riding kids, and never 'tests' them.
Cinnamon (5 yr) Tommy Spekled Supreme Paint Still filling out. All the horses around here that were off 'Supreme Model' seem to take longer to mature. Short backed, very quick, and moves like cutters that I have watched. She was basically started on the trail with very little arena work, and loves riding the trails, but is already very road safe, too. Very social, a 'lover' that will follow you anywhere if you have a brush, and still our 'baby'.
Just looking for interesting discussion and/or experiences.