I haven't read through this whole post (at least I don't think I have) but my appy mare is too smart for her own good. She can untie a lead rope if its not tied just right. She's the best mama to our little filly, patient, caring and considerate. She's as fast as they come and ridiculously good in the woods. She'll go wherever and never argues. I've ridden all types of horses. Especially here lately and I am so spoiled by my appy. I won't ever have anything but.