I have a love/hate relationship with Warmbloods. Thanks to that year spent working for my trainer LOL. As someone who owns an Arabian - most of her WBs took a second to the "unpredictable, spookiness" award. The part that always freaked me? The massive size that came with the unpredictable, spookiness. When my Arab bucks, leaps, spins (& even my QH, she was a nutjob) it's like giggling at a small pony compared to these guys. They're powerhouses.
Even if they weren't at the training point where they had the 'roid type muscles, just the sheer mass of them tweaking was like O.O
She had warmbloods from all different walks too. Canadians, Hanoverians, Trakes, RPSI, etc. I can tell you each horse was different from the next no matter what their breed. Her mare can be a strong willed powerhouse. Yet I rode this mare & never experienced problems. She handled fine on the ground too. Was never prone to spookiness or silliness. This went true with all her horses. Except one mare who was mean as sin... but that was just her 'tude. The little stud colt she tossed was an absolute lover.
I think the thing with WBs that has to be understood is they NEED a job. Yes, her Prix St. George Lvl mare was the type she could ride minimally throughout the year. As was a couple others in the barn. Most though? Needed the mental stimulation of being ridden to get them from getting bored or going crazy in their own heads. Most were bred to hopefully
make it to the higher levels & therefore you expect a little spirit. They weren't hard to handle though (some were pushy thanks to lack of ground manners) & most weren't horrors to ride undersaddle.
And I love
my RPSI mare Cally. I missed her younger years where she could be a bit of a spitfire lol, but has really turned out to be an awesome horse for me. She's got a stand-offish attitude which most people don't like. She tolerated her last owner. Me? She actually puts a pleasant expression on her face, doesn't look annoyed I'm working with her, and always seems much calmer for me. Yes she can be pushy, attempt to pull my arms out of their sockets, flighty, and goofy. Yet so can my Arabian (my QH as well). Undersaddle she's a semi-dream. I mean she's good LOL, but does like to pull. Which she's huge so she CAN pull me. Yet we've started working better together, she listens to my body, & yes - if I pitch forward she stops for me. Does she spook? Yes. She's just a naturally spooky horse. Is she unpredictable? Nah I wouldn't say so. She doesn't come out and just randomly go ahhhh rela- BUCK - ahhh relax. Yet all the cons in the world couldn't change things for me with this mare
I truly adore owning her.
There's my novel LOL. To me WBs aren't any different than every other horse. Some definitely have their weirdness & their bucks that come from nowhere. Yet so does my silly ass Arabian. I guess owning an Arabian prepared me for a WB...? Lol. I just wish my girl wasn't so massive