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post #1 of 11 Old 09-03-2010, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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3 year old

If a horse is calm, gentle and listens like the best will his demeanor change with age or stay the same. Thinking about buying another horse. The horse I rode has great ground manners and is a joy to ride. I just wanna make sure if he is gonna stay with the same temperment.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-03-2010, 05:17 PM
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You can never be 100% about any horse's demeaner from year to year. Normally, though, if a horse starts out mellow and relaxed and gets good training to nurture that temperment, then it will usually stay the same.

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Smrobs I was hoping you would be one of the people to answer. I know I shouldn't bring emotions into buying a horse but when I was on him it just felt right! I have never been so comfortable on a horse
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A lot to do with a horse's personality is breeding but obviously both handling and training as well. If right now the 3yo has a good temperament that should carry through his whole life with proper training. Obviously in the wrong hands though anyone can make a horse crazy!
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I've heard that at around 4 or 5 they go through a "teenybopper" stage where the find a spook they never had and then they go back to the quiet horse they were before. Mine is 4 now and so far he seems to be fairly quiet still although he did spook at a mule pulling a cart that he had seen just a few months before with no fear....

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no horse is ever going to be perfect, but if you get the "this is right" feeling...you are usually right! Horse's only have major changes if their life has a major change...training, injury, neglect, pain,etc. :)
Before buying ride that horse a few times...if that feeling sticks-you got a good horse :)
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I think most of the problems with youngsters is not enough work. People(not you!) expect to send a horse off for training, pay a boatload, turn him out to pasture and pull him out once a week and he should be an angel. A young horse needs constant exercise to keep his head. My only suggestion on a horse that young would be to make sure you really have the time for riding atleast 4 days a week.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-03-2010, 10:43 PM
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There can be a huge difference in how a horse acts around people due to good or bad training and what a horse's true temperment is.

That true temperment doesn't really "change". If a horse is somewhat docile and laidback as a youngster, it's not very likely he's going to suddenly gain a ton of energy and urge to be mischevious. However, he CAN come across as high strung if he's had bad training put on him to make him afraid of people.

Likewise, sometimes an otherwise more high strung personality can be contained quite well with good training. A perfect example of this would be many higher level Dressage horses - they look so completely controlled and calm, and yet a LOT of them are pure firecrackers.

Just something to consider when evaluating a horse - if he's fantastic under saddle, spend some time on the ground and observing him in his pasture to make sure all the dots connect.

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post #9 of 11 Old 09-03-2010, 10:46 PM
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People talk about the terrible twos - my horse went through the terrible 4s and 6s. He had a period of time during both those years were he was just a flat out turd. It might have been due to the excessive growth spurts he was having.

There really is no way to say for certain, that a nice calm horse now is going to say that way. So many things can change. You buy what you like based on what you want to do and the rest is just an adventure to see what is going to happen.

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It depends. If the horse doesn't get into bad hands, he should stay pretty docile. Since the horse in question is three, you should expect some "childish/teen" attitude from him from time to time. Horses are always unpredictable animals (even the bomb proof been there done that horses), and we should always consider the possibilities.You could have the sweetest horse ever that wouldn't hurt a fly, then one day, *pow* you get kicked in the ribs because a tractor backfired and scared her.
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