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.