I often think about the pros and cons of having a mellow horse vs. an energetic horse.
For instance the pros of my Mustang who is mellow:
-anyone can ride him (he's honest and does not try to take advantage)
-when other people's horses are bouncing off the walls or even if someone were to run past us, he just doesn't care. He totally listens to his rider!
-you can park him for a lunch break out on the trail and he will stand patiently tied or eats grass without leaving you
-in the winter he can sit for weeks and is good as the day you last rode him
-matches up well with the Quarter Horse crowd
-rides well by himself
The cons of my mellow Mustang:
-He can't keep up with the gaited crowd unless he trots, which upsets the gaited crowd
-he is built like a haflinger and gets tired more than other horses and sweats more on long rides
-In the summer when you ride him a lot he can get almost too laid back, which is not quite as much fun as a horse that likes to go
Pros of my energetic Fox Trotter:
-Matches up well with the gaited horse crowd and generally will slow down for the Quarter Horse crowd as well
-Lots of fun and lots of energy- great for summertime rides!
-it's nice to have a horse that will move out willingly and has plenty of energy for faster rides
-she has all kinds of cool gaits that make me giggle!
Cons of my energetic Fox Trotter:
-Barn sour and hyper in the winter when she sits due to bad weather
-Not as good being ridden alone (hyper, spooky)
-will run off and leave you for dead if you get off to pee and drop your reins
Really, the mellow horse is perfect for winter riding and the energetic horse is perfect for summer riding.
Heck, I love them both!