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        08-16-2012, 10:08 AM
    The big bodied, tiny footed quarters were the result of halter shows and a new style. Only after those horses grew up, became lame at an early age, were bred and their foals did the same, was the style frowned upon. I had a big bodied, tiny footed quarter a number of years ago. I used him for light riding and trail, and he became navicular by the age of 5. This style was supposed to represent the quarter breed and did so very poorly by breaking down early.

    It was my experience that people who owned these types of horses had sour horses because they were lame, and still ridden. A woman I once knew had a horse who was evenly navicular on both fronts so the horses didn't limp, he just stepped short. Since there was no head bob, she didn't see a problem, but he was in obvious pain and the " attitude" came out in bucking and being sour. Both his parents were champion halter horses with big bodies and tiny feet. Both his parents were chronically lame.

    I haven't seen a poor attitude in a correctly bred quarter horse. My horse is an appendix and her attitude comes from her ADD and lack of proper training. It has improved immensely over the past 2 months though.
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        08-16-2012, 10:29 AM
    I don't believe it's the breed but the people that handle the horse helps shape it's attitude and temperment. We have paints, quarter horses, thoroughbreds and arabians in our barn and all are very sweet but they act just like their owners because that's how they are treated. Hope that makes sense to everyone.
        08-16-2012, 01:58 PM
    My QH is Amazing he has his times where he's crabby and mean but I found out that he had scar tissue on his left sid eof his rump and it was BAD! Also in his chest and stifle. He getting better but he's sweet and very kind. He's very muscular and has "pancake feet" as everyone puts it. I've had him for 5 years and I would never sell him! When he spooks (rarely) he stays put and looks alert! He's great for beggingers and with other people but he's the best with people who know him. I also have a paint who has TB in him and Qh and of course paints, but he's fairly calm but immutrue my friend says they are spooky but he's fairly calm and loves to do things. But moms paint/mustang is spooky adn will freak out.

    I think it depends on the breeding and training they get. I've own a TB 17+hh and over 40 years old and he was sweet and kind loving and still let me ride him. He wasnts hyper and jumpy at all!

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