Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I almost exclusively rode TBs (with a few Arabians thrown in) from when I was a teenager til 1.5 years ago. Some were a bit spooky, a few were incredibly lazy, most were just plain awesome horses to lesson or trail on and loved working (they were all well-retrained by experienced people). I would have to say they're my favourite breed to ride. Personally, I've found them pretty easy to out-think on the whole, whereas the Arabians were much more independent in their thought and you had to give them a bit more of a "why" and not just a "what". Brock is a TBx, nothing like any TB I've known - a lot more difficult to out-think because he's so smart (and will do anything to get out of work unless he thinks it's his idea). The lady I agist with described him (perfectly) the other day as "plenty of quirks, and pretty arrogant". Chalk to my friend's (purebred) TB Star, who is all go, but so willing to please and eager to work.
I tend to think that most of the TBs I've known have had "child" brains (excitable, enthusiastic, impulsive), the Arabians "adult" brains (independent, likes to think things through) and Brock a "teenage boy" brain (arrogant, cruising for a bruising, tests boundaries, sex-obsessed and hates doing 'school-work' - hah!). Absolutely not scientific LOL, and you have to think about them in horse-brain terms, but just my experience of the "breed personality", although there's always plenty of variation!