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    09-13-2012, 04:13 AM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
"Four white socks and a snip on his nose, tan his hide and feed him to the crows."

An old saying, stating that horses with four white socks will have soft feet, won't perform as well, etc.
That might be due to the old belief that white pigmented hooves were weaker than black ones. Learned about that from the farrier I apprenticed under. White socks can have white hooves and people used to believe white hooves were soft.

Just made that connection o_O
     
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    09-13-2012, 04:40 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Copperhead    
That might be due to the old belief that white pigmented hooves were weaker than black ones. Learned about that from the farrier I apprenticed under. White socks can have white hooves and people used to believe white hooves were soft.

Just made that connection o_O
That's exactly what the connection is. Same with the "one buy him, two try him, three suspect him, four reject him".

For what it's worth, there is no link between colour and personality as far as genes go... HOWEVER. I do think that certain colours in certain areas will behave according to their stereotypes. I think this will be because the people who have these horses believe the stereotypes to be true, and for example, will treat a chestnut as a hot head from the word go, thus training the chestnut to be that.
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    09-13-2012, 06:19 AM
  #13
Yearling
Oh yeah, I have heard the thing about the red headed mares but I have had several and all of them were calm, easy going, forgiving and about as safe of horses as is possible.

I did have a liver chestnut mare that was HOT but even she settled in to being safe, sweet and forgiving. It just all depends on our experiences as to how we will see other horses.

There is of course, the gelding vs. Mare debate as well.
     
    09-13-2012, 07:21 AM
  #14
Weanling
I don't believe in color stereotypes, but I DO believe that a horse is more likely to have an unstable temperament if color was the only consideration for breeding and not performance.
Based on that alone I'd be a bit suspicious about the "buttermilk buckskin snowcap", "grullo overo" or whatever.
That, and a brown horse of the same quality will usually cost at least a few $100s less, so I'd actually be more likely end up with a brown than a "fancy" color (says the girl with the "fancy b/w tobiano ;) )
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    09-13-2012, 07:55 AM
  #15
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Here is what I was told about the reasoning behind some of the color stereotypes. When you breed for certain qualities be it temperament, size, color etc you are often breeding to a select group. So you are more likely to see traits associated with color.

When 101 Dalmatians came out everyone wanted one for his/her kid and they were bred to the hilt regarldess of quality. Ended up with a lot of ill tempered Dalmatian. This info coming from a breeder of Harlequin Danes as to why the Harlequins are most often the tallest of the Danes.
     
    09-13-2012, 08:01 AM
  #16
Foal
I always get told that I'm crazy for owning a chestnut mare, it's not always colour they refer too but also the gender. Yes, my horse is temperamental. But I love her for it. I would never pick a horse or turn a horse down depending on colour or gender!
     
    09-13-2012, 09:56 AM
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Then I guess I'm in trouble with my red appy mare, lol.

I've heard a lot of this, and it often makes me wonder what some people are thinking. I like the saying that you can't ride color.
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    09-13-2012, 10:47 AM
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Foal
Well I've owned 2 chestnut mares, 2 appaloosas and a chestnut gelding. My mares were tempermental but what woman isnt :) none of them were crazy. My 2 thoroughbreds had 3 high whites and 4 all white feet. They both wore shoes but they were OTTB's.
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    09-13-2012, 11:37 AM
  #19
Yearling
Heh I have a chesnut mare, though she's a true chesnut not a red head.

I think I know why Appys have a bad rep least in the barrel world. But most just don't make sense
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    09-13-2012, 11:38 AM
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I think I know why Appys have a bad rep least in the barrel world.
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Why is that, do you think?
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