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        05-05-2009, 10:57 AM
      #11
    Trained
    My horse has always had a really strong personality. We know the breeder well so we get all the stories. As a foal he would walk beside you and undo your shoelaces with his mouth, when he was 2-3 and they were teaching him to trot in hand, he decided he would get it done quicker and ran off, with the handler still holding on. He is very alpha, and doesn't like being told what to do, but he tries very hard to please and hates being corrected. He has always had an amazing work ethic, and no matter when where or with what, he is with you in any situation, even as a young horse. At his very first show ever, and I had only owned him for 3 weeks he was grand champion and had the high score of the show. He walked off the trailer into new sights, smells and sounds and went "meh, grass!".
    I strongly believe that it is the bloodlines. All the horses I have met with his breeding are much the same way. I believe that bloodlines dictate a lot in a horse, just like how people grow up to look and typically be like their parents in how things are organized in the house, to how they drive or even their work habits.
         
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        05-05-2009, 11:12 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Cope is 15. I've had him since he was 2. He was a little scatter brained as a youngster, but around 5 or 6 he kinda settled into being a horse. He's generally a very hard and honest worker, but he can be stubborn at times (although it very rarely happens away from he barn). When we are away from the barn he's turned into old faithful. That didn't happn until he was around 11 or 12.
         
        05-05-2009, 06:45 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    3 is a tough age. Seems with most of the Qh & paints I've been around it's about 5 - 7 when they really start to mature mentally. They can work well at 3, but they're just bratty teenagers. My 7 year old has always been great, so far her baby is to, at 3. The 11 year old .... well, it's never going to happen. LOL
         
        05-05-2009, 08:36 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Qtswede    
    They can work well at 3, but they're just bratty teenagers.
    That's him to a T. The biggest bratty teenager you'll ever find. :)
         
        05-06-2009, 06:16 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Yep. That's kind of the turning point. Seems like they know they're getting big, they're starting to mature physically, and they cycle between good, well mannered calm things & snotty, testing you every chance they get brats. Just like human teenagers, without the HS drama. No real cure, but training, and patience. He'll grow out of it, and if he's a draft, just keep with him. Those big guys that get pushy can be a real bear if they don't know their manners.
         
        05-07-2009, 12:04 PM
      #16
    Started
    My draft just turned 5 in April, and I've noticed a difference in him since last summer. He's more focused, and generally more mature. Last summer, I couldn't even get him to go into the wash rack without drama, and once he got in, he wouldn't stand still. Now, he goes in much easier and stands very nicely. :) I haven't tried loading him yet this year, though, and I'm kind of dreading it. Lol
         
        05-07-2009, 08:43 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    My warmblood wasn't mentally developed until age six. Warmbloods and draft crosses in general tend to take longer to mentally and physically develop but when they get there- it usually makes for a great horse!
         
        05-07-2009, 09:36 PM
      #18
    Trained
    My OTSB seems to be starting to settle into a concentration span of greater than 10 minutes this year. She's 6. Of course, when it's windy there is just no point in trying to accomplish anything with her. Last year I was doing well to have an attention span of 10 minutes, never mind actually learning anything.
         
        05-08-2009, 07:38 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    It's different for every horse. Bloodlines/breeds effect them a lot. . Past careers, too.
    Milo used to be a western trail horse and he's nine years old. I don't think they used him in a ring because he acts like a total greenie [although we use him in Englsih tack]. He acts like he's 5 years old. ::)
    Rodger is suppousedly "REALLY old" but he tries to throw me for hours at a time..
         
        05-08-2009, 02:29 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Qtswede    
    Yep. That's kind of the turning point. Seems like they know they're getting big, they're starting to mature physically, and they cycle between good, well mannered calm things & snotty, testing you every chance they get brats. Just like human teenagers, without the HS drama. No real cure, but training, and patience. He'll grow out of it, and if he's a draft, just keep with him. Those big guys that get pushy can be a real bear if they don't know their manners.

    Nope, the three year old is a Quarter Horse, not a draft. I was so pleased to see in your experience with QHs that he'll be like this until he's at least 5. LOL That's exactly how he is right now too. The perfect gentleman one day, and the next day he's testing me at every turn. It keeps me challenged which I like. And when I get on him on those gentlemanly days he's a dream, I know he's going to be such a great horse once he's mature.
         

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