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post #21 of 37 Old 10-15-2013, 06:42 PM
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Gelding a stallion is not going to guarantee the horse turns into a nice gentle gelding. Some do some don't if you are inexperienced don't take a chance thinking you can geld a stallion and he will be good to go.
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post #22 of 37 Old 10-15-2013, 06:51 PM
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Er, the OP never said anything about stallions unless I missed something.

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post #23 of 37 Old 10-15-2013, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ErinaStars View Post
This all has been really great advice thanks!
I'll try some more ground work with Wildfire, he can be VERY challenging (even more so since he is a stallion), I'm not sure if I can get along with him but I'll surely try!
I just was not sure whether I should start out with a calm horse, or a horse like Wildfire...I've heard the saying: green+green=black and blue....
I'm not sure that I'm experienced yet to handle him the correct way and earn his respect....

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And yes, you can geld a stud, but that doesn't guarantee they'll turn into a little push-button pony. Bottom line, OP said she's green. Green riders/handlers shouldn't be touching stallions unless under the strict supervision of an experienced professional.
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post #24 of 37 Old 10-15-2013, 08:56 PM
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My horse and I really aren't anything alike. I always joke that my horse is perfect because he has the patience to put up with all of my crap. A horse like me would be selfish, explosive, needy, and frankly a little bit of a butthead.

All of that said, I don't think it's necessary to find a horse that has an identical personality type to your own. I think there are more important things (athleticism, depending on what discipline you'd like to do, for example) that should be sought out first.
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post #25 of 37 Old 10-15-2013, 09:51 PM
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My one horse, Ace, is more like my hubby haha. He thinks he is the boss, food motivated, confident, laid back, but he is also friendly, sweet and affectionate lol.
Memphis, he is more like me... sweet and a little timid, wants to please and doesn't like to get in trouble. He is much more energetic then me, but he relaxes quick when razzled if I am riding or working with him. I am also extremely laid back so I think that helps. As well as being confident with him. I click well with both horses! :)
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post #26 of 37 Old 10-15-2013, 09:57 PM
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Possibly when one owns a horse long enough and it is at home and attended to daily, we do take on similar attributes. My temperament is pretty mellow, I respect people and their space and my horses do as well.
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post #27 of 37 Old 10-15-2013, 10:21 PM
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No! You don't need one like you.

I have a dog that is like me, and it can be taxing dealing with a neurotic, untrusting, opinionated and impulsive animal! I love my dog but I am glad my horses are different.

I had a mare that was like me in some ways, and it was a love hate relationship. Now I've just bought a gelding and he is easy. Less arguments, less weird stuff, more progress. The people we like in this world are often not like us, our friends and partners might share some aspects, but it's their differences that interest us as well as their similarities.

I think you should look for horses like that, one compatible with you - willing to give when you need to take, and ready to step up when you need them to. You're not looking for a best friend, you're looking for a team, and with teams people need to compliment each other rather than be the same as each other.
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post #28 of 37 Old 10-15-2013, 10:22 PM
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My horse and I 'click' and I wanted him from our first test ride, despite the fact that he was a somewhat green five year old and I was a brand new horse owner with relatively little riding experience who was looking for something school-master-ish. He's a bit of a scaredy-cat, I'm a bit of a fake it till you make it though, and we balance out nicely there. We're similar is some important ways though, as we're both forgiving, try to figure out how to make things work, and very, very social. More than anything else, I don't think I could be happy with a horse that wasn't very social. I like grooming, rubbing, feeding, watching and really just hanging out with my horse, and if my horse didn't also like that, or at least tolerate it with good humor, we'd have to part ways.
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post #29 of 37 Old 10-16-2013, 12:04 AM
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I pick a horse with a good personality for the work it will do.

Polo horses are best when very confident in themselves, and willing to take direction.

Ranch horses are best when they have tons of heart and will do their job even when tired or the weather is rotten.

I work with whatever the horse is, but those are my preferences.

Trail horses are great when unflappable and take a lot in stride - flexible.

My personal horse is really laid back. I'm pretty hard wired and intense. I don't make him nervous. It's my job as the rider to work with him and any horse, personality and conformation included.
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post #30 of 37 Old 10-16-2013, 02:26 AM
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A bit like people, horses are all individual, and like people you will find some you click with and others you could happily never see again.

Horse we had for a bit last year was superficially laid back, stubborn when pushed and seriously alpha female if pushed too far, a bit like me LOL we got on well together,

A different horse we had the same time, was... well a bit thick, prissy and temperamental. Just didn't like her at all, much like people like that.

Our pony Rose, friendly and eager to please, but needs to trust you and that takes time, easily scared but not mean about it. I get on well with her, but its not a friendship as such, more like a mother - daughter relationship. We like each other, she trusts me, but I need to be firm and take control and she likes that about me.

In my opinion, pick your horse based on your experience, what you want to do etc first before looking at personality. Then look at their personality and instead of comparing it to yours, compare it to people you know, then reflect on what your relationship is like with that person. Thats a reflection of how you will interact with the horse with the same personality.

Good Luck, and importantly, be honest with yourself.
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