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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Great replies, everyone.
I also want to add that just because a horse is higher (5+) on the temperament/energy scale doesn't mean it CAN'T be a lovely horse. My 5 year old miniature mare is very high energy. Loves to 'GO GO GO' and constantly be learning and working on something, and hates to just sit around. However, she's just about as dependable in a cart as our Shetland gelding who is as close to bombproof as a horse can get. NOTHING fazes him, he's lazy, and he's very 'ladida' about everything. He's a great pony, but I prefer my mare to him because she has that little bit of extra 'pizzaz' that makes her want to try harder. He has to REALLY be motivated to move out past a slow jog, but my mare is very happy to do whatever gait I ask her to do, over any obstacle, in just about any circumstance. With a very inexperienced driver she might be harder to handle than the gelding is just because she is SO light in the mouth, but otherwise she's quiet as can be because she has been taught not to react to scary stimuli and she's very fun to drive because she has that 'Whats next? Trot? What speed?GREAT! I love to trot!!! ' attitude while the gelding is more of a '*sigh*, are we done yet? No? Do I realllly have to trot? Fine.' Different people prefer different energy levels, but just because a horse is 'hot' doesn't mean it is always prone to blow up or act like an idiot. It just means it has more 'go' than the average horse.
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