Is a 4 on a temperament scale usually calm?
I have been looking around recently for my first horse.
I am wanting something that would be calm, reliable, and steady since I am an advanced beginner (I've been riding for about 4 years but have had several setbacks: switching trainers, barns moving, etc.). I am looking to show and I am hoping to begin jumping in the nearby future, and looking for a horse I can move up on and hopefully keep for many years as I grow in experience. I have a lot of experience with dealing with different types of horses, and while I am lacking in experience in riding, I am very comfortable with all types of horses. I found this horse:
16.2 Dutch Warmblood Jumper - Petey
I was looking at his temperament scale though and it said a 4. Would you consider that too high for what I'm looking for, or just right?
i think a 4 is good and calm...not too hot not too calm...sounds good to me!
The temperament scale is way too subjective. What one person might consider a 4 another might rate it at a 6 or 7. It is a pretty worthless way to describe a horse's temperament. You are better off asking why the seller thinks the horse is a 4 and ask as many questions as you can think of. Then ask them again. You would be surprised how much the answers change!
The temperment scale is very subjective, as Sahara has mentioned. You are better off asking a lot of questions, watching the horse being ridden (if you're lucky and can have your coach or someone whos opinion you trust ride - all the better) and if you are confident you can handle the horse, riding it yourself.
For example I would say that my horse, for a beginner, because he is so sensitive would be an "8", but for an experienced rider I would put him at a "3" or "4" for the same reason (sensitive and easy to aid if you know what you're doing)... I hope that makes sense... So it's more important to be upfront with your skills and ask a lot of questions. Good luck!!
As others have said, it's very subjective, both on a day-to-day basis (for some horses) and by person. My mare doesn't do anything too bad for the most part, but when she acts up, she's an 8 or 9. On a good day I'd consider her a 3 or 4.
When I look up horses, I never specify a temperament. If you have a question why the horse is a 4, I'd just ask what he does to be considered a 4... When my sister was looking for a horse, she tested a horse who was listed as a 5 (she's a pretty timid rider.) When we asked why his owner considered him a 5, she said it was simply to discourage dead beginners from asking about him... So the whole temperament scale isn't exactly ideal and I wouldn't rely too heavily on it.
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