Personality traits of Oldenburgs and Irish sport horse?
So I'm considering going to look at a mare that is an Oldenburg/ Irish sporthorse cross (out of a First Class son, and Irish mare). I mentioned the mare to my trainer and he said there are some personality traits in the Irish sporthorse that he thought I should look up to make sure she is the kind of horse I want. Granted, not every horse conforms perfectly to breed standards, but in general is any one familiar with the breeds' personalities? Or have any opinions on the breeds?
I have an Oldenburg mare. She has the biggest puppy dog personality, but has a lot of energy. I wouldn't trade her for anything, though. I personally love Oldenburgs. They are bred to be exceptional horses, hence the price tag.
I only know one of each. The Oldenberg is a gelding. BIG boy. Puppy dog and is generally okay. Loves to lope which caused problems in his hunter/jumper career. Had a wicked fast spin as a spook. His only vice. He'd spooky randomly and at nothing and when he did if you had any kind of flaw in your seat you'd end up on the ground with him spooking at you.
The Irish Sport Horse made that I know is really sweet. Generally a big babysitter, but not reliable. My old trainer kept sticking draw reins on this mare and one day the mare said she had ENOUGH and took her rider for a mad gallop in the arena until the girl fell off.
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Individual personality is hard to pinpoint just by breed. There are sweet, mild-mannered horses of every breed, just like there are maniacal, crazed horses of every breed.
That being said, Irish Sport horses are bred for the hunt field to have excellent temperaments, to be calm, but will become more lively when asked, and are very tough. Oldenburgs have a variety of temperaments, are courageous and are versatile sport horses. The cross sounds very sporty, and as long as she's not a nut-case and is sound, she sounds like a suitable riding partner. Other factors will determine her personality even further, so there is no way of telling what you will get until you go see her.
It sounds like both horse types are relatively nice horses, would that be correct to assume? I really really like this mare, and it sounds like she has a really solid backgroud, but she's in another state so I have to figure that little kink out. It's good to know everyone's experiences with these horses.
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