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post #1 of 43 Old 08-04-2014, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Impressive-bred horses. Are they really nuts?

So my colt had his first experience with my new farrier today. And he had a total melt down. He just shut down and started panicking when he was told to put his hoof on the stand, he was great about getting his feet handled, but decided the hoof stand was a monster. Its a problem we've been having with him, he gets confused, and goes into a meltdown. Flinging himself, rearing, and even flipping himself over backwards. He's fine one minute, gets asked to do something he doesn't quite understand, and he just freaks out.

The farrier promptly asked if he was an Impressive foal. Which he is. He's a great-great grandson. The farrier said this is standard Impressive foal behavior. He says they have meltdowns frequently and his son, who trains says about 90% of the Impressive foals he's dealt with our the same way.

I've heard this before. Any truth to it?
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That's funny, I've always heard impressive horses had good personalities. Our granddaughter mare is the most sweet and steady horse you'll know. My friend also has a halter mare granddaughter and she is the best minded halter horse Ive ever seen.
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The mare I used to work with (sired by Impressive) was very level headed.
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post #4 of 43 Old 08-04-2014, 02:40 PM
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I have never heard that Impressive bred horses are nutso. My Impressive bred paint gelding is pretty level headed other than his plastic phobia. I have heard they are all have tiny, weak feet, but I am not so sure about that, either.
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I had an Impressive filly. Though she was not my cup of tea, she definitely wasn't nuts by any means.

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Sounds like your horse has a trainer who best keep their day job and/or find a new career, as they are failing miserably. While some lines can be tougher then others, for the most part issues like this are all trainer (or there lack of) problems.
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Horses inbred with "Impressive" blood have physical weaknesses. Never heard of any mental ones.
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My friend has a gelding with impressive 3 times on his papers! That horse runs 2d in barrels, used for lessons and 4h. I would give anything to own that horse!
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BugZapper: He's not my trainer. He's my farrier's son and he has had problems with this line. Googling it has shown that some people do experience it. They are stubborn, dumb. Apparently in N/H horses its seen more often. Rebel is N/H

I personally do believe that some temperament problems are genetic. And Rebel has a brother and he has the same problem. His sire should have been gelded and never allowed to bred. That stud is scary!
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I have rode and dealt with some Impressive horses. It's one of the bloodlines I avoid.
They are drivers not thinkers.. LOL Although I will have to say how closely bred they are to Impressive and what they are crossed on makes a difference.
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