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post #21 of 43 Old 08-04-2014, 08:11 PM
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We've got 3 generations of Impressive line horses here, our 15 month old colt, his mother, and grandmother (our boss mare). None of them are wacko. They are all, however, very curious and mischievous, e.g. Explore/touch everything, untie leads, open gates/stall doors, etc. Tommys Gamblingman Paint
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post #22 of 43 Old 08-04-2014, 09:10 PM
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For several years my horses did not like one particular trimmer. I was always there and can vouch for the way he handled the horses. I couldn't find even the smallest fault. So why did the horses dislike him? One would try to kick him and the other would snort and tighten up. The new fellow was a totally different story as both horses were relaxed.
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post #23 of 43 Old 08-04-2014, 09:29 PM
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My lease horse was Impressive bred. He was stubborn as heck, but you could do just about anything on him.

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post #24 of 43 Old 08-04-2014, 10:56 PM
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We have four horses out of an impressive bred mare here. One is the sweetest, most willing horse. Two have attitude, but will do what they are told without being stupid. One is a complete nutcase. If she doesn't like something she throws a fit, backing up, spinning around, rearing, cow kicking. She is not a very smart horse, I need to really repeat things for her to remember the next day. Short term memory loss. I call her Dory. I will never own an impressive bred horse.
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We have four horses out of an impressive bred mare here. One is the sweetest, most willing horse. Two have attitude, but will do what they are told without being stupid. One is a complete nutcase. If she doesn't like something she throws a fit, backing up, spinning around, rearing, cow kicking. She is not a very smart horse, I need to really repeat things for her to remember the next day. Short term memory loss. I call her Dory. I will never own an impressive bred horse.
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THIS! Dory is exactly what I'm dealing with on Rebel. Does she seem to get something and the next day look at you like your nuts and throw a fit when you ask her to do the same exact thing?
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post #26 of 43 Old 08-04-2014, 11:35 PM
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Yep, I have to repeat the same thing for about 5 days before she finally gets it
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post #27 of 43 Old 08-04-2014, 11:51 PM
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We have only one impressive bred mare. She's a big sweetheart super quiet horse very willing but have a few quirks. She is cinchy, you have to go slow and not tie her while cinching, and she's hell on pipe corral panels. I've never seen a horse so destructive on corral panels. She's a very curious horse wants to check everything out. This weekend my daughter showed her and she wanted to check out what was in ever garbage can she passed.
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post #28 of 43 Old 08-05-2014, 12:55 AM
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I have 2 mares with Impressive in them. 99% of the time they are sweethearts, it's the 1% of the time you have to watch out for. I've talked to other owners of Impressive bred horses who say their horses are the same. That 1% of the time they will do absolutely anything to get out of what you're asking them to do even if it means hurting themselves. Switch tactics and ask them to do something else for 5 or 10 minutes and then go back and ask for the original task and they're more than willing. I always describe it as a brain fart. LOL
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post #29 of 43 Old 08-05-2014, 10:03 AM
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Lol, are you sure it isn't the Sonny Dee? I have one and she can be a little weird at times xD
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There may be some truth to this statement!

I have an Impressive gelding who is one of the calmest horses I've ever known. Have never heard anyone complain about behavior when it comes to Impressive lines however, I did own a Sonny Dee mare who was always extremely high strung. I took her to a lot of places, desensitized her like crazy and she did OK but you had to handle her with kid gloves

She also had very bad hooves for her entire life, often was ouchy for a couple days after a reset and then wouldn't hold shoes for more than 5 weeks.

Her dam (the Sonny Dee side) was in the same barn and every other foal she threw would be like my mare and some much worse.

I think your farrier just has a predjudice against Impressive horses or he just heard it somewhere and took it as gospel!

I saw your other post about pain problems in both of your horses after this guy got done doing them-I'd start to be a little suspicious of him unless you've been using him for many years with no problems.
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post #30 of 43 Old 08-05-2014, 10:06 AM
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We have only one impressive bred mare. She's a big sweetheart super quiet horse very willing but have a few quirks. She is cinchy, you have to go slow and not tie her while cinching, and she's hell on pipe corral panels. I've never seen a horse so destructive on corral panels. She's a very curious horse wants to check everything out. This weekend my daughter showed her and she wanted to check out what was in ever garbage can she passed.
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I have an Investment Asset gelding who also tries to peek over the fence into every trash can while in the show ring too!! Kinda funny but frustrating too!
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