Don't worry, I know full well that ALL horses are intelligent, living creatures that need a LOT of attention and care. There is no such thing as an "easy" horse breed.
However, I would still like some general info from all you equine experts, about what breeds of draft horses, light horses, and ponies are generally the healthiest; least prone to getting sick, having genetic defects, and such. Do horses tend to be very sensitive to climate? I worry in particular about how some that originate from warm parts of the world would deal with the brutal winters where I live. What breeds are best able to cope with cold and snow?
In addition, what breeds, in your opinion, do you believe have the best temperaments?
There are generalizations you can apply to breeds, yet a great degree of difference within a breed,due to family lines, esp in those breeds that don't have closed books
In general, horses are divided into three main groups , far as temperment
Warm bloods -most light horses and distinct from "Warmbloods'. horses that are bred for the sports discipline,although they aer in this group, along with stock horses, ect
hot bloods- TBs and Arabians
Easy keeper is not a plus in my books!
It denotes a horse that is very efficient in using food, that evolved out of some background where food was not plentiful, thus has the 'thirifty gene'
Morgans and ponies are noted to carry this gene,a though many stock horses also , due to family lines, have this trait
These are the horses that seem to gain weight on air, need to be managed to prevent IR from developing-in other words, I rather feed a horse extra, then need to dry lott, watch what hay I feed, control turn out or use grazing muzzles, ect
Easy keeper, used in many ads ,is not a plus in my books, s it reads between the lines' diet management'