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Horse Breed Personalities
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Horse Breed Personalities

Horses within a particular breed have similar personality traits. The personality of a breed should be considered when selecting a horse for a particular duty such as trail riding, police mount, show or cattle roundup. There are three basic personality types including hot blooded, warm blooded and cold blooded. While personality traits may be similar within a breed, each horse has a unique personality.

Thoroughbred: Thoroughbred horses are generally high strung and energetic. A Thoroughbred is an excellent breed for a race horse. A Thoroughbred may prove dangerous on a trail ride as the horse may be easily spooked by a snake, sudden loud noise or the snap of a tree limb. This breed could be difficult for a new rider to control.

Clydesdale: A Clydesdale is a cold blooded horse. Cold blooded horses are usually tranquil and tolerant. The tall muscular Clydesdale is ideal for farm work. The horse is not easily spooked around other animals or children. Clydesdales are quite intelligent and easily understands instructions.

Shire: The Shire is another cold blooded breed often utilized to pull wagons. The docile, hardworking nature of the Shire lends to public duties such as police mount or carriage rides in the park. The Shire can easily reach a height of 21.1 hands.

Quarter Horse: The Quarter Horse is a warm blooded animal. The breed is calm, but energetic. The Quarter Horse is excellent for rodeos, dressage and general riding. This is a fun breed full of personality and intelligence.

:American Paint Horse: The American Paint Horse is intelligent, good natured and extremely trainable. The hardworking breed displays a high level of endurance. Painted horses are an ideal choice for horse shows and rodeos. The breed is perfect for trail riding. This breed is also a warm blooded personality type.

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  1. immasweetiepie
    Nice article! I love horses!
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    1. Archippus
      Thanks! Your comment and vote is much appreciated Immasweetiepie!
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  2. TomCat
    Heard you were here. Another good job. Proud of you. I was #7
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    1. Archippus
      Thanks TomCat! It is very important to know the personality of a breed before selecting a horse.
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  3. Charlotte
    The American paint and clydesdales are my favorites. Beautiful, stunning horses.
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    1. Archippus
      Charlotte, I have always enjoyed seeing the Budweiser Clydesdales! Thanks for the vote and comment!
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  4. PonyGirl
    PonyGirl
    I work on the TB racetrack, and while thoroughbreds are high strung and hot- which means once they get upset, they react big and stay upset for awhile.- they have been accustomed to noise, horse traffic, tractors, cars, and just general commotion. So they are actually more tolerant of all than than many other horses. Bloodlines play a very important role in how high strung the horse is as well. I have seen several TB bloodlines through the years that produced very laid-back and easy going horses. Bloodlines are a big factor in quarter horses as well. The appendix bloodlines (more thoroughbred blood) usually produce a higher strung horse than the foundation, working-horse bloodlines. And while breeds do give you a very general idea of likely temperament- age, training, and experience give you a better idea of what to expect. As a group, young horses of any breed are much more excitable than an older, experienced horse no matter what his bloodlines are. Most breeds were established with a particular job in mind, so they differ in general conformation, speed, stamina, intelligence, agility, and smoothness as well as temperament. The development and history of the different breeds is really fascinating.
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    1. Archippus
      Thanks for your input PonyGirl! I am in agreement with your thoughts!
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