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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