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RE: [RC] Boldness in Horses - heidi

To a certain extent, boldness IS inborn--all one has to do is watch the differing reactions of a bunch of foals in a group to a variety of stimuli.  And there is also a tremendous difference that is notable when one first starts to work with a horse.
You CAN certainly help to make a horse more bold by your training and by your own boldness--but you can only go so far given his basic nature.  So you can improve on what's there--but it is certainly easier to start with one that already has a good degree of boldness.

Would anyone like to comment on whether they feel a horse is either:  born especially bold;  whether real boldness develops in some horses the more experience they have (and by this I mean not just the usual confidence a horse develops, but actual boldness;  or whether that quality can truly be instilled in a horse.  By "boldness" I mean the preparedness to head out down a trail at any gait either in the lead or by itself, without hesitation (more or less), and/or without major spooks. 
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