As far as the temperament and intelligence in general of a particular
breed is concerned, (having put a fair milage on anything from Curlies
to TB's) I suspect a horse is a horse and it is what you make of it. If
you want a hot headed QH you can make one, if you want a quiet Arab you
can make one. It seems that a number of Arab folks have been trying to
dispell the myth that Arabs are spooky animals and I'm with them on
that. Intelligence. Measure it accurately, give me a test that we can
give 10 different testers to give ten different horses and even get the
same ranking let alone the same score and may be we could perhaps judge.
Gait is more difficult to measure an effect. I have a gaited (TWH),
ungaited and a cross. I wonder if, given a good body type (everything
being equal), whether being gaited causes a horse to be more predisposed
to back problems. Just my thought, I don't know enough about these
things to say.
-- Nicco Murphy - San Diego County