Thoroughbreds often have the reputation for being higher strung than some other breeds, especially those who are young, inexperienced or or extremely fit. Phillip Dutton, who was part of Australia's gold medal-winning Olympic eventing teams in 1996 and 2000 before representing the United States in the Olympics in 2008, 2012 and this past week, winning the bronze medal for Individual eventing in Rio, says that high strung horses are often more aware of their surroundings and tend to try harder at tasks asked of them.
Shelly Francis, a member of the United States Dressage Team at the 1998 World Equestrian Games agrees. She prefers horses who are a bit hotter by nature because they offer the rider more energy and tend to be more willing, once they are taught what the rider is asking of them.
Dutton and Francis say that it is best to customize a training and husbandry routine to the horse, especially those who are higher strung, recommending regular turnout, hand-walking and allowing for extra training time when needed.
Read more at Horse Channel.
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