Foal tests may define future champion horses

8 01 2007

Dancing Arwen, originally uploaded by marymactavish.

A French study over the last four years has identified nine simple tests on young horses that can determine their likely temperament as an adult.

Each horse can then be directed toward the discipline for which it is best suited.

While there is little doubt that experienced horsemen and women will be able to assess the temperament of their own young horses, the tests are likely to be useful for those needing to assess a young horse they are only meeting for the first time.

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The tests essentially measure a horse’s level of fear or reactivity to stimuli, and remind me a bit of the temperament tests administered to dogs.

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8 01 2007
MiKael Caillier

Very interesting. But with the different reactivity of different breeds seems to me there is some unreliability built right into the tests. Only time will tell.

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