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10th October 2009, 12:41 AM
No names mentioned (:lol:) but someone on this forum left me in a state of shock the other day when they boldly proclaimed that it was their opinion that TBs are DIM!!! :eek::eek:.....and to rub salt into the wound, one or two others agreed!!! :confused:
I obviously disagree and think that not only do they look highly intelligent, they act intelligent, so therefore they are intelligent :)
Tell me I'm not wrong ! :D
10th October 2009, 01:05 AM
Depends on the horse, but I tend to think most are smart but have a higher propensity for "loose screws" than some other breeds ;)
10th October 2009, 08:59 AM
I haven't voted. There is no depends on the individual horse choice. I have met TB's that are dim, but i've also met TB's that are very intelligent.
Like any other breed I suppose!
10th October 2009, 10:37 AM
Hmm im in two minds about this one!
I think the smaller, finer TB's are clever, most of the chunkier, larger ones ive met are thick! We have one in at work who falls over his feet all the ****** time, even when just walking to the field, he just doesnt pick his feet up!!
10th October 2009, 10:53 AM
TB's are highly intelligent animals, like all horses are
I've met some seriously spare TB's in my time, one of them is my aunts TB who is about as far from the 'Nutty TB' label as you can get!
Each horse is different, and some may just have no reason to act in such a highly strung way, even though that can be for a lot of reasons.
I tend to find horses give you warning, ponies are sharp and can react very quickly hence being called sharp etc, but in my opinion they are all very intelligent animals, but like all living species including humans, life experiences and general 'born with' traits can differ causing a 'dim or clever' attitude?
10th October 2009, 11:05 AM
Tracy i didn't see the post but what a silly thing to say!
The TB's i've owned/ met have all be very intelligent, molly in particular has a very good brain! x
My Crazy Clan
10th October 2009, 12:47 PM
I never saw the post either and I'm always here :lol:
I know hes not full TB but hes can be rather clumsy and fall over his own feet at times BUT hes the kindest, gentlest giant I've ever met and that makes up for his clumsiness.
At the end of the day its down to the individual horse, You can't paint them all in the same light.
10th October 2009, 03:18 PM
Glad to see that so far the voting is 100% intelligent :)
10th October 2009, 03:30 PM
All the TBs I've come across have been very intelligent, very sensitive creatures but I guess like with anything there must be exceptions.
10th October 2009, 03:34 PM
My TB mare was very bright. She picked things up very quickly and had a large vocabulary eg say 'step-step' and she'd do all the movements for opening and shutting a gate without further prompting. She was very generous, trusting and willing in everything she did.
On the other hand my pony is even more intelligent, BUT he doesn't like to listen to what he's being told. For instance, if we come across an unusual situation he gives the impression that he's thinking "don't bother me now, I've got this problem to sort out and when I've done that I might just listen to what you're telling me"
On the whole I think my TB was far easier to ride and look after (and she was chestnut!)
10th October 2009, 05:33 PM
I won't vote as I've not had enough experience with full TBs but tbh I think it can vary depending on the individual horse. I don't think you can say that every Connie/NF/WB is dim/slow/fizzy/etc.
10th October 2009, 08:02 PM
i wouldnt say dim, more silly than dim, they can be quite bright but get silly and show themselves up
10th October 2009, 09:09 PM
I think sometimes they are too intelligent for there own good!
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