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    09-25-2013, 01:17 AM
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Horse and Human Personality "Types"?

My friend and I were talking about this in the car.

We noticed that I am a very dominant rider/handler, and I ride two very dominant mares with strong personalities. They are the two best horses I ever rode, and would say they are the ones I get along with best.

My friend, on the other hand, has a very submissive personality and rides a very submissive horse. She can say the same for that horse.

I can understand a submissive rider needing a submissive horse, but I would have imagined a dominant person would like a submissive horse.

Do you guys have a certain personality type in a horse you look for? If you have multiple horses, do you see that they have similar or differing personalities? And how would you describe your own personality in match with your horse's?
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    09-25-2013, 02:28 AM
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I'd say I'm rather dominant in the way I handle horses as well. Or, really, I'm very laid back-confident in the way I handle horses. I don't fight, I don't take "no" for an answer, and I don't get excited.
I suppose it should be said that as a person, in my daily life, I am more likely to 'give' rather than fight. I have a few strongly held beliefs that I won't give up for anything, but most other things I'll say "ok, whatever you say" before getting to the argument stage. I wouldn't call myself exactly 'dominant', but I'm absolutely not a push-over.

My preferred types of horses would be either REALLY dominant but not confident, or more submissive-sensitive. I find I really enjoy+work well with horses that feed off my confidence and NEED my confidence to perform their best.
I have a hard time working with naturally confident horses, mostly because the confidence I put out is more an act than anything - as in, I find myself easily intimidated by horses that are uber confident. I try not to but, when working with a dominant-confident horse, I begin to feel like that squirrel off Ice Age. Scrambling all over, fighting a losing battle. Onlookers don't see that, I guess, but I sure feel it and I know the horse does too = not a good combo. I always come through in the end but I hate wondering if I might 'lose'.
I have to work with one of those^ at work and boy, it is the worst. It's getting better but I haaaaate that horse.
I greatly enjoy horses that put up a "big bad" front but are really huuuuge wusses. Basically I like horses that do what I do to them, to me. 1. I think it's hilarious and 2. I enjoy harnessing that sort of 'fire' and using it for my purposes. I do find that sort of 'on your toes-ness' tiring on the long term and I'm not sure if I would want to own a horse like that, but I sure love working with a horse like that everyday.

Lacey is submissive-sensitive, but she will take the dominant role if no one else steps up. I can't really do her personality justice with words, but she's truly just what I need. Smart, capable, needs me as much as I need her, and sensitive to my every request.
I can let down my guard with her too because, though she needed my confidence in the beginning, she's now on to trusting herself most of the time. She still has times when she needs her "security blanket" -me- but most of the time she's good on her own. That to me is the most rewarding - she still needs me, but as a result of our connection, she knows how to react properly to things instead of losing her mind like she used to.
     
    09-25-2013, 05:14 AM
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I'm a 'loud' person. My movements are big. I talk loudly - not shouting really, just a loud voice. I have big hand gestures. That really means I fit well with dominant horses like Brock - I need to have that level of confidence and assurance in my movements to keep them in line. My friend, on the other hand, is a very quiet person. Gentle voice, soft hands etc. She's really not confident or loud enough to keep a dominant horse in line, but she fitted perfectly with her submissive little mare, who was scared of the slightest thing when she was first purchased. I was much too loud for the mare in the beginning, she'd jump if I clicked my fingers or spoke a little too loudly. She gained trust and confidence over a few months and was even able to like being around me, but I can see why a dominant person may not be suited to a submissive horse. I don't think I'd be the best-placed person to help a nervous animal.
     
    09-25-2013, 06:28 AM
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That is an interesting observation. I don't have a preference. With 7 horses I have a horse that fits into each category, and then some. I adjust my energy to the horse, and reward the slightest try, but have to realize when they are really trying or when they are just chumping me. The dominant lazy one I have to up my energy, the submissive reactive one lower my energy and be quick to release the pressure, dominant reactive never let my guard down and accept every little try.

Regardless of your personality and your horse you have to adjust to them. Some people will not change to accommodate their horse and that is how people run into problems. And that is why some horses and some people will never be a good match. Every horse is not suited for every rider and every rider is not suited for every horse.
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    09-25-2013, 08:32 AM
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I have a book all about the "four main" horse personalities that you may find interesting... if I remember right it is called Ride the Right Horse. It goes into evaluating your own personality and that of your horse to figure out how to better your relationship, and why some horses work better with some folks than others. Don't know how much good it'll do someone, but it was very interesting.

I do agree that some horses just have personalities that don't mesh well with certain people. Doesn't mean that there's something wrong with either party necessarily, but that there may be a better match. Sometimes you've just gotta ride what you have though!!
     
    09-25-2013, 10:16 AM
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My horse and I have very, very similar personalities. I call it our "redhead" connection. I don't know if this is because I've raised her since birth, fate, or that we have the same color hair, haha. XD

Most of the horses I have connected to are left brain horses, my last horse was an LB introvert, and my yearling is an LB extrovert - which I like a lot more. But that's an 8 year difference in my life, so the type of horse I needed with the skills that I had when I was 16 may have changed quite a bit from the horse I need now that I'm 22 and more skilled. However I am a more submissive person and I like dominant horses, mainly because I need something that I feel can take care of me when I'm scared.
     
    09-25-2013, 10:45 AM
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This is a neat thread.

I have my two girls right now, a 5 1/2 year old mare and 23.5 month old filly. On first glance they are SO different from each other that its ridiculous. My mare is definitely dominant, and she'll quickly become dominant-aggressive if she feels like someone will let her. Though she hasn't shown her aggressive side in years, I know its there. She has a very active mind and constantly needs to have a job to do or she gets bored, and she absolutely demands a confident handler or she'll take over, no questions asked. My filly is very nervous but desperately wants to please you. If you know how to keep her head from creating monsters, she is super easy going and intelligent, but if you are a wimpy leader she can tell and she panics because she has no leader and has no wish at ALL to be the leader herself, so she literally just crawls out of her skin. That being said, my two sound so different from each other, right? But at their core, they really aren't.

Some how, I get along great with both of them, and I think its because they actually are alike when you get to the bottom of it. Both require a leader, and a leader is what they have. Their reactions to NOT having a leader are different...one becomes aggressive because she doesn't know how to handle leadership (think evil tyrant...LOL), and one flips her lid because she's sure she'll die without a leader to protect her, but they both do SO well when they do have one. They work hard, are ultra intelligent, and retain things well....but only if you can prove that you are a worthy leader. If you don't stand up to my mare and say "No, I know what is best and I can prove it to you every day" she backtracts. If you don't take over and say "Hey, its ok. I'm a born leader; I'll protect you" to my filly, she backtracks too.

And some how, my personality fits them both well. I have no idea what you would CALL my personality, but I've just always been a leader...but not the kind that shoves leadership in your face. I actually usually don't even start out trying to become the leader of something, I just end up being it because I see that the role is empty or ill-managed, and can usually fix it. I'm capable of being submissive if the leadership is genuine and running smoothly, and I can fill the shoes of leader too. My two girls obviously need leadership because they can't manage it themselves, so I'm able to take that place as they type of leader that they individually need. And with both of them, after the initial 'trial period', my calm resolve not to back down seems to work great.

There are certain horse (and person) personality types that I just clash with. I absolutely hate working with laziness. Whether its a lazy horse that only half tries at everything or a procrastinating, lazy person, I have no use for them. Its one thing for them to be confused and needing me to teach them what I want- its another to downright not care if they make me happy or get the job done right.
     
    09-25-2013, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by oh vair oh    
My horse and I have very, very similar personalities. I call it our "redhead" connection. I don't know if this is because I've raised her since birth, fate, or that we have the same color hair, haha. XD

Most of the horses I have connected to are left brain horses, my last horse was an LB introvert, and my yearling is an LB extrovert - which I like a lot more. But that's an 8 year difference in my life, so the type of horse I needed with the skills that I had when I was 16 may have changed quite a bit from the horse I need now that I'm 22 and more skilled. However I am a more submissive person and I like dominant horses, mainly because I need something that I feel can take care of me when I'm scared.
I don't think that this necessarily has to be the case. That's kind of confusing a confident horse for a dominant one. A calm, confident, submissive horse can still perform well under "scary" situations. Not trying to tell you what you need to like in a horse though, lol. Just that a timid rider shouldn't necessarily look for a dominant horse to get them through the scary times!
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    09-25-2013, 11:32 AM
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I don't think that this necessarily has to be the case. That's kind of confusing a confident horse for a dominant one. A calm, confident, submissive horse can still perform well under "scary" situations. Not trying to tell you what you need to like in a horse though, lol. Just that a timid rider shouldn't necessarily look for a dominant horse to get them through the scary times!
Ahah, that's probably more true. I just tend to gravitate to horses that stop when things get scarey, instead of bolting or being overly reactive. But I think that more coincides with the horse stopping to listen to my direction, not necessarily because its being dominant... Thanks for that insight :)
     
    09-25-2013, 11:52 AM
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Weanling
I don't know about personality types exactly, but my gelding is what I consider to be a "thinker". Not very reactive (although he does have his moments) and more inclined to stop and watch then explode. He's also a bit of a bully and needs constant subtle reminding about who moves who's feet. He loves attention and "drama". We get along very well - I spank him when he needs it and treat him with respect at all times. I haven't read too much about this concept since most of the literature about horse respect involves getting the horse to respect you. I do require that he behave respectfully to me at all times or face consequences, but I am a benevolent dictator and not a tyrant. He responds positively to benevolent dictatorship, but has a definite sense of justice and will not tolerate tyranny. Since I can be a bit of a bully myself, he is exactly what I need to keep me in line and make me a better person as well as a horse handler.

My mare is very submissive and nervous and still doesn't trust people at all, but we're making progress. I'm still trying to wrap my head around her personality.
     

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