Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I think the biggest problem with Horsenality is that people read each of the four quadrants and immediately start pointing out how their horse doesn't fit into any one category. I did it as well when I was super anti-Parelli. People LOOK for reasons for it to be inaccurate.
However, no horse is meant to fit into a section like a peg in a custom hole. If you read every section, and pull out parts of your horses personality and then compare it to the training problems/successes you may have based on that personality, all it really does is help round out your understanding of equine behavior.
Just by READING the chart, and understanding which personality traits correlate to which training problems/successes is a HUGE piece of education that I don't think anybody could go wrong with understanding. Nobody is saying it has to replace anything, it's simply a guided tool to help people new to equine psychology and behavior understand a little better why or why not their horse may do a certain thing, and how they can better help their horse learn.
I am an experienced rider/trainer who's been in the saddle for every one of my 25 years. And I STILL make the mistake of expecting the same results out of my horses sometimes. I've spent my entire life working with Arabians, and purchasing a Paint was a HUGE shock to my system - none of my methods worked, and we were getting nowhere. I had to drastically alter everything I knew about training to apply it to this horse who is so opposite my Arab it isn't even funny.
I did it without the help of Parelli, but how many of us are stuck in a rut because we're not thinking far enough outside the box? Reading the Horsenality quadrant afterwards had me laughing at how many things were dead on based on my two mares and all my difficulties and success with them.
You'll never become a superb horse trainer unless you absorb ALL the education and information you can. You may never use it, but it never hurts to know it.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.