Now, I bought the book and dvd on study the horse's facial features to determine their personality by their facial feature. I've found it very helpful because I work with so many random horse daily that I don't know, so it helps me determine what I could possibly be dealing with before I work with them. I'm very good and finding all the tiny details and what not, just not piecing it all together if that makes any sense. But hey, practice makes perfect.
So what does my mare's profile say about my mare. She has very active ears and eyes. She is always investigating every little thing.
Huh, this isn't something I have ever heard of. I'm honestly not sure how much weight this holds... Subbing to see what people say, regardless...
1st, 3rd and 4th pictures , attention forward.. perhaps at a noise or something happening in the distance... or at the camera.. lol... the second picture she just looks relaxed which is nice.
a lot can be told of a horse from its expression... what comes before the childs cry of ''' he bit me''' ??
I have watched a small pony here tense her whole body, put her ears back and hold them there, scrunch up her whole face and nose... wait ten minutes while said child annoyed her loudly... then bite the child.
well done to the pony for holding off so long.. everyone was given plenty of warning.
and they blame the pony.
this is the sort of thing that happens all the time, horses usually give fair warning of a bite or a kick if only their owners would take the care to look.
I love LT-J!! She is my hero. She has such a quiet nature, a wonderful rider, and a good author. I no longer have her books, thanks to a move, so I cannot look that up.
I suppose you will have to tell us!
What was that old 'science' of studying skulls - phrenology or such?? That's what I personally feel about studying whorls & such on horses. I agree with what Claire says above. Expressions/bodylanguage tells a lot, not IME the conformation of a horse's face. I think it just leads to approaching a horse with more of your own 'baggage' & expectations... which are often self fulfilling prophesy.
I do feel that LTJ has some very interesting & valuable knowledge & practices to pass on, but don't agree with some of it... as with most people & theories.
You can't go wrong with assessing a horse's "horsenality" by its behaviour, rather than physical characteristics. If you want to "get heavy", you can get Klaus Hempfling's book which delineates 26 horse personalities (though he does include some physical qualities that each likely will have)!
I decided to keep it simple for myself, & find that the 4 main ones in Parelli are useful. The January 2009 Savvy Club dvd has Pat's work with the 4 main types, & shows clearly the 4 ways of handling which are effective for each. I want to make it mandatory that all horsepeople watch it - lol!
I'm not saying that there's no truth to strictly physical characteristics revealing personality, but I don't feel any urgency to investigate further. If you want to be scientific about it, though, you'd have to put on your lab coat & SEE if what the book says matches what the horse is like, & observe many horses.
I like Linda's T-Touch massage but I have a hard time believing you can learn just by looking at their facial features what a horse is like. I haven't really tried it out, however, so I don't know how much weight it really holds. I feel the same as loosie in that I don't want to approach a new horse with expectations about what it should be. Instead of trying to predict what they'll be like, just go out and work with them. It gives you a pretty solid handle on their personality :-)
I hadnt heard of this before but googled it and was surprised to fidn how accurate it was for my Arab Welsh mare.
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Not only do I believe that you can tell a horses personality from its facial features and body swirls, but you can tell a persons personality from their facial features. There is even science to back up the human facial feature/personality theory.
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