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post #11 of 15 Old 07-15-2014, 03:57 PM
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i can't stand anthropomorphism - annoys the crap out of me when people do voices for their animals, or dress their animals up in cutesy outfits for no other reason than to look cute ---- if it is cold and they need blanketed or need a sweater ... cool -- if it is 90 degrees and you have your dog in a tutu, you have a problem

but i do see good reason to match temperments and personalities with work partners
The best thing for a horse trainer to do is remain emotionally detached, which is something that has taken me many many years to accomplish. However it's caused problems with my personal pets. I only rarely get attached to animals now.

I've been through 2 companion pets I've bought for my dog Hugo. My Hugo is my world and I keep trying to find something that is suitable to keep him company while I am not at home. I've tried a cat and a pug. Well, I gave the cat back to the shelter after a month and I gave the pug away after 3 months. I didn't even think twice about it. All my friends were how could you. To me, they are just animals. Nothing more. Neither of those animals did anything for me.

It's interesting to me to watch people interact with their animals in daily life. You can always tell the trainers from the bleeding hearts. Hugo IS my world and my baby. However, he is a dog and that will never change. He can keep up with my demanding personality which is probably why I fancy him so much. I even considered giving him back to the breeder at 7 months because he wasn't getting tall enough.
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-15-2014, 06:00 PM
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i can't stand anthropomorphism - annoys the crap out of me when people do voices for their animals, or dress their animals up in cutesy outfits for no other reason than to look cute ---- if it is cold and they need blanketed or need a sweater ... cool -- if it is 90 degrees and you have your dog in a tutu, you have a problem

but i do see good reason to match temperments and personalities with work partners
Well put JMike.
The military doesn't put just any dog with any handler- they have to go through a trial period to be sure they are compatible. If not, then onto the next combination of dog and handler.
This is the logic I use in my comments. My mare and I have very well matched temperaments and wants out of life. By wants in life, I mean that I have no desire to go jump, and I don't think she would enjoy it either. I want to trail ride, she loves trail riding.
One day I want to chase/pen/etc. cows, just for fun; I think she would enjoy it. If she didn't though, I certainly would not force her, because what is the fun in it then?
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-15-2014, 07:25 PM
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I have owned and/or ridden many horses in my life. Many of them I got were problem animals and in my price range because of it and I have to say I got along with almost all of them. Some took a lot longer to work through their problems but all seemed to work out in the end. I learned a lot from them as well and some horses I liked better than others but I never had a horse that I really didn't like.
I never try to treat any horse like a person, I always treat them like horses and tried to understand their point of view and why they did what they did and work from that perspective.
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-15-2014, 07:33 PM
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I was once in my younger years an experienced and confident rider, I could and would get on any horse. After a seven year hiatus, I overestimated my abilities and took on not one but two green horses. They kind of put me back a step or two and now I doubt myself much more often than I would. Compatibility is very important but so is ability, some horses will ride great for certain people and not so much for others, and then some people will get almost any horse to ride great.
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-15-2014, 08:03 PM
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I completely agree. This is something I see often where I work and where/when I train people's horses. I can usually get along with most horses, I'm assertive and 'bossy' but soft when needed.

For instance I can only not ride certain horses. Throw me up on a skittish horse I'm fine, a lead horse and I'm fine, a horse in between I'm fine. However there's one TWH who's a lead horse and I cannot for the life of me ride him. A meeker rider who also works with me can ride him perfect. It's a personality thing and sometimes riders (and trainers) have to realize when they just don't get along.

My boss (a trainer) has one horse out of thirty that she can't touch, can't ride, can't do anything or train him to do anything. I can throw a saddle on him, and he goes fine for me. She and him just do not get along. But it's hard to explain that to the owners/clients when they ask what their problem is (or the horse's) and you have to tell them that they don't get along!

I had a client today tell me that it was impossible for horses to be like this because they don't have personalities. I had to explain to her that even in my limited experience working with them horses can and do in fact have personalities even though they are horses.
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