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post #11 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 02:29 PM
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Ha, this is an interesting thread.
I have often been told that my horse matches me perfectly. Which is how I ended up buying a horse a couple of years sooner than I planned.
We like to say she has ADHD/oh shiny syndrome- she can stand still when absolutely required- and I do require it at times. But she knows if I didn't demand it, she can be wiggly. Which is identical to me. Nothing diagnosed, don't care either way, but I just mean easily distractable, pays attention to more than one thing at a time.
She is super laid back, which isn't always like me. When I first got her I was super nervous frequently with her, as it was all so new. She was just turning 3 then. She quickly learned that my quicker nervous energy way of being wasn't anything to be worried about, and has never been reactive to it. Tho she obviously responded better to me once I calmed down my nerves.
She is very curious. On trail rides she is the first usually to go investigate the new odd thing, which is just like me. Tho she usually has to try to eat it, thankfully I outgrew that stage, lol.
She can't walk a straight line to save her life... I am sure they fact that I am just as bad or worse, probably is not helping that!
You should never put a green rider and a green horse together, but since she was such a level headed girl, I have to say that I am really glad that our trainer/friend who started her realized that there was something there between the two of us that would just work, because it does. :)
Any my husband's horse matches him to a T as well. :)
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post #12 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 02:47 PM
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I've always thought horses sometimes take after their owners, I guess it's what they're use to dealing with.

I'm a pretty confident and laid back type of person and my horses are pretty laid back.

Oh the other hand there's a woman at the barn who's a worry-er, and her filly is always a little spooky and high strung.

Though I don't know what it says about my BO, every horse she owns likes to smell people's neck.
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post #13 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 02:51 PM
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I'm a black and white, passionate person, that is determined to the point of stubborn, I have a bit of a temper and I'm easily bored.

I like most horses, and have owned all types. at present I have a very dominant, hot headed arab. we are like the same creature in two different bodies. I also have Pickles, who is super submissive. I say "go!" to my arab and I get a set of pinned ears and a "you-better-ask-nicely" glare. I say the same thing to Pickles and I get " Yes Ma'am, right now!". I'll be honest, I get bored with Pickles. I keep expecting her to try something or argue and all I get is a "yes ma'am!". My favorite horse out of all my BO'd is the alpha mare of the herd, and a firey brat. I have a blast on her.

I like the challenge a dominant horse presents, but I only like 'honest' types. I don't like the unpredictable ones. I'm black and white, and I prefer my horses to be, too.
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post #14 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 02:59 PM
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Yes I do definitely notice there are certain types of horses I work well with versus those that I struggle a bit more to work with.
As someone who hangs a shingle as a coach/trainer it is up to me to identify the type of horse and then systematically apply different exercises to improve the way of going - either from the ground coaching, or in the saddle. So I have to be able to work with an array of personalities.

My Meyers Briggs is INTJ (although I really should re take it) which is introverted, intuitive, thinking and judging, but I am near the middle of the road on intro/extroversion and judging/perceiving. Basically, this means although I am quiet I am quite thoughtful and can act quickly with a sense of competence and confidence. So my favorite horses are those who are calm, dominant and who many others find to be difficult because they will not be forced into a program. My most difficult horses are those who flee from mental pressure and who do not do well with a kind of regimented approach. I see things very linearly - often horses with a higher flight than fight do not and require a bit more of a free spirit in thought.

If anyone is interested in doing Meyers Briggs, as any intro business course usually has you do, its free at a couple places. Personality test based on C. Jung and I. Briggs Myers type theory is one.

It's interesting if not helpful in understanding our decisions versus others, and can also be useful in identifying who one would work well with (there is a chart of this somewhere online).

They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
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post #15 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 03:02 PM
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Yes I do definitely notice there are certain types of horses I work well with versus those that I struggle a bit more to work with.
As someone who hangs a shingle as a coach/trainer it is up to me to identify the type of horse and then systematically apply different exercises to improve the way of going - either from the ground coaching, or in the saddle. So I have to be able to work with an array of personalities.

My Meyers Briggs is INTJ (although I really should re take it) which is introverted, intuitive, thinking and judging, but I am near the middle of the road on intro/extroversion and judging/perceiving. Basically, this means although I am quiet I am quite thoughtful and can act quickly with a sense of competence and confidence. So my favorite horses are those who are calm, dominant and who many others find to be difficult because they will not be forced into a program. My most difficult horses are those who flee from mental pressure and who do not do well with a kind of regimented approach. I see things very linearly - often horses with a higher flight than fight do not and require a bit more of a free spirit in thought.

If anyone is interested in doing Meyers Briggs, as any intro business course usually has you do, its free at a couple places. Personality test based on C. Jung and I. Briggs Myers type theory is one.

It's interesting if not helpful in understanding our decisions versus others, and can also be useful in identifying who one would work well with (there is a chart of this somewhere online).
I need to find my college results for this and then take it again now! lol
Think our horses could take it?! lol
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post #16 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 03:13 PM
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I need to find my college results for this and then take it again now! lol
Think our horses could take it?! lol
Would be fun to take it FOR our horses lol :P

I just re took and am still part of the elite 0.8% of women world wide who are INTJ. One of the descriptions really spoke to me - everything is like a puzzle or problem and there is always a linear way to a solution. Or should I say - linear to me solution :P

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post #17 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 03:20 PM
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Would be fun to take it FOR our horses lol :P

I just re took and am still part of the elite 0.8% of women world wide who are INTJ. One of the descriptions really spoke to me - everything is like a puzzle or problem and there is always a linear way to a solution. Or should I say - linear to me solution :P
Okay that is insane!! I just took it again, one of the ones online- I also am INTJ!! Didn't realize that was elite. LOL I would venture I was probably nearly the same when I was in college.
I have noticed I don't meld well with most women... maybe that is the same thing?!
And your quote is quite accurate. It makes sense to you, the way you got there, right?! That sounds about like my life mantra... esp. when my husband asks how exactly I ended up in the conclusion/situation I am in when I need help- well, it seemed great in theory on my way there! lol And yes, everything is a puzzle- funny, my horse is always messing with stuff, like she is trying to figure out what to do with it.. kinda similar, but kinda reaching too maybe, lol.
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I defiantly have a type of horse I click with. My horses are dominant in the pecking order. I always get the independent horse who seems to almost like people more than other horses at times. My gelding is laid back and easy going, he learns quick but he's still not a dead head. He gets prancey at times, he's cocky, but he's behaved. Loves people, he's mean to other horses, and sometimes people as well in a fun way. That's how some of my best horses have been.

As for me, I'm independent, easy going but won't take no for an answer in riding. I get the results I want. And I've noticed I don't click with the horses who get scared easily, or have to much of a non willing streak, or the ones who are to laid back. I like a personality.
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post #19 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 05:47 PM
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This is funny because my mare and I are very alike. She share all the horrible traits. She is stubborn and sometimes you need to convince her that it was her idea to do something. She is also loyal to all ends of the earth, if you are her friend she will move the world for you. If you get on her bad side, she will hold a grudge like no other animal I have ever met. I think she has an innate sense of justice and fairness (others don't agree with me but I don't think they are being fair in their thought processes). I think it takes a lot to get on her bad side, but it has been done before. Once you are on her bad side you have very little hope of getting back on her good side. She extends this to equipment too. If you ask her to something in a leather halter or nylon halter she is ears up or neutral does it quick. If you ask her to do that same thing in a rope halter, ears back, resistant and she will pitch a little fit about it. The person who really got her bad side used a rope halter. I hate education "games" I spent years being taught to type using a "typing is fun" program and hated it. I got into school had a teacher say "you are learning to type, its not fun but its useful" no problem and I type faster than I can write now.

My gelding is a more needy, sensitive guy. He requires someone with confidence and I am not crazy confident. I am capable but having to constantly reassure him that the world is not ending is actually very tiresome. The mare just does not give a **** if you don't feel comfortable. She regards your lack of comfort as your problem she is going to take care of herself and you so you need to stop worrying. The gelding is a great ego boost because I can see his progress and I can see my efforts pay off in him very quickly.

If given the choice between the two though I pick the mare every time. I get her and she gets me. She is the one I go to war on and trust to carry me into battle.
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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.
Well, this explains why I like clever horses
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