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post #21 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by rookie View Post
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 agree, I see this characteristic in my gelding too. He definitely distinguishes between being punished for a transgression and being handled roughly for no reason. If he messes up on purpose he will take his licks no problem, but if he is being handled roughly/punished inappropriately... watch out.
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post #22 of 39 Old 09-25-2013, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
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
I am also INTJ, and I also prefer horses that don't run from mental pressure. I'm not good at doing the whole touchy-feely stuff for that sort of horse, getting them to trust me etc. Much prefer the challenge of getting a stubborn, dominant horse to respect me. That's just a point-scoring game.

I didn't know only 0.8% of women were INTJ! Then again I'm a strange ball-sports-loving, beer-swilling, statistics-mad nerd.
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post #23 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 02:44 AM
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I like my horses to be confident, smart and laid back but willing to walk out on the trails. Those traits probably fall in the more dominate type category and mine always like leading the trail better than following. I'm pretty much the same except my brain cells are rapidly falling by the wayside the older I get. LOL

Cannot stand to ride a horse that I feel like I could sling it over my shoulder and move down the trail faster than it can. One of mine is like that and while I'll get on her every once in a while to give her a tune-up, she's mostly used for family or friends that want to come over and ride.

I like my horse to be able to make its own decisions and for those decisions to be the right one. Things like you come to a place in the trail where the path splits around a tree. One path is muddy the other isn't...I let him choose and then he has to stick with that decision. Same thing with 2 trails up the same hill, etc... Eventually they learn to pick the right path. Hubby likes the opposite. He wants to have total control over his horse's every move.

I think our personalities do somewhat shape our horse's personalities in that we train them to behave in a way that suits us. Probably more likely to happen when it's a one on one situation and not as likely to happen with a horse who has multiple people riding or handling it. I have 9 horses but only two of them are trained for my personal tastes and one of them is now retired. It is very rare for me to let someone else ride them. The rest are trained to the usual standards.
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post #24 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom View Post
I am also INTJ, and I also prefer horses that don't run from mental pressure. I'm not good at doing the whole touchy-feely stuff for that sort of horse, getting them to trust me etc. Much prefer the challenge of getting a stubborn, dominant horse to respect me. That's just a point-scoring game.

I didn't know only 0.8% of women were INTJ! Then again I'm a strange ball-sports-loving, beer-swilling, statistics-mad nerd.
Ha, that is funny! My husband is more cuddly with my horse than I am. I am just getting to where I want to let her lay her head on me (partly because, you know, there *are* teeth in that head, lol)

I don't do the beer, love sports on occasion, but give me random trivia and puzzles and things to help fix or make and I am there... :)
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post #25 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 10:10 AM
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Henny and I are EXACTLY alike. To say it was fate for us to be together is an understatement. He is a laid-back little guy that definitely likes to kick up his heels sometimes. He'll walk up to anyone and listen to anyone, but he is only truly comfortable with me. If I tie him or hand him to someone else while we're away from home, he always tries to follow me as I'm his comfort zone. When it comes to other horses, he is low man on the pecking order. He is obedient to everyone and will chomp his face off the second they show any dominance to him. Once he's established himself, he follows the other horse around like a giant puppy dog, seeking guidance from them. He needs constant reassurance as he is a timid boy. But a pat on the neck or some good words and he will follow me through anything. He needs confidence instilled in him to feel safe enough to continue. He is always looking for a leader to show him the way. At the same time, he is a bit on the stubborn side, though that could just be his age. A fit of "I don't wanna!"'s results in a swift tap on the butt and he is obedient after being put in his place. His brain damage has altered his personality, though. He requires MORE guidance than he did before, though I am glad to provide that. He is a lot more spooky now and more hesitant to encounter new things. He has a different thought process than he did before. He's more forgetful, but is quick to learn and remember. He is just such a sweetheart, though, and I wouldn't change anything about him.

As for me, I am also a shy and timid person. I am always looking for a leader, but I and too stubborn and independent to ask for help half the time. I need confidence instilled in me, and even then I doubt myself. But if they believe in me, I should believe in myself. I am a bit of a door mat, but there comes a breaking point where it turns from helping to being taken advantage of that I don't tolerate. I am more laid back and quieter when you first meet me, but you can't get me to shut up once I'm comfortable around you. I am definitely stubborn but that is easily pushed to the side once someone talks some logic into me.

Henny and I are basically a mirror of each other. "Your horse is a mirror of your soul. Sometimes, you may not like what you see." Any time Henny acts up, I have to take a step back and think of how much we're alike. This is not me anthropomorphizing my horse, we just have similar thought processes. We both seek the same guidance and confidence in a leader. The only difference though is that when we're together, I am able to provide him with that guidance and confidence. And I think that shows just how much I love the little guy. I am willing to come out of my shell and instill in him the same guidance and confidence that I so desperately look for for myself.

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post #26 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 12:47 PM
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I would say that's true for the most part. Even in other areas of personality aside from dominance.

My family jokes that if I were a horse, I'd be Sonny (my horse) because we are just so similar in personality. He and I, it could be argued, have the same personality traits in general. This helps us work extremely well together as well. We're like connected when we're riding. It's awesome
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post #27 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 03:02 PM
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My friend and I were just talking about this the other day! I have been reading the responses and kept up with his thread and after thinking about this is the conclusion I have come to about myself and my two.

Drifter- drifter and I are like night and day but he keeps me grounded. He is more mellow and content doing small unnoticed jobs correctly, while I would rather gallop in guns blazing and steal the glory (blue ribbon, fastest barrel time, etc) and he would rather end the day knowing he accomplished some small task that involved hard work (cows, trails, etc). Drifter does not like the limelight and I thrive on it.

HOWEVER, we are both insanely independent and we both are stubborn almost to a fault. Neither one of us craves touch to show affection and would rather just enjoy a companionable silence. You have to respect our bad moods or we just get more irritable. We don't like working on the small details or precise movements (we both find dressage to be a chore) and would rather someone just point us to our job once we know what it is. I don't like people hovering over me once I know what my job is and neither does Drifter. We are also both resistant to change haha.

Whiskey- is the total opposite of Drifter. He is there for me when I have those days at thee barn where I need something to hug. He craves physical touch and never gets tired of someone rubbing on him. He is more cheeky and a littleness willing to be controlled than Drifter. I have learned to allow Whiskey his little eccentricities or otherwise every minute is a battle. He is in it for the guts and the glory which is the reason I believe he is going to make a fantastic show horse. He is confident and makes up for it where mine sometimes slips. He is very go go go high energy like me and is always up for a fun time.

Both of my guys fit my personifies in their own ways so it works out great. A friend has a gelding who is push button in every sense of the word and we do not along. I don't like a horse who questions me every second, but every once in a while to keep things interesting is nice :)
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post #28 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 03:22 PM
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I am a very friendly, confident person, but when challenged I become aggressive, headstrong and fiery. My horse is much the same way, and I love him dearly. He is very opinionated, and everyone agrees that he is me turned into a horse. I love him dearly, and trust him about as much as you can trus an animal. He works well with me, eager and willing to do as I ask. I love him, and love to ride him, but my friends all find him terrifying to handle, as they prefer calmer, more submissive animals. He realizes that they will not assert themselves, and is eager to use it against them. I guess it just depends on the person. I find calm, submissive horses unpleasant to ride, but my friends love them.
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post #29 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 04:42 PM
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I don't know what I am. I'm firm. That's the word. If I want to go one way, and Tijuana or Jenny want otherwise, we stop right there and wait until we agree to go my way. No force, We just simply continue once they give in. I don't know what that is. Tijuana, she's dominant. She's quick to pull at the reins, stubborn to move, and feisty if she cant go her way. Jenny, on the other hand, is easy to get along with- submissive. The only issue I have with her is she's stubborn to run, but I REALLY doubt that has to do with dominance.
I'd say I get along with both horses, but I prefer Tijuana as she likes to run. I've ridden her often enough and she knows that when I get on, there's no nonsense.
I suppose I'm boasting when I say I really feel confident that I cant handle a fighter (a horse who wants her/his way).

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post #30 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 04:56 PM
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I know how you feel, lilkitty. My horse can bre the same way. I know how to handle him, but my friends don't, they just don't understand how do redirect his massive amount of forward energy, and he feels trapped and goes up. As a result, I can handle challenging horses, LOL.
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