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post #31 of 39 Old 09-26-2013, 11:13 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 got INTJ as well lol! Either it's more common then they want people to think or maybe it's just more common in horse people lol. I don't have a horse but after reading this I'm dying to know what horse personality would mesh and be a good fit with me. I can't even speculate at this point. A very interesting topic to read, that's for sure
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post #32 of 39 Old 09-27-2013, 04:14 AM
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makes sence...i get the poops pretty easy and so does miover LOL

and we both make stupid choices

he annoys the older horses and wonders why he gets kicked..and he goes straight back to annoy the horses again and gets kicked again

we both show signs of insanity..doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result
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post #33 of 39 Old 09-27-2013, 08:32 AM
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This is interesting. I am a pretty quiet person by nature but I like to be in control. I prefer my horses sensitive and forward and obedient. I can't stand horses that are too timid, or too stubborn and dominant. I am a pretty uncomplicated rider. I don't ask a lot of my mount. But I want to know that I can count on them if I did.
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post #34 of 39 Old 09-27-2013, 11:18 AM
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I got INTJ as well lol! Either it's more common then they want people to think or maybe it's just more common in horse people lol. I don't have a horse but after reading this I'm dying to know what horse personality would mesh and be a good fit with me. I can't even speculate at this point. A very interesting topic to read, that's for sure
When I did the test in my management class which was about 80 people I was the only INTJ other than the prof if remember correctly.. must be a horse people thing?
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post #35 of 39 Old 09-27-2013, 11:23 AM
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When I did the test in my management class which was about 80 people I was the only INTJ other than the prof if remember correctly.. must be a horse people thing?
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I could totally see certain personalities being more fitting in certain settings- whether it is the horse environment, or being on the HF itself, or something totally different. And also think of how many people there are in horses, and how many different personality horses there are... I bet it isn't necessarily an exaggeration or lie on the part of the test, though it would seem it in this moment, from our comments.
Still neat to see how we all perceive ourselves and our horses. And the poster with Miover- that you both get the poops- that is hilarious... so honestly truthful... and true.. if that makes sense? I have always said I hate certain types of confrontation... makes me wanna pee and run away.. lol.. so I hear you on that one!
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Horses are the mirror to our souls could be all the energy that horses pickup from us that makes a horse like its owner
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Humm... I like to think I'm a confident person. I can be kind of loud at times and expect things to always go smoothly. I am disappointed when they do not. My horse and I meshed very well because he was a confident horse with a playful side. He wasn't necessarily dominant, but more of a sure I can do that kind of guy. Every once in a while his playful side would come out. I can ride dominant horses, but I don't enjoy it. I don't like having my riding partner look for me to make a mistake and then jump on it for dominance. It takes the fun out of riding. Passive and nervous horses are ok as well. I like that they easily accept my leadership, but I prefer not to have to drive them constantly or reassure them. I like them to have an innate self assurance.

Strength is not defined by physical ability. It is determined by your actions and the compassion of your soul.

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The horse I used to lease was the dominant horse in the herd as is my horse, Willow. I seem to get along with them best.
Both are confident, forward moving, social and thinking horses. Both enjoy work, their people, and puzzles. Both are ruthless when cornered.
I'm a confident rider in most situations. I'm not good at faking things though so when I'm nervous its hard for me not to show it, but I know what I know and trust what I can do. I'm firm, but non confrontational and more apt to redirect than push.
My lease horse and Willow actually enjoy doing, being with their people, and puzzles. Even when I had problems with them I felt like we were a team working towards a common goal.
I don't get along with Mona as much. She's a follower, not confident, would rather be left alone, and is lazy. She has a strong flight instinct and will always run 1st before her brain kicks in. She thrives on routine and could probably do the same thing all day with no issue. But when you get her out of her comfort zone, she sullys up and is a bear to get going again. In those situations, she'll do what you ask but she really makes you work for it.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.

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post #39 of 39 Old 09-28-2013, 10:05 AM
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Humm... I like to think I'm a confident person. I can be kind of loud at times and expect things to always go smoothly. I am disappointed when they do not. My horse and I meshed very well because he was a confident horse with a playful side. He wasn't necessarily dominant, but more of a sure I can do that kind of guy. Every once in a while his playful side would come out. I can ride dominant horses, but I don't enjoy it. I don't like having my riding partner look for me to make a mistake and then jump on it for dominance. It takes the fun out of riding. Passive and nervous horses are ok as well. I like that they easily accept my leadership, but I prefer not to have to drive them constantly or reassure them. I like them to have an innate self assurance.
Bagheera, this nearly describes my horse perfectly. I never could figure out how to say that she is a happy girl and just expects things to go well, but wasn't a dominant personality. You did it for me. :) it also suits me rather well a lot of times, tho I can get stupidly nervous when in new situations with my horse, esp. if it is just my husband and I. If it is with some gf's, then I tend to be more laid back with it.
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