Is your horse a Rock
Star? A Lone Wolf? A Macho Man? By combining
the eight personality traits - Dominant or Submissive, Energetic or
Lazy, Curious or Afraid, Friendly or Aloof - sixteen possible personalities
Is your horse Dominant (D) or Submissive (S)? How much control does he
need in his world? Where is he in the pecking order? In the top half,
the bottom half? The Dominant horse wants control while the Submissive
horse needs a solid leader.
Is your horse Energetic (E) or Lazy (L)? How much effort does your horse
put into his work, his life and his play? Energetic horses are expressive
and enthusiastic, giving the impression that they could go all day. Lazy
horses are generally laid back offering short bursts of energy when and
Is your horse Curious (C) or Afraid (A)? How does your horse approach
his life and his learning? How does he handle new things in his life?
Is he the bold, curious one that has to touch everything new that he
sees? Or is he the tentative one, hanging back, waiting for someone else
to go first, waiting to see if they come back alive? Curious horses learn
quickly and bore just as quickly. They love variety in their learning
and activities and they generally love going new places. Afraid horses
prefer repetion and need to be kept safe. They learn slowly and can maintain
the focus needed to master technical skills.
Is your horse Friendly (F) or Aloof (A)? How is he motivated? Friendly
horses are motivated by the relationship while Aloof horses are motivated
by the job or task. The Friendly horse is personable, interactive and
communicative. He is trying to figure you out, and usually trying to
please you. He loves attention. The Aloof horse is the introvert.Because
he is a horse he will not want to be totally alone as he needs the heard
to feel safe. But you will find him on the fringe of most activities.
Click on the picture to take you to a brief
description and some helpful Do's and Don'ts. Take the Personality
Quiz. For more detailed information on horse personalities,
refer to Dessa Hockley's book, Is Your Horse
a Rock Star? Understanding Your Horse's Personality.