Much like humans, horses have personalities too. There are a few signs that can key you in to your horse's personality type. In this article, we will discuss how to identify the type of horse you have based on their temperament and how to improve your interactions with your horse.
Friendly horses can be very social and curious about others in their environment. They enjoy playing with other horses, especially while they are young. Some friendly horses can be too playful, almost similar to a child with A.D.H.D. They may try to make sure they are getting the most attention from fellow horses and humans alike. While they are quite the entertainers, they can be easily distracted when in training and quick to ignore commands in favor of more fun activities. Not all friendly horses are problematic, though. Some are simply social and not prone to mischief. These are one of the easiest of the personalities to train. It's important to give them rewards for following instructions like being petted and fed treats.
The next type of horse is the polar opposite. It is the unsocial horse. Keep in mind, unsocial does not mean anti-social. These horses can come across as being relatively lazy, because they aren't quick to react to the actions or presence of others. A horse with this particular personality tends to be content on its own. Some unsocial horses can be very stubborn to respond to any stimuli in the outside world. They behave in a way that is consistent in most elderly horses. The key is positive reinforcements and lots of patience when it comes to training unsocial horses. An unsocial horse may eventually warm up to a human they bond with, but the interactions will typically be much more limited than what you will see in a friendly horse.
A horse with a timid personality will take a while to warm up to you. They aren't particularly mean and would usually rather run from danger than attack. The problem with this type of horse is that they may feel in danger much more often than they should. When exposed to new or unexpected stimuli, they may be extremely jumpy. For this type of horse, they will need a committed trainer with the time and patience to build trust with the horse. They will need to be gentle and be able to recognize the horse's comfort zone and gradually ease in until the horse is ready to be trained on a closer level. Especially while the horse is being trained, it is important not to get too close to a timid horse during a thunderstorm or while other loud activities are going on. This could frighten the horse and it could injure you accidentally. One of the best qualities about this kind of horse is its loyalty. After trust is gained with its trainer, it is usually one of the most obedient of the all the personality types.
The last type of horse can be one of the most difficult horses to train. It is the horse with a rigid personality. The rigid horse exudes confidence and after its training is complete, it can be one of its owner's greatest performers. Prior to be fully trained, the rigid horse can be quite aggressive. It tends to be dominant over fellow horses and can sense intimidation in uncertain trainers. This type of horse will need a trainer who can take control and put the rigid horse in its place whenever it steps out of line. The trainer must also maintain the horse so that it knows to respect the other horses it will have contact with. This trainer will need to be experienced and know how to be firm without over-stepping when the horse is defiant.
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