I really like Dr. Ward’s Five-Element typing for horses it makes a lot of sense. As a trainer I feel it is so important to recognize that each horse is an individual and they all learn differently. When working with my clients and their horse’s I always take into consideration the different personalities and how each horse and owner learns. Based on this information I develop a training program for both the owner and the horses success.
After you read this article tell me in the comments below what type is your horse, I’d love to hear from you.
Horse Temperament Typing – Why Bother With It?
By Madalyn Ward, DVM
Have you ever marveled at how a good, professional horse trainer can get your equine to do all the things he will not do for you. Not only that, but they make it look so easy. It’s maddening. Most professionals don’t spend much time with horse temperament typing so we should we?
Well, even though a good, professional trainer may not have studied Five-Element typing they instinctively read equines and type them. A talented, professional trainer has worked with hundreds if not thousands of different horses. Relationship with individual horses is not so important because the equine understands what he is supposed to do and he gets consistent feedback from the professional trainer.
Amateur Owners and Temperament Typing
You and I, on the other hand, have our few horses to learn from and with. We will make lots of mistakes and without a strong relationship with our horse misunderstandings came escalate quickly to divorce proceedings!
Here are some tips for making up for our mistakes with each horse temperament type so we can stay in the relationship long enough to make progress in training: [Read more…]