Horses, like humans, have distinctive personalities. Some horses are bold while others are timid, which can be a challenge, specifically if you need to overcome any extremes in their psychological makeup.
The keys to having a good relationship with your horse are mutual respect and trust. Both of which can be achieved by establishing rapport with each other. How do you build rapport? By getting to know your horse’s unique personality through doing a variety of activities together, this will ensure you build a solid bond with him. If you don’t take the time to get to know your horse, all your other efforts will be in vain. Read this detailed infographic from Horseland and discover your horse’s true character.
Here are some insights on the proper handling of horses with different personalities.
The Eager Beaver – You will seldom go wrong with this type of horse because he will pay attention to your commands and perform well. While it is easy to handle this type of horse, you should still be considerate and sensitive when riding him. This consideration will keep your horse energetic and dependable all the time.
The Sensitive Horse -Support and encouragement are essential to this type of horse. While a sensitive horse is obedient, he won’t be if he’s insecure or scared. Hence, you need to be the person he can have confidence in. Never intimidate a sensitive horse with aggressive action or forceful reprimands. Intimidation will cause him not to trust you.
The Nervous Nellie – This type of horse usually dislikes physical contact or touch, so you need to be extremely alert and patient when working with him. For example, you must gently slide a blanket or a rug on him because sudden motions can make him more anxious. Calm and consistent handling will encourage him to explore beyond his comfort zones.
The Overachiever – Oftentimes pushy because of its great desire to perform well, an overachiever needs a firm hand from its leader. Use a firm hand in guiding and overachiever horse. Guide him consistently about the rules he must follow and ensure you keep him from pushing into your space so that he knows that you’re the one in control.
The Quiet One – You can expect a quiet horse to behave well all the time; because he’s safe to ride, he’s great for beginner riders. Generally kind in nature, the one thing you must never do with this horse is test his patience by treating him badly.
Because every horse is different, you must take the time to observe and understand the personality of each of your horses. Patience is required from you but the time you take to get to know your horse will be well rewarded. The results will be easier training and handling of him because you’ll know what makes him tick.