I am sure this book has been covered by bloggers a hundred ways from Sunday but I just had to get my two bits in on this one! "Is Your Horse A Rock Star?" is a book by Dessa Hockley that looks to classify horseinality profiles... it is the equine equivalent of the Meyers-Brigg personality test.
I think it is a positively brilliant way to better understand your horse and could be used to determine the suitably of a horse you are considering for purchase.
It basically works like this: there are sixteen different personality categories. To determine which category a horse falls into you must decide if he is...
1. Dominant (D) or Submissive (S)
2. Energetic (E) or Lazy (L)
3. Curious (C) or Afraid (A)
4. Friendly (F) or Aloof (A)
The four characteristics you pick correlate to a horseinality profile.
So, for instance, my old horse Rocky was Submissive (S), Energetic (E), Afraid (A) and Friendly (F) which made him a SEAF "The People Pleaser".
Click here for more info on the various types.
But if you are like me, (one who thinks things to death) I had to wonder how much of a horses personality was as a result of nature vs.nurture. How do you account for abuse? For lack of exposure and training? I found it fairly easy to peg little JW as he is so virgin and untouched... his view of the world is so direct and unencumbered. Figuring out a horse like Abby with her history of being pushed through training is a little more difficult. Or is it? I had a gelding who was at the top of the pecking order in one herd and at the very bottom of another. I had one who had to be in the lead when on familiar ground but fell to the back of the pack when things became stressful. I found my horses all fell in to multiple categories but there was still a lot of truth in the descriptions of each.
After all, horses are never an exact science.
How accurate did you find the horsinality quiz?
Update: watch the video!