Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Peralli Horsenality™

Horsenality™ is something that Pat and Linda Parelli developed to help you better understand your horse’s individual behavior and temperament characteristics. Usually I don't say I train this certain style or that certain style. I generally borrow from whatever seems to work the best for the particular situation. I did find this chart neat to look at and fun though.

To identify your horse's "horsenality," consider every trait listed on the chart and make a dot on the specific ring that best corresponds to your horse. For example, if your horse is extremely playful, you would put a dot on the outer "extreme" ring under this trait. If he is non-responsive, but only some of the time, you would put a dot on the middle "moderate" ring by this trait. Some of the traits may not apply to your horse at all. You can have dots in different quadrants, but the vast majority of horses will end up with most of their dots in one quadrant, which reveals that horse's Horsenality.  Basically there is four categories.

The Right Brain Extrovert needs safety. Never push him past the threshold until he's calm. You will need to retreat and to interrupt the pattern. You must have a strong focus and must match the horse's high energy level. Give him a job to accomplish to replace his fear with something positive. He must think of you as his "safe place."

The Right Brain Introvert needs comfort. The worst thing you can do is push this horse before he's confident. You'll ruin his trust in you if you push him before he's ready. Taking your time is important because you'll need to wait on this horse to process things. He needs to believe in you.

The Left Brain Extrovert needs play. He craves creative, imaginative tasks and can't stand to be forced into anything. Because he hates to be bored, you'll need to speed things up, be enthusiastic and come up with variety in your lessons. Allegro falls into the Left Brain Extrovert category.

The Left Brain Introvert needs incentive. There are plenty of ways to offer incentive without "bribing" him. (Think rest, grazing, treats, scratches.) This horse needs to have a purpose and wants to go somewhere. Riding circles in an area with this horse will lead to resistance and defiance. Use reverse psychology for best results.

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1 comment:

  1. My mustang, Beautiful, falls in the Right Brain Extrovert category. That's an interesting chart. They are right that you can't push these types of horses beyond their safety threshold without retreating. And, instinctively, I've largely kept her out of the herd so that she recognizes me as her safe place more than them. Hopefully, we can find a compromise as she becomes more confident--which seems to be happening this year as she's turning four.