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[RC] re: horse personalities - Michelle Aquilino

I don't think I read the original post for this, but one of the responses sparked something in me.? Upon reading (what I think is) the original post, I found the originator:? "We want to be paired with a horse whose natural behavior patterns allow us to stay within our own natural comfort zones as much as possible".
I would comment on this, in that depends on how much you want to learn and grow from your horse.? When I was looking for my first horse, I knew nothing else other than "I want a horse I feel safe riding out on the trail alone with".? If I had delved further into my own personality and what horse personality would best mesh with my own, I would have NEVER gotten the horse I ended up with, lol.? We've had our ups and downs, but we're bonded now, she (mostly) understands me, I (mostly, ha ha) understand her, I love her to pieces, and I can't imagine myself with any other.
There is a difference between being pushed out of your "natural comfort zone" (ie with me - needing to learn to be more dominant, the alpha mare, which I am not "naturally") and being pushed out of the "safety comfort zone" (ie with me - needing a solid horse, with whom I can feel safe out on the trail alone).
Finding Love, your (horse) "soul mate", is not formulaic, just as it isn't in the people world.? There is no one answer.? I just know that (knowing me and my "natural" personality) I would have never predicted myself to be where I am now with the horse I ended up with.
On the other side of this thread, I do believe that it's very important to understand your horse's personality, in an effort to better understand the best ways to teach him or her.? But in my experience, their personality is better understood through time and experience than necessarily in a book.? Just like with people, I wouldn't expect to go through one experience with them, and be able to draw a diagram of where their personality lies, and thus instantly know how to deal with them in every circumstance.
But eh, that's me and my horse and my experiences with her =)

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