Madalyn Ward, DVM shares her answers to specific holistic horse care questions from clients. To see more questions and answers on real holistic horse care situations check out the Horse Health Hotline postings and our Holistic Horsekeeping and Horse Harmony Facebook pages.
Q – I have typed myself and my horse, but I’m not sure where to find what is a good type combo between human and horse? If you could point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it.
A – What type are you and what do you want to do with a horse?
Q – I’m a wood and I trail ride only.
A – As a Wood you probably like to explore new and more challenging trails. You might love a Wood or Wood combo. The Wood/Fire loves new and challenging trails but they can be sensitive as well so you will need to develop your sensitive side. The Fire/Wood loves a challenge but will want to keep moving along and won’t be great if you like to ride some with others who don’t want to go fast.
Q – Ok, my horse is a metal/fire… and I was wrong, I am a water/wood combo. Is this workable for us?
A – We all have aspects of each type but I don’t have a category for Metal/Fire or Water/Wood. For yourself do you feel you are more bold or fearful when you ride? For your horse, is he more relationship or job oriented?
Q – I’m more bold than fearful and my mare is more relationship oriented.
A – You can still make it work with your mare if you remember to praise her when she steps up to your level of adventure. A Fire horse can be bold also but not as tough as a Wood or Metal type so steep hills or deep footing could be harder for a Fire type. Enjoy.
Q – Thanks for the help!!
A – You are sure welcome. Would love to have updates on how it goes with your mare.
Q – We had a great weekend camping. She was very brave and did well with the situations we came across. I was extremely pleased with how level headed she was this time.
A – Wonderful. Just like people horses appreciate being understood.
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