Tag Archives: five element horse personality

Horse Temperament Typing: Keep It Simple!

Horse temperament typing can sometimes be like those picture puzzles that just look like geometric patterns, but in reality hide an image of a sandy beach with palm trees. With these picture puzzles, once you get the “Aha!” and see the hidden picture, you wonder how you missed seeing it for so long. Horse temperament … Continue Reading »

Is Your Horse a Blue Heeler?

If your horse was a dog, would he be a Blue Heeler? If a strong competitive streak, boldness, courage, high energy, and a tendency toward destruction when bored are characteristics of your horse, then he might just be a Blue Heeler! These character traits would also make your horse a tough Wood temperament type. Our … Continue Reading »

Is Your Horse a Greyhound?

If your horse was a dog, would she be a Greyhound? If sensitivity, noble looks, a deep need for safety, and gorgeous movement characterize your horse, she might very well be a Greyhound … and a Water temperament type horse. Check out our latest video about the Water horse temperament type (a.k.a. the Greyhound) on … Continue Reading »

Is Your Horse a German Shepherd?

If your horse was a dog, would he be a German Shepherd? Not sure? Check out our new fun-loving and somewhat patriotic video about the Metal horse temperament type (a.k.a. the German Shepherd) on YouTube. Is Your Horse a German Shepherd? If you missed our past videos on Labradors and Poodles, check them out (along … Continue Reading »

Is Your Horse A Poodle?

We had tons of fun interacting with people about the “Is  Your Horse a Labrador” video. If you missed it, check it out on our new interactive page: Horse Harmony Facebook Fan Page (please hit the Like button if you like what you see!) The Labrador video was about the fun-loving and food-loving Earth horse … Continue Reading »

Is Your Horse a Labrador?

In my veterinary practice, I have discovered that treating a horse according to his temperament type is one of the most important factors to horse health and happiness. I’ve been talking to lots of people about this around the country. I’ve been writing about it in blogs and newsletters. Some people get it. Some people … Continue Reading »

Horse Depression – Is Your Horse at Risk?

Believe it or not, horses can become depressed, just like people. A depressed horse can show symptoms such as a lack of motivation, low energy, dull hair, or even chronic illness. Luckily, horses are fairly straightforward, which means that horse depression can often be treated with simple changes to in the horse’s management program or … Continue Reading »

How Does Burnout Feel to a Horse?

The word “burnout” is now being used a lot in regard to horses, but do we really know what burnout means or how it feels to a horse? Burnout can be a complicated condition, and manifests differently in different temperament horses. In short, burnout is the condition where the horse has been pushed beyond his … Continue Reading »

How to Handle the Angry or Naughty Horse

Does your horse seem to wake up on the wrong side of the pasture often, or have a short fuse? Does he seem quick to anger? Or is he always acting naughty by destroying fences, pestering his herd mates, bucking you off, or spooking even when he is not afraid? If so, then you probably … Continue Reading »

Can You Handle the Truth about Your Water Horse?

After several years of helping people temperament type their horses I have arrived at a rather funny conclusion: while many people love the idea of temperament typing, they don’t always love every aspect of their horse’s temperament. The Water Horse – An Example For instance, the amateur dressage rider who is fascinated by horses in … Continue Reading »

Does Horse Temperament Typing Put a Horse “In a Box”?

As horse temperament typing has become more popular, and as more people become interested in being in better “Horse Harmony,” I am being asked some pretty tough questions. And I am so pleased! The fact that tough questions are being thrown my way means that people truly want to learn more about horse temperament typing, … Continue Reading »

Confused About Horse Temperament Typing? Don’t Despair!

Five Element horse temperament typing is starting to become accepted by more horse owners as a viable way to have healthier and happier horses. Knowing your horse’s type helps explain those quirky behaviors and special dietary needs. The challenge is typing the darn things! It seems that many horses just don’t fall perfectly into a … Continue Reading »

Which Type is Stacy Westfall’s Freestyle Reining Champion Horse Whizards Baby Doll (Roxy)?

If you are hooked into YouTube or the reining horse world at all, chances are pretty good that you’ve seen Stacy Westfall’s 2006 Championship Freestyle run aboard Whizards Baby Doll, affectionately known as Roxy. Her run, done without a bridle or saddle, incited a worldwide response via the internet. To see a video of her … Continue Reading »

The “Princess and the Pea” Horse

Have you ever met a horse who will do just about anything to please you but can’t thrive unless conditions are just perfect? If so, you have just met the prototypical Shao Yin (Fire/Water) temperament horse. The Shao Yin horse is the perfect show horse, hubby horse, kid’s horse and school master, but ONLY after … Continue Reading »

Is Your Horse More Like a Dog in a Horse Suit?

Some horses are just way more affectionate, kind, and gentle than others. Their love overflows and they tend to act more like dogs than horses. What kind of horses are these? They aren’t a specific breed but they are a specific horse personality type. The horse in a dog suit is an Earth horse personality … Continue Reading »

Trying Out Horses for Kids: Things to Watch Out For

I cannot count the number of times I have seen people buy totally inappropriate horses for kids. I am usually called in after the horse has bucked off his little rider, run away, reared up, or done some other foul act. The new horse owners call me in to discover what health issue is causing … Continue Reading »

Earth or Metal Horse Personality? A Case of Mistaken Identity

Yesterday I got bucked off one of my green mares, Reyacita, whom I had taken to be an Earth horse personality. We adopted this mustang mare from BLM about a month ago and I had thought she was an Earth type because she loved to eat and she was very gentle and calm. I climbed … Continue Reading »

Don’t Be Fooled by the Friendly Jue Yin Horse Personality

A couple of days ago I dropped by to see my friend’s new group of weanling mustang babies. She had four of them and all of them had been brought home straight from a gather at a local mustang herd management area. They were all very wild. Of the four, one tiny paint weanling was … Continue Reading »

The Immutable Shao Yang Reality

Picture if you will this scenario: you have a performance horse you are trying to teach lead changes by starting in the counter-canter. The horse knows perfectly well how to counter-canter as well as how to pick up the correct lead. The horse refuses to hold the counter-canter through the turns but insists on breaking … Continue Reading »