Category Archives: Five Element Training

Horse Temperament: Cody, a Silly Shao Yang

Cody was bought as a jumping prospect off the track. He had a lot of talent but he was not a consistent winner. As a Shao Yang horse temperament(Fire/Wood), Cody could be volatile and unpredictable when out of balance. I could certainly see how this affected his career as a racehorse because working on Cody … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: The Case of the Aggressive Metal Horse

Here is the history on Cooper, a Metal horse temperament, from his owner, Pat. She was so frustrated with Cooper’s aggressive behavior. Cooper is a 5 year old Quarterhorse gelding that stands 16 hands. He has been easy-going and calm since he has been a foal. When in the pasture with other horses, he has … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Remi Ropes Again

The first time I stepped out of my trailer holding a rope Remi’s eyes got wide and he pulled back on his lead rope. I had forgotten that he had once been a roping horse and I guess it was not a good time in his life. As a Yang Ming (Metal/Earth) horse temperament, Remi … Continue Reading »

Does Your Horse Have ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD) are big problems in people but what about horses? What causes these conditions and how can they be handled? Do horses need stimulant drugs to function normally like some people do? These are all questions that have probably run through your mind if you have a horse … Continue Reading »

Does Your Yang Ming Horse Twist His Jaw?

What is your Yang Ming horse trying to tell you with that weird jaw thingy he does? Long before I studied horse temperament typing I remember wondering why some horses would twist through the jaw for no obvious physical reason. By twist through the jaw I mean stretch out the neck and turn the head … Continue Reading »

The Essence of the Wood Horse

Wood is a symbol of life. We use wood for the structure of our homes and the furniture inside them. Wood is strong yet flexible. Wood can be carved into beautiful sculptures. Wood creates heat to warm us. When wood forests are cleared of heavy underbrush they make wonderful shaded homesites. If Woods are left … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Learned behaviors at a ranch sorting

I took Remi, my Yang Ming(Metal/Earth), horse temperament, gelding, to a ranch sorting last weekend. We both had a blast. Remi has had some bad experiences in the past and he can get very tense when going to new places. I want him to be able to overcome his learned behaviors of holding his breath … Continue Reading »

The Essence of the Water Horse

Water is essential for life. Our bodies are composed of mostly water and the majority of our planet is covered with water. We can live for weeks without food but only days without water. Water allows our life energy to flow. It is in our blood, lymph, cerebral spinal fluid and in our individual cells. … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Is your Jue Yin(Wood/Fire) horse pushy?

The Jue Yin horse temperament can be tricky to work with. He wants to be the boss but when he finds himself in control he gets worried. Kinda sounds like your average teenager. I worked last weekend with a Jue Yin mare named Pheobe. Pheobe had the habit of bucking on the trail if she … Continue Reading »

5 “Must Ask” Questions When Buying Your Dream Horse

Buying your dream horse is a huge investment, not only initially but as an ongoing expense. Making the wrong choice can be a very expensive mistake. Not only can the wrong horse cost you money, but buying a horse that is not a match for your skill level or imagined activities could actually put you … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Does your Metal horse have sore heels?

The Metal horse temperament is generally strong and tough but their achilles heel is – their heels. The Metal horse has a tendency to contracted, sore heels. Confirmation can play a part as many Metal horses have short, upright pasterns and boxy hooves. This naturally upright hoof can become contracted when shoes are applied early … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: The Essence of the Earth Horse

Welcome to the second in a series of articles on the essence of each temperament type horse. These articles are meant to offer a different perspective on each temperament type based on that type’s elemental basis. If you have felt somewhat confused by horse temperament typing, hopefully this series of articles will help you “feel” … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Remi gets a tick in his ear

Poor Remi got a huge tick in his ear. I discovered this when I went to bring his right ear forward to bridle him. Like a good, level headed Metal/Earth(Yang Ming) horse temperament he simply held his breath and turned his head slightly as I touched the painful ear. On the other hand, a certain … Continue Reading »

The Essence of the Fire Horse

Fire is beautiful but must be handled with care. At an early age kids are taught not to play with matches or put their fingers into a flame. Yet most of us had to learn the hard way that even though fire looks beautiful and inviting, it is hot and should not be played with. … Continue Reading »

Is Your Horse a Golden Retriever?

If your horse was a dog, would he be a Golden Retriever? If your horse is ultimately dependable, but demands absolute fairness and a person he can trust, then he probably is like a Golden Retriever. This temperament type is also a versatile, hard-working performer, but not personally highly ambitious. And if your horse is … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Is your Metal horse bossy?

Patience is not a Metal horse trait. Once the Metal horse temperament learns a job he expects others to get out of the way and let him work. When faced with beginner or amateur rider he can be downright bossy. The Metal horse learns by repetition and he does best in jobs that require consistent … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Is your Wood horse accident prone?

The competitive Wood horse temperament loves to play rough, even if it means he hurts himself. Most horses will back off when in pain but the Wood horse’s instinct is to power through. In the case of the horse with the torn shoulder he did not slow down when he snagged his skin on an … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Is your Yang Ming horse stiff?

If there is such a thing as a perfect clinic then Remi and I just experienced one. Remi is a Yang Ming horse temperament and he has been in my life for 5 years. During that time we have worked to get his horrible feet better and help him trust that he was not going … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: How to handle a Fire Horse meltdown

Does your Fire horse occasionally have a meltdown? My Fire mare,Cerise, sure had one yesterday. Cerise is typical of this horse temperament type, sensitive and emotional. Things have been a little hectic at my house with five baby goats being born in the last week. The latest triplets have had a hard time nursing and … Continue Reading »

Horse Temperament: Is your Earth horse lazy?

The Earth horse temperament does not enjoy strenuous work but when healthy he is not lazy. Some of the most successful performance horses I have known have been the Earth horse temperament. Not to mention the consistent lesson horses that work for hours each day without complaint. The Earth horse temperament can appear lazy because … Continue Reading »