Left Brain Extrovert
This horse is a playful character that needs interesting things to do. He is obsessed with learning and needs variety and new things to keep it fun.
- Teach him something new at least once a week.
- Keep sessions active, interesting and playful. Use obstacles, become more imaginative and when he’s really playful, increase the pace and get him to do more.
- Mischief is his middle name; so give him things to do with that busy mind and mouth. This horse loves to play tricks on you, so why not teach him some tricks on purpose?
- Use long lines – 22′ and 45′. Give him room to move!
- Praise him a lot: rubs and scratches, smiles, laughter… you having fun as well, is very rewarding for this kind of Horsenality.
- Encourage his ideas and he’ll become interested in yours.
- Move his feet and he’ll give you his mind.
- Use the Patterns! They give him purpose.
- Bore him with endless, mindless repetition. This guy is smart! When you know he’s got it, move on. You can always come back to it and add polish little by little.
- Slow, calm riding is not really this horse’s dream. He wants to be active, go somewhere.
- Short lines (12′) are too confining when playing on the ground.
- Punish him, ever. He doesn’t know he’s being naughty; he’s just having fun! If he’s high-spirited, and you punish him he’ll become aggressive. If you end up scaring or suppressing him he’ll shut down and crawl inside his shell to save his dignity.
- Argue with him as it’s an opportunity for him to dominate. Encourage his idea instead and he’ll come around sooner.