Horse personalities

Horse personalities

While I’m not sure Dessa Hockley’s Is Your Horse A Rock Star? will be added to my collection of horse books, I had a great time taking the horse personality quiz on behalf of Moe and Gina.

"ME ME ME PICK ME"
“ME ME ME PICK ME”

Moe is an SECF- The GoddessIf a Goddess horse has found his way into your barn, you are lucky. If you are wise as well, you will not let him leave.

Traits of the Goddess Horse:

  • Liked by both people and other horses
  • They love to please and try hard
  • Enjoy travel and new experiences
  • Suffer if left on their own without attention
  • Good at many disciplines

I’d say that’s a pretty accurate description of sweet Moe! He gets on well with most horses, and people enjoy riding him and being around him (even his lesson kid that he continually bucks off). He absolutely loves traveling, exploring new places, and experiencing new things. He’s confident without being obnoxious and often leads the way through trail rides or around scary objects. And Moe certainly suffers when he isn’t receiving the amount of attention he feels he deserves.

"THIS SCARF IS GOING TO KILL ME"
“THIS SCARF IS GOING TO KILL ME”

Gina is an SEAF- The People PleaserSEAFs have a million questions and they over-analyze everything. Insecurities abound in their lives.

Traits of the People Pleaser:

  • Frequently misunderstood
  • Afraid of many things
  • Find change stressful
  • Do not need variety/exciting challenges
  • Desires to be bossy and controlling even though they’re submissive
  • Not actually looking for a job, but would probably like dressage

I would never in a million years describe Gina as a “people pleaser”; she is a workmanlike and competent horse who always appears to think of the relationship between herself and humans as an exchange of goods (food) and services (riding). However, as I read the detailed description of this type of horse, I realized it’s a fairly accurate description of Gina. She doesn’t enjoy change. She’s afraid of lots of weird stuff. She does not need more excitement in her life. The line that really sold me was “desires to be bossy and controlling even though they’re submissive”, though. Gina is exactly like this- if she’s turned out in a group of 3-4 horses, she will stress herself out trying to be the alpha mare, even though she doesn’t really know how to be one. She’s much happier hanging out with one other horse who she can dominate easily (like Moe).

I don’t think I gained any super insights into my horses’ behaviors or personalities from this quiz, but it was interesting to read the results!



13 thoughts on “Horse personalities”

  • This is Blue:
    Your horse is a … SLCF – The Steady Eddy

    If you are a novice or amateur, this is the horse for you. They are quiet and predictable, loving and engaging, willing to learn new things, willing to hang out with you and do nothing. This is not your big ego, career-oriented horse. They are happy to just be. Consistent and loyal, all you need to do is enjoy!
    Fits him to a T!

    • and Liam:
      Your horse is a … DECF – The Rock Star

      The Rock Stars are confident and charismatic. They are expressive and strong minded. They love to show you what they know but are hard to get to focus on the small details of the task. They are found in many competitive arenas, usually at the top of their field.

      this quiz is awesome! lol

  • Venus – The Wall Flower
    Wrap these sweet, kind, gentle horses up and keep them safe. They are not very brave and tend to internalize their worries. They want to please and will try very hard for you, but they can be pushed too fast very easily. They make few demands of you and are quite content to perform the same tasks repeatedly as long as you are pleased with them and the jobs are not to strenuous. Quiet enough for the beginner once they understand what is expected of them.
    Pretty darn accurate!

  • The quiz is pretty entertaining. Roscoe is “The Reluctant Rock Star”: “This horse has a big ego, loves attention, loves to be in the limelight, but doesn’t really like all the work it takes to be there. That is where you come in. You will need to push, persuade and motivate every inch of the way.” This seems quite accurate!

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