Horses and people
Understanding your horse’s personality, combined with your own temperament and skill level, will give you more chances of success in your daily workouts and riding. The purpose of my articles is to share information that will help you better understand your horse, yourself, and the other equestrians with whom you communicate.
In this article we will talk about the personality types of people and how our features can influence the choice and training of horses. We will also discuss examples of good and not very good combinations of personality types of people and horses, find out what to look for when choosing a coach.
It would be great if we had a better understanding of what makes each of us behave in a certain way – why do some wait for them not to wait for the exit to the battlefield, while others are nervous when they see a turn to the center line? Why one rider can accept and use harsh criticism of the coach, and the other “goes out” because of this pressure? Why does a particular horse upset one rider and inspire another? Answers to these questions can be found by thinking about our innate personality type, which has a tangible impact on all aspects of our life. The way we manage our relationships, ride and train our horses, often depends on our individual and unique personality type. Knowing and understanding ourselves and other people, we can see a clearer picture of the world around us, understand who we are and why we think and act in a certain way.
Different personality types
The theory of personality types was developed in the 1920s by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and the team of mother and daughter Catherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers. Since then, the Myers-Briggs type of personality test (MBTI) has become the most widely used and respected tool that facilitates communication between people.
Many of you, after reading the previous article in the series, thought about the personality types of horses. Now I will add information about the basic eight possible preferences that make up an individual type of personality. According to MBTI, our identities contain four different components. Neither type is more desirable than any other, since each of them has strengths and weaknesses. The MBTI describes individuals in four-letter abbreviations (for example, ESTJ or INFP). This is what these letters mean:
Extrovert / introvert (Extravert / Introvert). The first letter describes where we derive energy from: from people, actions and events, as extroverts, or from thoughts, ideas and concepts, as introverts. Extroverts often express their thoughts easily and clearly. They form thoughts in the process of conversation. Introvers need time to reflect on ideas before talking about them. Being alone and quiet is hard for an extrovert. Introverts, on the other hand, have excessive interaction, especially of a superficial nature or in large groups.
By applying this data to horse riding (training), we can say that the coach and the rider of the extrovert may feel upset after sharing the lesson, as they will have the feeling that they have had to fight for “air time.” The coach and rider introverts will leave their lesson with a sense of understatement. When both participants of the training are aware of the differences between the extrovert and the introvert, the extrovert coach will know that he needs to give his introverted student an opportunity to speak and voice problems, perhaps even asking him sharp questions. The introverted instructor will win if he is aware that the extrovert student during the educational process needs to talk more, so he will understand and understand the information better.
Touch / intuitive (Sensing / Intuition). The next letter describes how we learn. The sensory type receives information, literally relying on all five senses, and understands best of all what it is about when information is presented directly and realistically. Intuits learn best when they first get an idea of concepts and general principles. They get bored from repeated repetitions or an excess of routine.
Coaches and riders need to know the difference between these types. Imagine the frustration of an intuit rider taking lessons from a sensory personality trainer who does his best to make his lessons clear, fact-based and consistent. Both try, but at the end of the lesson both are annoyed; an intuit rider cannot concentrate, he is not interested in learning so many details, and the sensor-trainer cannot understand why, no matter how many times he explains something, the rider “does not reach”!
The sensor-trainer needs to understand that, working with the intuitive rider, he must first explain the general concept of the lesson by entering only the necessary details and outlining the general picture. Only in this way can he succeed with the student and significantly speed up the learning process. In this case, the sensor-rider will extract the greatest benefit from the detailed lesson, receiving clear and accurate instructions.