Ride the Right Horse: Understanding the Core Equine Personalities & How to Work with Them

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A compatible personality is the most desirable quality in a horse, yet it is much harder to assess than gait or conformation. All horses have distinct personality traits that make them more or less suitable for various riding styles and disciplines. Riders and trainers who understand how to work with, not against, a horse's temperament will be rewarded with a happier, more successful human/equine relationship.

Dressage trainer Yvonne Barteau describes the four basic equine ...

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Overview


A compatible personality is the most desirable quality in a horse, yet it is much harder to assess than gait or conformation. All horses have distinct personality traits that make them more or less suitable for various riding styles and disciplines. Riders and trainers who understand how to work with, not against, a horse's temperament will be rewarded with a happier, more successful human/equine relationship.

Dressage trainer Yvonne Barteau describes the four basic equine personality types — social, fearful, aloof, and challenging — and the different clues to identify a horse's primary personality. Often the dominant personality type is complemented by a secondary trait, creating, for example, the aloof-challenging or fearful-social horse. Using clear signals and readily identi-fied behavior patterns, riders can determine any horse's type and then use this book's tips and techniques to improve training sessions.

Fun and enlightening as it is to analyze equine characteristics, it's just as important to understand how the personalities of both the rider and the trainer affect each horse. Barteau includes a self–evaluation quiz to help the reader determine what her own riding and handling preferences are and how she can use that knowledge to work more effectively with her current horse or to shop smarter when selecting a new equine partner.

Fascinating case studies, stories, and profiles of famous horses and their riders offer readers real-life examples of how compatible personalities work together to achieve great things!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is an excellent read for someone looking for a new horse, who feels a conflict with their horse, or who wants to understand human-horse relationships more deeply. Across the disciplines, any serious rider can learn from this book.”

Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar

“[Yvonne Barteau’s] methods can open the door to understanding and making a lasting, harmonious connection. Interesting reading!”

Natural Horse

“…a good guide for those just entering the equine world, especially those who are looking to buy their first horse. It is also beneficial to the experienced horseman since it organizes and clearly defines what may already be intuitive.”

ForeWord

“[Barteau’s] secret is to identify each horse’s basic personality type and work with, rather than against, the animal’s natural inclinations. Readers can put her successful methods to work for themselves to help yield winning results.”

Tack ‘n’ Togs

“For those interested in learning more about the fundamentals of equine temperament and personality, this is a good place to start.”

Ride! Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580176620
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 4/30/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 497,187
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author


Yvonne Barteau is the author of Ride the Right Horse. She is an FEI trainer, rider, and instructor and a United States Dressage Federation Medalist. She has coached students to a variety of year-end awards and championships, including USDF’s all-breed Horse of the Year. She has trained some of the top horses in the United States
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    Posted January 16, 2012

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yvonne was in the Olympics for equesrians!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2008

    Fantastic book!

    This is by far the most informative book on horse personalities. It was very insightful and has allowed me to grasp a deeper understanding of how horses respond to us.

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