I am going to do a short series on my horses based on their results from a horse personality quiz (click for quiz). I don't really put a lot of stock in this kind of stuff but thought it would be fun to try and see how my horses scored.
"To be happy this horse needs to be doing a small, quiet, repetitive job that may seem boring and unexciting to other personalities. They do not need or want a lot of attention or accolades. Just leave them to their simple tasks. If anything goes wrong, the Skeptic will look for someone to blame, and chances are, it will be you."
This is pretty much correct for Speck, he knows his job and his place in the world and does not look to me often for reassurance. However, if something goes wrong he not only remembers what happened but he remembers WHO is responsible for putting him in that situation (me!).
Speck is a damn good hunt/trail horse and he is all business, as long as I stay out of his way we generally do very well.
"The Skeptics, as one owner named them, need to come with an operator’smanual. It is not called an owner’s manual because you
never really own them—they are their own person/horse.
In this manual the trouble shooting section would be
lengthy. They all have a long list of do’s and don’ts.They
will tell you if they like their job or not—believe them. It
will be in your best interest."
Also correct, he is very clear in his likes/dislikes and I have had to learn (and am still learning) the "do's and don'ts" along the way.
"Their job can be simple.It does not need to be a competitive career. They would be
happy as a trail horse, a ranch horse, a hunt horse, a rope
horse—any of these, just pick one. Once they understand
their job, they do not need constant riding or schooling.
What you had last month is what you will get this month.
They like consistency in their life, in their job and in you."
Mixed results here-yes he is happy to have a job he knows and understand but he does need consistent riding/schooling/handling to maintain respectful behavior on the ground and under saddle.