You know how people say that some owners look like their pets? Usually it’s a curly haired lady with a poodle, or a thin man and his greyhound.
Anyway, how true is this?
I’ve been riding a few mares recently, and whilst I’ve never been opposed to them I’ve always had geldings and naturally gravitate towards them. But this time of year brings out all the hormones and the mares have been testing me a bit.
Simultaneously a client complimented me on being reliable.
Then the penny dropped. Well, the whole pound did to be honest.
I tend to prefer geldings because they are more level headed, on an even keel, one day’s the same as the next, because as a person I am level headed, emotionally balanced, and reliable. Of course this is a generalisation, but when I’ve considered all the horses I ride and the ones I really enjoy working with, I found that they tend to be
- Dependable and reliable
- Hard working and eager to please
- Quiet exterior – imagine a swan serenely gliding upstream whilst below the surface it paddles furiously
- Takes things in their stride sensibly, or at least seems to be unruffled.
Then when I think about myself I realise that I may not be the most talented or confident of people, but I work hard at what I do and try to remain calm and cool even when events conspire against me. I hate letting people down and beat myself up if I don’t do as well as I could, or miss the marker.
They say horses are good levellers, but they definitely tell us something about ourselves, if we just stop and look closely. Have a think about your favourite horse, past or present, and see if you can find similar character traits which made you compatible. Likewise, can you think of a horse that you haven’t got on with for any reason, and are there conflicting traits? Such as a dominant horse and a submissive human?
I’m just trying to work out why or how I’m similar to my cat, but I think I’ll have to plump for the fact we’re both independent souls who like socialising when we want to! We definitely don’t share the “lying on our back” habit!