The Decoder was created by Jo McInnes with the help of the HE team who bring a collective force of knowledge together in the areas of starting horses, training horses, dressage, jumping, equine psychology, judging, breeding, healing, animal communication, equestrian clinics and education of people.

The Decoder was developed after many years of working with people and horses and observing the personalities and behaviour patterns in them both.

A strong interest in psychology helped identify patterns, traits and collective behaviours. The development of this tool was inspired by many teachers and mentors over many years, the most infuential being Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, infuential thinker, and the founder of analytical psychology.

It was through his philosophy that we were able to see that people and horses either like to express themselves through action or express themselves through thought. Carl Jung calls these extrovert – action, and introvert – thought. Another way to understand the expansion and reduction of energy is through the Chinese philosophy of Yin – Cold/Shady and Yang – Hot/Sunny, although the philosophy is much deeper than that.

Yin and Yang are used to describe how seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world and how they give rise to each other. In turn, they are complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole as part of a dynamic system. It helps to understand that both positive and negative traits have their place.