The True Blue horse is a horse that loves to express its nature mentally, physically and emotionally. They are extremely quick learners and need creative leadership as anything repetitive will drive them mad. They are very confident and love to show off, they love attention, people and playing.

In the wrong hands their play can become dangerous and intimidating as they are very good at inventing games and taking over. They love to rule the roost and be the centre of attention, playing with everything and anything in their paddock. They are often the ones that undo the gates, through the buckets around and stomp on anything they share their paddock with.

Key Personality Indicators:
Desirable Traits: Forward, Thinking, Inquisitive, Clever, Playful, Quick Learner, Confident, Creative, Honest, Likes to Move, Sociable, Smart, Athletic.

Undesirable Traits: Challenging, Takes Over, Intimidating, Invents Games, Pushy, Dominant, Defiant, Bad Mannered, Excitable, Mischievous.

Training Strategies: Variety is the key to training this horse, flat work in an arena will drive them mad and before long they will be inventing games and spooking. Try to be creative in how you train this horse, use applied dressage strategies rather than teaching the end goal. The Blue Horse needs to be entertained and detest a monotonous approach such as mindless circles and lunging. It’s essential that you do regular, creative ground work with this horse. They need exceptionally strong leadership, time and feel. Trying to keep this personality under control through dominance rather than leadership will shut the horse down making him insecure, dangerous and grumpy. They make excellent Dressage horses if you can capture their natural flamboyancy, they love games, hunting, cutting cows and activities that are energetic and interesting.

Perfect Owner: A creative, energetic person, who is willing to make this horse’s life interesting, be competent with handling and training and provide strong leadership.


Blue Owner

The Blue horse owner is very sociable and they love to be around people. They like organizing events and being active on committees. Blues can be very influential with their charming natures and positive winning mindset and are often in positions of leadership. They are the big picture thinkers who are clear about their goals. However, the Blue who is behaving in their basic self can be very judgmental, competitive with friends, bossy, and overbearing. They can also be show offs and be very self absorbed, always thinking about what’s in it for them. Either way, Blues are very outgoing and sociable, love to be around people and are helpful, generous souls.

Desirable Traits : High Self: Self Motivated, Driven, Energetic, Dedicated, Winning Mind Set, Big Picture Thinker, Natural Leader, Experimental, Confident, Expressive, Persistent, Analytical, Charismatic, Positive, Knowledgeable, Influential, Friendly, Sociable, Outgoing.

Undesirable Traits: Basic Self/Ego: Bossy, Ego Centric, Has to Win, Over Competitive, High Energy, Results Driven, Superficial, Know it all, Overbearing, Judgmental, Critical, Takes Over, Pedantic, Dominant, Show Off, Self Absorbed

Special notes to consider:

You and your horse may fall into one or more colours, this is quite normal. However, there tends to be one colour that seems to be more dominant than the others.  This is the same for humans as well. The Decoder is designed so that you can determine how extreme your horse’s personality is.

The Horse Decoder is designed so that you place a “DOT” in the small blank square where you notice behavioural traits of your horse, you can then determine whether your horse displays that behavior, sometimes, often or all the time. You can then see where your horse may need assistance.  The more colours and the more extreme the negative traits, the more difficult the horse will be.

The Horse Owner Decoder is a little different it works on our basic self and high self. Again, you need to place a “DOT” in the blank square if you notice traits that you are known to display around horses. It’s often best to have someone else fill this in with you.  You can then see how you maybe impacting your horse and can work towards improving your skills and behaviour around your horse.

Horses and people can change personalities depending on the situation, environment and other people/horses they are surrounded by. The Horse Owner Decoder is about the personality traits you demonstrate around horses.

For example, you maybe a Blue in the office, a Yellow around horses and a Red in front of the In‐laws!!!The Horse Owner Decoder has been designed to help you understand how your personality around horses rubs off on the horse. If you engage in more awareness around your horse, you will be more congruent and create a more open, authentic flow of energy and understanding between you and your horse.

If you bring your basic self into the relationship, you will be putting all of your hang‐ups first, which is what the horse will read and mirror.

Most people are not even aware of their negative energy, emotional blocks, child hood traumas and daily issues to understand that this is actually impacting the horse’s behaviour and their own wellbeing.

Because horses are prey animals, they have a “heightened sense of awareness” or as we know it in humans “extra sensory perception” (ESP). Horses read energy, energy fields, emotions, feelings and body language at a level that most people are not aware of or in tune with. This is often an area that is labeled as “a heap of crock” or “hoodoo voodoo”.

Horses communicate with each other and learn through images, body language and emotions, they transfer images telepathically to the herd and their paddock pals and also to humans who are on a frequency to receive it. Many people around the world are receiving these images, messages and feelings from horses with incredible accuracy.

What most people are not aware of is that the thoughts, words, images, feelings and emotions they are projecting at a subconscious level are actually being received by their horse.

There is plenty of research available and substantial evidence from people who work at this level with horses to prove its existence.  A very good book to read that explains this in more depth is “Linda Kohanov’s, Riding Between the Worlds”.

Identifying horse’s personalities can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially if there are multiple extreme traits. Horses I believe are born with a pure, innate personality that takes shape from their environment and handling.

The horse’s personality will be shaped by many things included the position it’s mother was in the herd, the birth order in the herd, eg, was it the first, third or last foal of the season. Did it run in a herd or only with  mum or a few others? What is the personality of the Dam and Sire? What is the personality of the Grand Dam and Grand Sire etc? All of these things impact the Herd. Often the last born foal of the season can end up being defensive as it is pushed around by the other foals and dominated. First borns are often very confident as they are the ones who start the dominating. Foals from Alpha mares are usually very confident, whilst foals from mares lower down on the pecking order learn to tow the line.

Most importantly though is how well the horse has been handled by humans. Horse’s are perfect until we bring humans into the equation. Like us they can be confident in the paddock with their paddock pals, but when we change their environment, interact with them in a language they find difficult to understand, they become stressed and dysfunctional a lot like humans do when they are put in stressful situations, yet we often blame them, punish them, yell at them and demand that they behave, which of course doesn’t work! If only we could see life from their perspective?

Another observation that we have made is that horses can be one colour personality on off side and another on the near side. For example, the horse may have been born Red, but with inappropriate handling on both sides can end up for example a Red on the off side and a Purple on the Near side. We have seen this happen as both sides were not workedevenly or with time and feel. The horse demonstrates a blocked, stubborn, resistant personality on the near side and is forward, panicky and hypersensitive on the off side.  It was interesting to diagnose this, but it made perfect sense once we worked it out.

The left and right side of the horse’s brain are not joined, therefore what you do on one side you have to do equally on the other, the information is not transferred. If the training was not conducted appropriately or evenly on an impressionable young horse or any horse for that matter, the personality is going to be effected differently on each side of the horse.

The personalities can also be dictated by the health and emotional wellbeing of a horse. We have observed many horses that have appeared to be Yellow ‐ shutdown, aloof and reserved. These have often been horses used in racing or high level competition with insensitive owners. Once rehabilitated, health restored, authentic, consistent communication established they transform into confident, joyful, playful Blues.