Is one better than the other? Does it really matter? I will show you the differences, explain why they are important, and give you strategies to connect.
- emotions on the outside
- state of mind is easy to read
- more likely to overreact and fight/flight
- usually fast and has displaced behaviors
- busy mind and body
- emotions on the inside
- state of mind is difficult to read
- more likely to freeze
- usually slower and can have displaced behaviors
busy mind with stiff/rigid body
Fear -> Curiosity -> Dominance -> Confidence
Extroverts - Overreact (fight or flight/SNS) -> Ignore (freeze/SNS) -> Relax (endorphins/PSNS) -> Learn -> Retain
Introverts – Ignore (freeze/SNS) -> Overreact (fight or flight/SNS) -> Relax (endorphins/PSNS) -> Learn -> Retain
Rigid muscles/body/neck -> Adrenaline/SNS
Relaxed muscles/body/neck -> Endorphins/PSNS
Neck Flexions block adrenaline, release endorphins and stimulate Vagus Nerve and PSNS.
The horse may be genetically hard wired for a specific personality. That personality is often easily seen with several basic postural clues.
Leader Horses – higher head, well developed topline, cresty neck
Follower/Mirror Horses – lower/level head, underdeveloped topline, thin or u-shaped neck