The Purple horse is very independently minded and often known as the “bombproof” horse. They’re unflappable,
reliable and a loyal friend. However, these horses can also be one of the most frustrating horses to own as they are not easily motivated, giving them the name of “Royal pain in the butt”.They are often not worried about what the herd is doing and are happy doing their own thing, which normally involves eating or standing. To train a horse like this you need to offer many rewards and think laterally, as they can be very contrary.
Key Personality Indicators
Desirable Traits: Reliable, Calm, Accommodating, Consistent, Tenacious, Congruent, Confident, Loyal, Bomb Proof,
Unflappable, Non-reactive, Thinking, Strategic, Relaxed.
Undesirable Traits: Defiant, Doesn’t Like To Move, Contrary, Buck/Rear, Sucks Back, Over Powers, Bores Quickly,
Rebellious, Tunes Out, Calculating, Rigid, Lazy, Tough Minded.
Training Strategies: The Purple Horse requires a very clever, patient owner. This horse is naturally oppositional, and will
nearly always be inclined to do the opposite of what you ask. You will need to be equipped, with exceptional lateral
thinking skills and not be someone who gets hot under the collar quickly or you’ll go mad.
They didn’t get the name “Purple Pain” for nothing. Because these horses love standing around and eating you can use this to your advantage, using food and lots of stops as a way of getting the horse to work with you, soon they will be willing to go where ever
you want. The Purple Horse is not that sensitive and not that motivated so kicking and whipping and applying more
force will just cause them to tune out and ignore you completely.
You can never get the trust or respect of this horse with that style of training. Once you have your Purple Horse understanding their job they are exceptionally reliable, unflappable mounts. They make great kids ponies, nervous rider mounts, mounted police horses, carriage horses, hunting horses and activities that could put them under a lot of pressure. They are great for jobs that could be normally quite stressful for other horses as they are very level headed and don’t get bothered easily.
Perfect Owner: To own this type of horse, you will need to be patient and be able to apply lateral thinking strategies.
Once trained this horse is ideal for the beginner or nervous Nellies, and make excellent mounts for kids. They are often
good horses for those who lack sensitivity, time or feel or are green riders. If you have a hot seat and like action this is not the horse for you.
The Purple horse owner is very thorough, uncomplicated with an amazingly even temper. Their predictability makes them extremely reliable and loyal friends. Their congruent nature is excellent for training when working in their high self. They have a very strong focus and dedication that keep them completely committed to their goals. Purples are very hard working and robust and are not the type to give-up on things. This tenaciousness can also make them extremely stubborn, inflexible and forceful. Purples can become very set in their ways and their lack of creativity can make them extremely rigid and not open to new ideas. Purples are congruent and steadfast and the perfect person to have in a crisis.
Desirable Traits – High Self: Diligent, Thorough, Striving, Uncomplicated, Predictable, Persistent, Controlled, Even
Temper, Meticulous, Prepared, Tenacious, Precise, Steadfast, Assertive, Reliable, Systematic, Don’t Quit, Congruent,
Focused, Hard Working, Committed, Tough Minded, Determined.
Undesirable Traits – Basic Self/Ego: Stubborn, Controlling, Aloof, Self Righteous, Demanding, Insensitive, Pushy,
Forceful, Confrontational, Inflexible, Habitual, Rigid, Grumpy, Superior, Reserved, Rules Based, Conventional, Critical,
Pessimistic, Cold Hearted, Resists Change, Black & White, Unimaginative, Dictates.
Now that you have read the 4 different personality traits of the horse and owner, you can start to reflect upon your own personality and that of your horse and understand that each personality type has different needs and approaches to
communicating, training and understanding them.
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.