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Equine Character: A Meditation

Jacqueline Kolosov

Your horse’s head is a major expression of his personality. Learning to recognize the meaning behind the placement, shape and size of his ears, profile, nostrils, lips and eyes are essential keys to understanding and ultimately to working with his nature—adapted from Linda Tellington-Jones’s Getting in TTouch: Understand and Influence Your Horse’s Personality.


I. Reading the Head

A straight, flat profile indicates an uncomplicated character that is quick to learn. Horses with such heads remind me of the high plains of West Texas where I now live, a land without native trees or defining landmarks to interrupt the expanse of sky. Justin, one of the many Arabians at Patty’s barn, possesses such a profile, the sleek copper of his head marked only by the diamond-shaped swirl of white in the middle of his forehead, the sign of “an interesting character,” says Tellington-Jones. And Justin is that, always thrusting his head into my way when I step through the gate, eager to sniff my neck, shoulders, hair—clues to where I’ve been. Justin shares the paddock with my beloved twenty-seven-year-old Arabian, Tommy. Both are geldings and such close friends they can quietly share a stall when storms tear open… Read more »