I don’t know what it is, but for some reason there are a lot of Left-Brain Extroverts in my life at the moment. Must be something I really have to study! The good news is that as I get better at explaining what it is they need, I’m a better teacher.
Recently, at the Horse and Soul tour stop in City of Industry, I was teaching the session on Horsenality™, and there were four horses that depict each of the quadrants. Susan Nelson‘s warmblood mare, Ellie, had been quite a challenge. They’ve made super progress over the past 18 months – good enough to be in the show, which is saying a lot actually. Susan sent me this update and I thought I would share it with you. At the tour stop, I was saying how you need to “rush” the Left-Brain Extrovert, give them lots to do, and then you’ll get their attention and they’ll want to do what you want. This is a beautiful demonstration of just that. Take it away, Susan:
I feel like I am starting to understand Ellie better and am having better and better sessions with getting her to WANT to be with me and not argue and be a pill! So that is great! I have been gone for 17 days and the first thing I did yesterday after getting home was turn her out at liberty – she proceeded to blast around like a rocket, throwing her head and leaping like a deer. So, instead of wishing she would stay with me (because that never works), I started to dash around the pen from obstacle to obstacle – running and jumping on the pedestal, running and jumping on the mounting blocks, running to the barrels and sitting on them, etc. You should have seen the look on her face!
Within 6 minute of starting and her galloping around, watching me and avoiding the crazy lady that was dashing to obstacles, she joined me on the pedestal in one of my mad dashes! Then she stuck with me at the walk and trot running from obstacle to obstacle. Then, I positioned her to back through the barrels (which in the past she would take off) and she paid attention, backed through effortlessly, and then I asked her to sniff each barrel and she did it! It was great! Ah, the little things in life! Then today, I played on the 45-foot line with more “off on a straight line” trips around the pasture when she got “naughty” ideas in her mind – and within about 10 minutes she only wanted to be with ME! So cool! The best part with playing with her this way is that I feel as though I am never really asking her anything – I am just showing her all these really cool other ideas when she gets a naughty one and she ends up being interested in my idea. Calm – Connected – Responsive.