Horse Profiling — The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes
A book by Kerry M. Thomas with Calvin L. Carter
I would like to take a moment to introduce you to my book which, for me, is the culmination of an eclectic-style research of the psychology of the horse. The book takes the reader on a journey of discovery of the intimate drama of life in the equine circle. Along the way, you get to see what a view from the hoof is like as I delve into the developing mind of the horse and its Behavioral Genetics which is measured by a term I refer to as Emotional Conformation. The esoteric information within the emergent properties of the equine psychology, behavior, influences every aspect of its life from breeding to training, pre-purchasing, and even a horse’s adoptability. I truly believe that you have to nurture the horse before you develop the athlete.
Is your horse hitting the wall? Your equine athlete may be physically fit, but still seemingly aloof and disinterested. The Emotional Conformation or Mental Fitness is your key to ultimate success but is perhaps one of the most underutilized aspects of horsemanship.
"...I have to tell you that when I started reading it was already like magic... It was like I was the one writing your words... so linked and aligned with my experience and thoughts that I was reading and at the same time, listening to my own voice inside, since I don´t know yours.... and wondering how "mine" are also the things you express in your Preface. I truly believe that this is among the most important books on the equine, for the equine and the entire industry of horse, to have ever been written. Your insightful measures in explaining the horse not only will impact breeding selections and sales, but also how we train and comprehend the horse. So I write to you Mr. Thomas, to thank you for this effort, it will eventually reach the entire world."
Very Sincerely- Claudia Mesquita Kayala of Uruguay- Haras Cuatro Piedres
Whether you are a breeder, trainer, casual rider, or just a human who loves horses, your deeper understanding of the minute intricacies of this rather private, but social animal is crucial for its health and well being. Within the pages of this book, it is my hope to take you on a journey inside the magic that is within the spirit of the horse. Sincerely, Kerry M. Thomas, Founder of the Thomas Herding Technique
KERRY M. THOMAS is the founder of the Thomas Herding Technique and a researcher who studies the psychology and Emotional Conformation of horses.
His study of wild Mustang herds in the Bighorn Mountain range led to the development of the EthoGrade Scale which Kerry uses to measure the behavior and Emotional Conformation of his clients horses. Emotional Conformation is the most important factor that can determine if a horse has the heart and mind of a potential champion. Nurturing the Natural Herd Dynamic of the horse in the domestic environment is vitally important for its health and well being and can make all the difference between failure or success in the show horse and racehorse. Behavior triggers and Behavioral Overcompensation can be tremendous obstacles, preventing the horse from living up to its fullest potential.
Kerry’s articles on horse behavior and Emotional Conformation have appeared in The Arabian Magazine, The Horseplayer Magazine, Equine Excellence magazine and the online edition of Zatt The Magazine as well as Brian Zipse’s Zatt Technical blog and Richman’s Racing blog which covers news about thoroughbreds in Asia and China. Kerry is also actively involved in education programs at the university level around is available for a lecture series tour, outlined topics are on the THT site.
In addition to leading the Thomas Herding Technique, Kerry also is a team member of the Pine Knoll Center for Integrated Horsemanship of Lexington, Kentucky, where he provides Emotional Conformation profiles of horses.
For more information about the psychology of the horse and Emotional Conformation, you can visit Kerry’s website at: http://www.thomasherdingtechnique.com/ & www.pineknollfarm.com
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CALVIN L. CARTER is a pedigree analyst and freelance writer. His articles about pedigrees and sire lines have appeared in The Horseplayer Magazine and he writes about juvenile thoroughbreds on his blog: http://classicchampionthoroughbreds.blogspot.com/
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