One of the first things to take into consideration is your horse’s natural disposition – its natural inclinations. Knowing how to tell at first sight the various dispositions can save you a great deal of time and trouble.
But how do you do this?
Good question. It’s simple. By viewing the horse’s head from the front and side. The shape of your horse’s head will reveal all. Once you do this you can immediately tell the type of character you’re dealing with. So you know how your horse will act and what he’ll do. And you can adjust your methods accordingly. For the best results.
For instance a horse with a bulge just below the line of the eyes and the heavy jowl or throat indicate that he is willful and stubborn. When trying to break him of some habit he will resist you by lying down or sullenly standing while you try to force him. Once he becomes maddened his mind becomes inactive, his senses blunted and he seems to have no feeling.
Now a horse with large eyes which are set far out both to the side of the head and forward, and the furrows – or wrinkles -in the forehead between the eyes indicate that the horse has a nervous disposition. And that he is ambitious. And sudden noise will scare him and make him jump. He acts through fear and is likely to develop the habit of shying and running away.
All horses have different dispositions. And each must be handled differently.
Of course if you can recognize a disposition this assays you immeasurably when buying a new horse. Sometimes a good looking horse is worthless because of its bad habits. By recognizing the type in front of you, you avoid buying a wrong one. Furthermore you do not have to take the seller’s word for how their horse behaves.