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Horse Matching-The Earth Horse (Part 5 of 5)

AUSTIN, Texas, —In the last installments, you’ve learned about the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of the Five Elements. Five Elements include Water, Fire, Wood, Metal and Earth—each represents a specific personality type and relates to body organs. It’s time to discuss the last of the elements—Earth. Here, we’ll analyze the Earth element—discussing how Earth horses often behave.

Once you know about each element, you can continue to learn about various combinations of the elements. You now know the basics and will soon be able to notice horses of different types—and combinations of those types. For more information about the combinations, check out Horse Harmony for a more in depth analysis.

About Earth Horses

Earth horses love two things—respect and food. They are solid citizens who want to be appreciated for the good work they do. Food treats often go a long way toward keeping them happy. They make perfect school horses and work well with children. However, they develop bad habits when their daily routine is upset.

As youngsters, Earth foals tend to be laid back. These foals often don’t even bother to get up if they are napping when you enter the stall. Earth foals also love to eat. Nursing and sleeping are their favorite activities. They are very gentle, are easy to handle, and tolerant of most weather conditions. Earth horses do well in any activity that requires steadiness and dependability. They are great trail mounts and kids’ horses.

Working with your Earth Horse

The Earth horse wants to have a regular routine and be appreciated for his work.

He also loves food. The ultimate day of relaxation for the Earth horse is to spend time in the pasture grazing, swatting flies, and being in the company of other horses. A quiet day of rest nourishes the Earth horse and ensures that he’ll be ready to return to his regular routine refreshed and revitalized.

Case in Point:

Joe Doc is rather docile for a four-year-old QH stud, though he can become nippy if he's feeling extra energetic or is agitated. He has a strong build and could be considered bulky. He is sweet-natured but is by no means a pushover. The easiest way to Joe's heart is through his stomach. Joe Doc is being started with a combination of natural horsemanship and traditional Western training methods. Although he is not particularly sensitive, he is a quick learner if one knows how to approach him. His owner has found it most productive to use a calm, steady hand with Joe Doc. Joe Doc will be a cow and ranch horse, and if proves himself as an athlete and a gentleman, he will stand at stud.

Dr. Ward’s Response:

Joe Doc’s personality fits the profile of a well-balanced Earth horse to a tee, and his owner seems to have the perfect occupation in mind for him as a ranch horse. Like many Earth horses, Joe Doc has a solid build and loves his food. I would be cautious about feeding too much sweet feed as weight can be an issue for the Earth horse. If the Earth horse becomes too heavy he is less likely to want to work hard, and this can include being reluctant to breed. Joe Doc’s lack of sensitivity is typical of an Earth horse, and this will serve him well if he does indeed become a ranch horse.

--Madalyn Ward, DVM

About Dr. Ward

Madalyn Ward, DVM, owns Bear Creek Veterinary Clinic in Austin, Texas. She is certified in Veterinary Homeopathy and Equine Osteopathy. Memberships include American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. She has authored several books and publishes the monthly newsletter, “Holistic Horsekeeping”. Her new book, entitled Horse Harmony, Understanding Horse Types and Temperaments ... Are You and Your Horse a Good Match? Is now available! To learn more about Horse Harmony or order your copy visit http://www.holistichorsekeeping.com.

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