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Ride the Right Horse: Understanding the Core Equine Personalities & How to Work with Them [Hardcover]

Yvonne Barteau
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Book Description

April 30 2007
A compatible personality is the most desirable quality in a horse, yet it is much harder to assess than gait or conformation. All horses have distinct personality traits that make them more or less suitable for various riding styles and disciplines. Riders and trainers who understand how to work with, not against, a horse's temperament will be rewarded with a happier, more successful human/equine relationship.

Dressage trainer Yvonne Barteau describes the four basic equine personality types — social, fearful, aloof, and challenging — and the different clues to identify a horse's primary personality. Often the dominant personality type is complemented by a secondary trait, creating, for example, the aloof-challenging or fearful-social horse. Using clear signals and readily identi-fied behavior patterns, riders can determine any horse's type and then use this book's tips and techniques to improve training sessions.

Fun and enlightening as it is to analyze equine characteristics, it's just as important to understand how the personalities of both the rider and the trainer affect each horse. Barteau includes a self–evaluation quiz to help the reader determine what her own riding and handling preferences are and how she can use that knowledge to work more effectively with her current horse or to shop smarter when selecting a new equine partner.

Fascinating case studies, stories, and profiles of famous horses and their riders offer readers real-life examples of how compatible personalities work together to achieve great things!

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“This is an excellent read for someone looking for a new horse, who feels a conflict with their horse, or who wants to understand human-horse relationships more deeply.  Across the disciplines, any serious rider can learn from this book.”

Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar


“[Yvonne Barteau’s] methods can open the door to understanding and making a lasting, harmonious connection.  Interesting reading!”

Natural Horse


“…a good guide for those just entering the equine world, especially those who are looking to buy their first horse.  It is also beneficial to the experienced horseman since it organizes and clearly defines what may already be intuitive.”



“[Barteau’s] secret is to identify each horse’s basic personality type and work with, rather than against, the animal’s natural inclinations.  Readers can put her successful methods to work for themselves to help yield winning results.”

Tack ‘n’ Togs


“For those interested in learning more about the fundamentals of equine temperament and personality, this is a good place to start.”

Ride! Magazine



About the Author

Yvonne Barteau is the author of Ride the Right Horse. She is an FEI trainer, rider, and instructor and a United States Dressage Federation Medalist. She has coached students to a variety of year-end awards and championships, including USDF’s all-breed Horse of the Year. She has trained some of the top horses in the United States

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight into the Equine Mind Feb. 14 2012
This book is an exceptionally pleasant read...well-written and easy to follow the concepts. I particularly liked the author's use of her own experiences and real examples to explain personality and training issues. I certainly have a very different perspective on horse behavior after reading this book. This one is a must in all equine libraries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ride the right horse: etc Feb. 17 2010
Book arrived in great condition, but I had forgotten about the slowness of the standard mailing system. So it was later than I expected.
The book is a birthday present for my daughter and she loves it. Easy to read and very informative. She is a rider/owner and knows quite a bit about horses and says this will be a valuable asset to her library of books on the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different approach to horse temperaments June 24 2009
I found this book to be very helpful in identifying horses. It really goes into details about every aspects of choosing the right horse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ride the Right Horse, Understanding the Core Equine Personalities & How to Work with Them, by Yvonne Barteau Dec 3 2007
By Carla Inman - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book in one sitting, and refer to it again and again. Yvonne Barteau has written a unique contribution to the equine genre. It helped me understand my mare, whom I have dubbed "social/challenging" under most circumstances and "challenging/social" when she is in heat! Barteau's extensive equine experience as a United States Dressage Federation medalist and competition dressage trainer gives her undisputed credibility. This is the perfect book for equine enthusiasts who believe they already have read everything written about horse training.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book - A must for any serious horse person Jan. 14 2008
By Tami L. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book because of the articles in Dressage Today. I really love the case studies and the training tips. I was quickly able to pick out all three of my own horses and get ideas on how to improve their training. The book is easy to read straight through or once you know your horses type to go straight to the parts that apply to them. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Jan. 10 2008
By Stefanie A. Martinelli - Published on Amazon.com
When I heard that Yvonne was going to write a book, I eagerly awaited its release. I have watched and competed against Yvonne on the Arabian circuit and admired she and Kim's ability to work with the horses under such 'non-traditional'(for the horses anyway) circumstances at Arabian Nights in Orlando. The horses seem very well adjusted to their jobs - and I just LOVE the show!! Aside from her USDF competition achievements mentioned in another review, working with these performance horses gives her more than enough credibility all by itself.
The book is very insightful and, while I feel as if I have been aware of the innate differences in personalities of the horses I have been involved with, this has given me a fun way to categorize them all over again. Considering your horses' personality can be such a tremendous asset to the overall training process that shouldn't be ignored. This is an educational and fun way to think it through!!
I haven't finished the book yet - but, I can't wait to learn and think more about how an INTJ like me can best fit with my seemingly Social/Challenging 1/2 Arab yearling and my Aloof/Social Arab stallion.
Thanks for a great read Yvonne!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride the Right Horse July 29 2007
By Paula Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book on determining horses' temperaments and how to work with them. It explained a lot and gave me good direction as to how to best work with our horses.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the novice and not so novice rider Aug. 31 2008
By lady of the lake - Published on Amazon.com
A friend loaned me this book and I loved it. Yvonne Barteau's simple method of identifying horse dispositions and character traits can be easily understood and used by both the novice and experienced horse person. Her case studies make this book entertaining as well as informative. In fact, I recently made good use of a banana treat to successfully guide my sweet, social horse through a training snag thanks to the knowledge I gained from this book. Thanks to Yvonne for helping me understand what type horse will be best for my personality type and rider type.
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