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If Your Horse Was In High School
 By Winniefield Park   •   31st Mar 2016   •   1,150 views   •   0 comments
If Your Horse Was In High School

Horses have as many different ‘horsanalities’ as they do colors. But, if your horse was in high school, where would it fit in?

Prepster
Sleek coated, well behaved, and most likely an equitation or dressage horse, preps will only hang out with their own kind. They tend to be barn bound, preferring a nice clean stall to the wilds of a pasture. This is the horse that looks aghast at any other that acts out in the schooling arena.

Nerd
For their riders, they’re smart and willing. But socially, the nerd is perennially off-beat. They might try to hang out with any of the other horses, but they’re unable to stay in step with the herd. The thugs kick them out of the run-in shelter when everyone wants to be in there. Then they will be the lone horse in there while everyone else is out enjoying the sun. They might try to hang out with the indie, but doesn’t care for indie’s eccentric tastes. If they hang out with the partiers, they’ll likely get hurt. While everyone is raiding the feed room, nerd gets tangled up in the wheelbarrow and patiently waits for someone to untangle them.

Partier
Where is tonight’s party? Will we be trashing the stable aisle, filling the arena with manure, breaking into the feed room or seeing how many fence boards we can pull down? The parties usually start when one horse figures out how to open their stall door. From then on, it’s hijinks until dawn, when someone comes in to do the first feeding and finds the place in shambles. The partiers have been at work and having a blast.

Emo
We all know emo horse. Usually emo horse stands alone. While the rest of the herd gathers around the round bale, emo horse stands off to the side chewing disconsolately on sticks. In the stable, emo horse will be found at the back corner of its stall either weaving or cribbing. Makes friends with the resident alpaca, but has no actual horse friends. You feel bad riding emo horse.

Indie
Freewheeling indie tends to be a loner too, but has a brighter outlook on life. Indie might chum with one friend for awhile then dump them for another that seems more interesting at the moment. While all the other horses are eating hay, indie horse is all for trying something different, like nibbling on the chickweed growing over the fence. Indies don’t care how they look, so a good coating of mud is just fine with them. While ridden, indies can have their own way of doing things. They’re happy to turn 20 meter circles into abstract art.

Thug
Does your horse have bite marks out of its hide? Are there gashes in its turnout rug? Blame the thug. These bullies need to be first to the round bale, and woe to any other that gets in their way. They will bite someone, just for the sake of biting. They don’t need a reason. Nerds know to just stay clear. They might not mind hanging out with the drama queen. And they find jocks useful friends. Thugs can be a menace when ridden. Other riders and horses quickly learn to watch out for its heels.

Drama Queen
While the emo horse is quietly rebellious, drama queen makes no attempt to hide her feelings. Often a chestnut, the drama queen goes snake-faced if she doesn’t get fed first. Snorting and pawing in the stall are her trademark when things aren’t going her way. She can’t possibly stand in the stall beside emo horse and kicks the wall while threatening to eat him. She often hangs out with thugs, although they’re apt to turn on her. Drama queens can be divas under saddle too. You want me to get my hooves wet? That jump is turned in a slightly different direction! I think there’s a spot of dirt under my saddle pad and it’s making me sooooo uncomfortable.

The Jock
Jocks are good looking and athletic and they know it. They can be hard working, but they also like the attention they get. They have no problem being surrounded by adoring fans, horse or human. They don’t mind hanging out with the partiers, and may even help them with some of the trickier door latches. They may hang out with a drama queen but can get impatient with her antics. Jocks can also be good to the nerd, which is good because the nerd could use a friend.

So, what would your horse be? A nerd, jock, prep, or something else altogether?
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