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January 29, 2013

New book helps pair people with the perfect horse

Bunker Hill — Who are you? Are you pensive, impatient, accommodating or enthusiastic? Are you logical, quick, friendly or dramatic?

It’s a question of defining your personality. And if you’re a horse enthusiast, it’s also a question of discovering the type of horse that’s right for you.

That’s the goal of a new book written by Miami County residents Eunice Rush and Marry Morrow called, “Know You, Know Your Horse: An Intimate Look at Human and Horse Personalities”.

It hit bookstores across the country earlier this month, and the two currently are touring the Midwest for book signings and speaking engagements.  

Morrow said horses have distinct personalities just like people do. And just like people, riders get along with horses who share their same character traits.

“If you have the same core personality as your horse, you have a lot better chance of living a long, successful life together,” she said.

It seems like a simple enough idea, but Rush said it’s actually a radical method to choosing a horse and finding the best way to train it for a smooth, comfortable ride.

“This is a totally new concept,” she said. “We couldn’t find anything, anywhere like it. I think it’s a very, very unique approach.”

And Rush and Morrow would know.

Morrow said she’s studied natural horsemanship since she was 17 years old, and currently runs a horse-training program near Denver called From the Ground Up Horsemanship. She travels all over, helping riders learn what motivates and comforts their horses and teaching a non-confrontational training style. Morrow said she was responsible for the horse-side of the book.

Rush, a 62-year-old Bunker Hill resident, said she’s ridden horses since she was 10 years old. For more than 25 years, she’s worked in management and taught employees how to read personality traits to cater their sales to clients. Rush said she was responsible for the human-side of the book.

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