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January 29, 2013

New book helps pair people with the perfect horse


Bunker Hill —

The two authors said they made an unlikely writing team. Morrow said she’s an analytical introvert, while Rush said she’s a decisive extrovert. Morrow wanted tons of details in the book. Rush just wanted to get it written.

“We had to combine two very different philosophies on how to write this,” Rush said. “But it was nice having two perspectives coming into it.”

The two met at one of Morrow’s training clinics and became fast friends. Rush said the “light bulb came on” for the book after the two analyzed each others’ personalities, and then the personality of their favorite horses. Sure enough, they discovered their most-loved equines shared their own character traits.

After two years of research traveling to Ohio, Kentucky and all over Indiana, observing and learning how riders got along with their animals, that initial hypothesis was proven correct.

A year later, the two had the first manuscript typed up. After intensive editing from their publisher, Trafalgar Square Books in Vermont, it was ready for print.  

Morrow said “Know You, Know Your Horse” is full of questionnaires to determine riders’ personalities, as well as a horse’s natural demeanor.

When it comes to people, Rush said there are four basic categories: analysts, mediators, advocates and powerful.

There are also four categories for horses. The thinker is curious, food-oriented and inventive. The worker is willful, friendly and hard-working. Actors are reserved, devoted and intense. And talkers are spirited, active and impulsive.

“I think all living things have a personality — it’s just a matter how they react,” Morrow said. “As people, we all change constantly. When you’re at home, you’re at your core personality. But you probably take on a different personality when you’re at work. But horses tend not to change. They are what they are, and it’s difficult to make them change.”

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