We had a winter workshop here at Parelli Central a while ago, the theme was: Staying Progressive in Winter.
Molly Sanders and Petra Christensen made a good team as they took us through a variety of topics including horsenalities. I am always amazed at how many times I have covered this topic and yet I always learn something new. When I first got Sienna (2008) I had a hard time filling out her horsenality chart, this is how it looked..
When filling out this chart, I would read the descriptions in all four quadrants and consistently say to myself: "Nope" she's not that", and the 4 dots I was able to place were mostly mild qualities.
Three years ago I didn't know about the Positive Attributes chart. I looked at one about 8 months ago and saw that Sienna was all over it, but the workshop was the first time I had actually filled one out and this is what it looked like....
When people ask me to describe Sienna, i'll tell them is that she is very level headed, smart, a fast learner, very dependable and sweet. I think if i'd have filled out the positive chart when I first got her, it wouldn't look very much different than it does now. Does that mean that she's not improving? What it means is that she has a lot of reliable qualities (more dot's in the bottom two quadrants) and we could improve on our performance qualities (less dots in the top two quadrants), but she is on her way to being a more "All-Rounded" horse (more dots in more quadrants).
This stuff is always exciting to me and I can never get enough of it.