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Horse Profiling: The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes Using Emotional Conformation, Behavioral Genetics, and Herd Dynamics to Choose Training Methods, Improve Performance, and Hone Competitive Strategy
Kerry Thomas with Calvin Carter
While following wild horse herds in Wyoming and Montana, independent researcher Kerry Thomas realized that what is inside the horse (what Thomas calls “emotional conformation”) and not what is outside (how a horse is built, or his “physical conformation”) is what governs herd dynamics. He determined that this was the basis for everything horse—whatever role a horse plays in a human environment, whatever his breed, sport, or “job,” his emotional conformation dictates in large part his success or failure.
Focusing on this research Thomas identified a system of emotional profiling that enables him to determine a horse’s performance tendencies, and then began to develop ways in which horses can be mentally conditioned toward a given goal. Already used by some of the leading racehorse training and breeding programs in the world, Thomas has now provided a book that explains this unique way of analyzing the psyche of the equine athlete for all horses, and particularly those in competitive careers where performance is a primary focus. It is Thomas’ intention that his work will enable top equine athletes to perform their very best while living happy, contented lives.
KERRY THOMAS, creator of the Thomas Herding Technique™, is recognized by many around the world as a pioneering researcher and service provider in the field of Equine Athletic Psychology. Thomas has directed his innovative Emotional Conformation Profiling to the development of programs to advance equine athletes in their given field, as well as to identify the mental blocks that seem to pinion the advancement of many horses. Though Thomas works with all sport disciplines and training programs, it has been Thoroughbred racing, because of his intensive study of herd motion, which has made the most of THT efforts and continues to do so—Thomas has profiled racehorses for clients from Hollywood Park to Fair Hill Training Center, and worked with owners, trainers and teams in Europe, South America, Australia, and Hong Kong, with projects developing in China via The Royal Nanjing Jockey Club as well as the Middle East.
CALVIN L. CARTER, a pedigree analyst and freelance writer, is the owner of Classic Champion Thoroughbreds, a bloodstock consulting firm.