Persons with “horse personalities”, according to Wikipedia, are said to have some of the following characteristics: very active, possessed of mental thought processes characterized by lightning-quick speed to the point of faultiness, self-confident, ambitious, fond of exercise, and temperamentally impatient to the point of explosiveness. Does this description of persons born under the Horse sign mean that horses possess these characteristics?
I asked Layne Bremner about one of his Chuckwagon Horses, Russian. ‘They all have their own personalities and Russian is a quiet, laid back horse, though every spring he realises racing season is coming. It’s time for work and he starts getting excited about it’. Hmmm… the fond of exercise characteristic certainly applies to Russian during race season. So how does a horse (very active and fond of exercise) spend his training days as he works on that mental thought processes characterized by lightning-quick speed attribute? Layne says, ‘we start him off at a mile, at a light jog and slowly build up. By the time racing season starts, he can be around 4-5 miles of jogging. They get their racing wind – like a sprinter. When they race, it’s a short race: 5/8’s of a mile, so they can then do the short blasts quick like a sprinter.’ Lightning-quick speed – check!
What about Race Day? Is Russian self-confident, ambitious? Layne says, ‘they have a sense that its race day from all the people and activity’. But what about the: impatient to the point of explosiveness characteristic? Layne laughs, ‘Some [horses] do something called stall walking where they lean back and forth in the corral -just like a person pacing. Russian doesn’t do this – he is calm and relaxed’.
Researching The Year of The Horse, there is a wealth of information describing it to be a time of victories, fortune, high energy and decisive action. This appears like it could also be referred to as The Year of The Chucks.