The Thomas Herding Technique is thoroughly explained in this book that helps trainers of top equine athletes get them to perform their very best while living happy, contented lives. While following wild horse herds in Wyoming and Montana, independent researcher Kerry Thomas realized that what is inside the horse (emotional conformation) and not what is outside (how a horse is built, or its 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 breed, sport, or job—the emotional conformation dictates, in large part, success or failure. Thomas identified a system of emotional profiling—the Thomas Herding Technique—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. The technique is already used by some leading racehorse training and breeding programs in the world, and this book 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 no secret that speed, stamina, jumping ability, and athletic prowess depend on the horse’s physical ability to perform—to run, stop, turn, balance, and to be powerful or graceful. However, the world has seen many “great” athletic bodies, human and horse, fail to reach their true potential, while others, perhaps thought to be less great in form and function, reach the pinnacle of their sport or discipline.
In the world of human athletes, we might claim hard work, “grit,” or “heart” as the force greater than muscle that propels them to the top. But the horse doesn’t have performance goals in the way we do, so what is it that motivates one racehorse to leave the rest of the field behind to cross the finish line first?
Calvin L. Carter is a pedigree analyst and freelance writer who has documented for publication the sire and damsire line of all the American Classic winners. He lives in New Albany, Indiana. Kerry M. Thomas is a researcher and service provider in the field of equine athletic psychology. He developed the Thomas Herding Technique of herd profiling for sport horse industries. He lives in Cochranville, Pennsylvania.
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