I'm sitting here writing this post, much later in the evening than I expected, but I'm still positive about it because dang it, I'm a red/yellow achiever and I'm gonna get it done because I said I would! For a blue, this might be more challenging. They're perfectionists, so if it didn't get done at 5pm like they planned, they have failed themselves.
Blues are deep-thinkers that are often process-driven, punctual perfectionists. These kiddos make great leaders as they can empathize with others and "feel" deeply. They can often come off as being a little melancholy, but it may be because they are out of their routine or not living up to their own very high standards.
Challenges with Blues and their Horses
1. They are perfectionists and can often get so down on themselves that they lack the drive needed to push on with their horse. They may even often refer to themselves as "not good enough".
2. They are process driven, if things get unorganized, they might not be able to perform to the best of their abilities. You'll especially notice their lack of performance if you change things up on them without warning.
3. They can get stuck in the "my way is best" mentality, which can be very difficult in the arena.
Supporting your Blue in their Horse Journey
1. Create clear, concise goals that are attainable for Blues. If they "fail" it is very important to acknowledge their sadness but move quickly past it so they don't get stuck...and you don't either! Show them examples of people who have had to work hard to get it just right. It is important for them to be reminded that they won't get it perfect the first time, but that mastery can be attained with practice and patience, which blues have!
2. Try to stick to the plan...and when you think a plan might change, warn them ahead of time. They will not appreciate that you decided to do a trail ride instead of arena work without telling them in advance. Blues have to learn to be flexible, but when it comes to adding a horse into the equation, keep it as predictable as possible!
3. Allow them time to re-charge! Like everyone, but more so with the introspective blues, they need alone time. Give them tasks they can do by themselves like cleaning stalls, grazing their horse or bathing. They'll appreciate it and be open to hear your ideas and methods.
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