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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

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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 TechniqueTM, 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.


The work contained within this text is without question an absolute 'must know' for all horseman., The International Equestrian Shop
"Independent researcher Kerry Thomas shares his thoughts in Horse Profiling, a compelling read. You may never look at your horse in the same way again."
I feel extremely fortunate to have made the acquaintance of Kerry whose work I feel will be extremely relevant, not only within the field of Equines which in itself is in dire need of the kind of understanding and scientific input which he brings to the table, but within all spheres involving living beings, where his approach to the dynamics which he understands and explains so well will I feel contribute to a better world for all. I am thankful also that in today's world mulit-media can ensure that his important message can reach an enormous audience as his work can contribute enormously all over the world.
— Her Royal Highness Princess Alia Al Hussein