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Chinese Medicine Personality Tests

There are 5 elements in TCVM. Wood-Fire-Earth-Metal-Water. Each of these elements has a specific personality associated with it. Each animal can be said to have a specific personality, or constitution, and each constitution can be predisposed to a specific set of problems. See which personality fits your horse (or dog). (Remember, nothing is pure — they can be a mixture but one always seems to be the dominant personality.)

Equine Personality Test

Wood Type
• “I’m in charge!!”
• Confident, Dominant
• Active, Energetic, Athletic
• Impatient
• Intolerant to new ideas
• Easily angered, ears back, stomps, kicks, strikes, may bite especially when imbalanced

Fire Type
• ‘It’s all about me!!!”
• Friendly, loves to be petted or touched, wants to be the center of attention
• Excited, noisy
• Difficult to keep still
• Very sensitive, tends to not like needles
• Exaggerates (“Makes a mountain out of a mole hill.”)

Earth Type
• “Let’s all get along!”
• Takes care of others
• Laid back
• Easily satisfied, mellow
• Friendly
• Enjoys relaxing
• Moves slow

Metal Type
• “We have to follow the rules!”
• Organized, quiet, aloof (doesn’t need anyone)
• Disciplined, Confident
• Follows the rules, likes order
• Prepared for what happens next
• Clean haircoat

Water Type
• “I’m scared!!”
• Watches your every movement
• Not confident
• Nervous
• Hides or runs away
• May present rump or threaten to kick when examined

Small Animal Personality Test

Wood Type
• “I’m in charge!!”
• Confident, Dominant
• Active, Energetic, Athletic
• Impatient
• Bites with little provocation
• Irritable, crabby

Fire Type
• “It’s all about me!!!”
• Friendly, loves to be petted or touched, wants to be the center of attention
• Excited, noisy, barks constantly
• Hyperexcitable
• Very sensitive, tends to not like needles
• Exaggerates (“Makes a mountain out of a mole hill.”)

Earth Type
• “Let’s all get along!”
• Takes care of others
• Laid back, eager to please
• Easily satisfied, mellow
• Friendly
• Enjoys relaxing
• Moves slow

Metal Type
• “We have to follow the rules!”
• Organized, quiet, aloof (doesn’t need anyone)
• Disciplined, Confident
• Follows owners commands
• Prepared for what happens next
• Clean haircoat

Water Type
• “I’m scared!!”
• Watches your every movement
• Not confident
• Nervous
• Hides or runs away
• Fear biter
• Urine leakage when approached

The 5 personalities also hold true for people. If you want to see which element(s) you are most closely associated with, take a human personality test. (This is an unassociated website.)

Information from Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine by Huisheng Xie DVM, PhD, MS and Vanessa Priest DVM.