IU Southeast
Summer 2013 19
IU Southeast alumnus uses pedigree and personality to pick
thoroughbred champions
By Erica Walsh
hen it comes to picking a winner, it’s not just the physical traits that
matter to Calvin Carter.
One has to take personality and pedigree into consideration. That’s
even more important when the winner you’re trying to pick is a
thoroughbred.
Carter, B.A. ’82, is the co-author of the book
Horse Profiling: The Secret
to Motivating Equine Athletes,
and he combines his expertise as a
bloodline analyst with co-author Kerry Thomas’s use of herd dynamics,
behavioral genetics, and emotional conformation to pick the top
thoroughbreds each racing season.
The unique combination of factors puts just as much emphasis on the
emotional traits of the horse as the physical traits, unlike traditional
evaluations that look mainly at strength and body type.