Interesting quote from an article I was reading. It reminds me why we should always question everything and seek answers that are true, even if we might not want that truth.
“[people will be easily fooled into believing anything] because it doesn’t matter what the reality is – we as human beings want to believe. We want the narrative we hold true to be true. And that means seeking confirmation and vilifying opposition.”
In the horse world, we cling to techniques that are familiar, clinicians that are popular, and ideas that have stood the test of time. But when is it time to learn something new? When are the old ideas the wrong ideas?
To quote the movie Men in Black:
“1500 years ago everybody KNEW the earth was the center of the universe… 500 years ago everybody KNEW the world was flat… 15 minutes ago you KNEW that people were alone on this planet… Imagine what you’ll KNOW tomorrow.”
100 years ago it was acceptable to throw a colt down, tie him up, throw a rider on, and just get on and go. The horse’s fear was ignored. Horses were cheap and the techniques were crude.
Today, that kind of training is frowned upon, but don’t let the title of “natural horsemanship” lull you into complacency. Don’t let the polished trainer on RFDTV fool you into thinking their technique is the right one for every horse.
Horses are amazing and unique. They are brave and fearful. They cannot be fit into any one mold.
Study your horse…. be your horse’s greatest advocate. Don’t let the “tried and true” methods shut down your horse.