For those of you who don’t read Horse Collaborative, you should start. It’s amazing and wonderful and educational and funny.
Today they posted a link to an article called 10 Things All Horse People Want to Say (But Usually Don’t) which is basically about how everyone in the horse industry has a different opinion on how things should be done when dealing with horses.
My #1 biggest omg-my-blood-is-boiling pet peeve with the equine industry is that EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT OPINION. How is it possible that man has been working with horse for hundreds of years, and there isn’t one obvious, solid answer to how should I put my horse on cross ties?!?!? (Yes, there is more than one way, and no, nobody has been able to explain to me why their way is better than X, Y, or Z way)
And this is why I blog. I’m hoping that someday I’ll be able to compile a list of “best practices for equestrians in the year 20-whatever” for how to work with horses on everything. I’m honestly surprised nobody has done it yet. Let me rephrase: I’m surprised nobody has compiled a list from multiple credible sources within our community and created a “horse bible,” if you will. I know I see books by all these famous riders and horsemen, that’s great! But that’s still only 1 opinion. And (no offense to George Morris) we can’t just rely on one king to rule them all. We need to push further, question everything, and really get to the bottom of why we do things. It reminds me of that time when I posted about why we figure 8 bridles, and I barely got any responses. I wonder how many people went home and actually wondered why they were doing this seemingly unimportant task all this time?
That aside, I’m hoping in the new year to post more questions in my “clueless” category, and I’m looking at you, equestrian world, to provide the answers with solid, logical reasoning (“because that’s how you do it” doesn’t fly with me).
Let’s go, 2016!!