Sunday, September 23, 2012


I can't begin to understand why it is so difficult for horse people to work together. Especially in the breeds small in numbers, people seem to be hellbent on doing things their way. They seem to do anything, any which way but get along, let alone cooperate... 

Now I totally understand the mental fortitude required to be enthusiastic about and push the barrow for a small and unknown breed of horses. The prerequisite is possibly to be a rugged individualist and to have a certain amount of stubbornness. But I sometimes wonder if those same personality traits drive people to be so unbelievably resistant to tolerance, communication and cooperation.

As I see it, nobody lives in isolation. For a small (in numbers) breed of horses, the involvement of more people is not just desirable, it is essential. Limited gene-pools and knowledge of breed specific training means that cooperation among a small lot of breeders and enthusiasts will benefit everyone. Not only the breed overall, but every individual involved.

Sadly though, I see over and over again that people are apparently unable to put aside their egos and personal agendas. I also know horse people who CAN and DO work together, for mutual benefit as well as betterment of their chosen breed. Such a pity that they are the exception rather than the rule.

So if you are enthusiastic about YOUR breed of horse, please do some soul-searching. That, and some critical self-evaluation of your words and actions. Maybe, just maybe, there is a better way to get along with your fellow breeders and enthusiasts, and by giving a bit, you will gain a lot in the long run.

After all, having horses is a privilege and a joy, and it's about realizing a passion, which we share.

Carlos NS performing family duties for my nephew Will and his dad Tony

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