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