We hear this a lot, but challenge those who have said this with “Did you know what to look for?”
I would like to believe we are, as a species, well-meaning and kind for the most part. That we would never intentionally cause discomfort and harm to an animal.
That being said, it’s very easy to cause harm simply by not knowing what to look for or understanding the ways in which your horse is trying to tell you something is wrong.
It doesn’t make you a horrible person for not knowing, we all start somewhere and begin with knowing nothing. If you search out knowledge and expert guidance, you’re already ahead. We only know what we know, and as long as we continue to educate ourselves, we can continue to do better for ourselves and our horses.
Don’t allow yourself to be ruled by your guilt or denial, don’t let it blind you to the issues your horse is trying to communicate to you about. Your past, be it lack of knowledge, improper riding style, unacceptable horsemanship are the past and shouldn’t define how you move forward. Know your past, accept it as where you came from and learn from it to improve.
It goes from “Well I’ve never had a problem” to “I didn’t realize that was a problem.”
One is denial and stuck in ignorance.
One is acceptance and shows an openness to learning and improving.
For the sake of your horse, which way will you go?
Education is a lifelong journey and we’d love to share our knowledge with you, so you can share it within your community.