Friday, December 26, 2008
We teach small children to train wild horses. We work very hard to prevent the extinction of the Corolla Spanish mustangs. We encourage natural horse care and natural hoof care. And we refuse to walk lock step behind the dictates of the established horse world.
That means that our program, to say the least, is not universally loved. In fact, we receive the occasional note filled with raging hostility and pure vitriol. It is not surprising that we receive such hostility. Programs such as ours are a threat to an elitist horse world which has created a system of 'horsemanship' that puts horse ownership beyond the means of working families, all to the detriment of horses and kids.
What the critics have in common is fear. They fear that their deeply held belief in the legitimacy of the pronouncements of the established horse world will be proven to be misplaced. They fear that their perception as being equine experts will be destroyed if more people learn how to develop the kind of relationships with horses that they are incapable of establishing.
They are like the young horses running in this herd behind Medicine Dog. They are followers. They do not know where they are going. They do not know why they are running.
We know where we are going. We know why we are running. And most importantly, we do not fear being in the front of the herd.
Posted by Steve Edwards