Tuesday, February 10, 2009
A Rose by Any Name Would Smell as Sweet
Part of the difficulty of learning horsemanship for anyone is mastering the complex vocabulary that has grown up around riding and horse care. It is that much more complicated if one is only nine years old, and even more complicated when trying to explain to another 9 year old that one's horse has been gelded.
One of my little riders ran into this specific problem when trying to remember the proper words for the procedure. She did not quite get it right. Her horse could not "make babies," she said because he was a "yielder" and that the vet had "yielded" him.
(The picture above is of Mokete the first pure Corolla born of the off site breeding program designed to help prevent the extinction of these incredible horses. Her existence is partially due to the fact that her father had not been "yielded."
Posted by Steve Edwards