Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Reality Of Breed Conservation

The cliche is true--if it was easy then everyone would do it. Several years ago an experienced mustang person wrote me that the successful preservationists were those who not only made it their life's work but were those who were "willing to impoverish their families" to prevent the extinction of these historic horses.

Pretty strong term.

The reality is that preservationists do not make money--instead they make contributions--and not even contributions to people that that know. The contributions are entirely to future generations. There are few endeavors that one could pursue in which success is defined simply by creating an environment in which someone else, two generations down the road, might be willing to make preserving the horses their life's work.

So long as the ember still glows, however faintly, the flame might burst out.

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