We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein


I just returned from the AHA annual convention and our organization has many dedicated people who work very hard to keep everything working.  Love the tag line Connect, collaborate and create.  The most interesting thing about all the stuff that is discussed at such an event is the ridiculous amount of over thinking an issue….. or is it?  The problem is that we don’t trust each other’s morals enough to have a common goal and stick to it.  For an example, our shoeing regulations are very difficult to address because something that is therapeutic and helps one horse is used to enhance and probably hurt another.  So how do we justify and distinguish the difference?  Another issue is the diminishing breeding and ownership of our horses.  I sat next to a man returning from the Quarter horse congress show on my flight home and we discussed the similarities in both breeds.  We all want the same thing.  We want more people enjoying horses and thus purchasing and supporting the horse industry.  But then why do we focus on making our biggest shows bigger by adding classes at the top events and watching the small shows get smaller and close down?

The same thoughts can be considered with the Syrian refuges.  Of course this is the best country for helping those legitimate refuges, but we can’t let them in if we are letting terrorists in at the same time.  The same thing can be said for a mother saving a child before herself.  If they are on an island alone and the mother dies saving her child the child will end up alone with no one to care for him and he will die as well.  If the mother saves herself she has a chance to save them both.  Tough choice for sure.

In a way this is the opposite of how I say to train a horse.  We can’t break this down into smaller and smaller steps we have to look at the big picture.  Start with the whole and work to the core.  I believe we need a bigger market to sell the horses to.  Not selling more horses to people who already have interest, but new people who are not interested in horses yet.  The TAIL program is awesome!  Thanks Stacy.  What more can we do?  Lesson and academy programs are a great start, but don’t seem to fill the void with new people yet.  Lesson people showing in ATR classes would work too if we had horses available. There are plenty of ATR classes to show in.  A good friend has camps and builds his lesson program from the camp attendees, which is another great interest generating idea.  Maybe our goal should be this kind of exposure and expansion.

All these are big picture problems with no simple solutions, but so were the pyramids and they got built.


By |2015-11-22T23:45:17-06:00November 23rd, 2015|Life|2 Comments


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    Theresa Rice November 23, 2015 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I am so excited you wrote this. I have a piece in draft right now about being inclusive, welcoming newbies and being good stewards of the horse industry. I'll share the link when it's up. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    Stacey Dunn November 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks, to you & Pam, too, for always supporting the TAIL program!!!!

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