Transparency, as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in other social contexts, implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. It has been defined simply as “the perceived quality of intentionally shared information from a sender.” Transparency is practiced in companies, organizations, administrations, and communities. It guides an organization’s decisions and policies on the disclosure of information to its employees and the public, or simply the intended recipient of the information.
This is the definition via Wikipedia. I got to thinking about how when we talk with people, including horse people, we are on guard if what they are saying is the whole truth and nothing but. Why is it that we go through life fearing what is real? Sometimes I worry about how people perceive what I am saying and then I realize I should say screw it, it’s just some words not the end of the world. That’s really what this blog is about. I quote the “Citizenship In A Republic” speech a lot.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt
So, I believe the horse world needs help. From horse sales and judging conflicts, to owners responsibility, to trainers and trainers responsibility to owners. Vets who over treat the horses and everyone blames the farrier for a horse who was bred with bad feet. That said the horse world is a pretty cool thing to be involved in. I would probably have five friends instead of the 500 I have if it wasn’t for this great community of people. We all have rich clients and poor clients and both have different ideas about horses, but they all LOVE their horses and that is pretty amazing.
I need your help. Shoot me an email with topics of how to better the horse world. firstname.lastname@example.org. I will write about the topics and hopefully we can start a positive discussion on how to make this an even better horse world.
Final thought- when you think of the topics please remember this quote.
You are responsible for the energy you bring into a space. – Jill Bolte Taylor