True North

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True North

I saw a video on Facebook the other day. It was of a reining horse demonstrating the maneuvers of reining. The horse and rider were doing a fantastic job in my opinion. I noticed in the comments that someone said how disgusting it was that the horses head was so low and how could anyone think that was a good thing. This got me thinking of how we all think and how, over time, our ideas and morals change to fit our environment. I thought of the Tennessee Walking Horse people. Do they think that soaring a horse and having six inches of pad on a horse’s foot is ok? Or do they know it’s not ok and they do it anyway? I think it isn’t either. I believe that, like everyone, we get conditioned to our society whether that society is the horse community, the family unit or the community that we live in. Two stories that explain.

Two old men are sitting on a porch rocking in the rocking chairs. A hound dog is lying between them. Every few minutes the dog howls in pain, but doesn’t move. One old man asks the other what’s wrong with the dog? The other man says he’s laying on a nail. The first old man says why doesn’t he move? The other old man says because it doesn’t hurt that bad.

If you bring a pot of water to a boil and then throw a frog into it the frog will jump out, but if you put a frog into a pot of water and then slowly turn the heat up he will stay in it until he’s cooked.

As we go through life there are moments that matter. A great friend of mine told me that there will be a day when I find the line and if I am true to myself and my beliefs I won’t cross it. We draw a line in the sand when we feel we bump against a moral issue. When this happens a few times, we see a path forming. If we stay behind our lines in the sand, we find our direction. I believe that direction is true north.

I don’t think our standards of right or wrong are stagnant or a fixed thing. We all grow so they too must grow. Maybe standards isn’t the best word. Maybe the right word is ethics, or principles, but the idea is all the same.

What say you?

By |2016-11-29T16:44:02-06:00November 30th, 2016|Life|2 Comments


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    Kelsey Strong November 30, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Spot on, Hoyt. When I had to leave the Arab world and now work with AQHA and cows, I see this exact situation in both worlds. It’s sad, actually. Sad because sometimes people from “either side” can’t appreciate each other’s horsemanship… Yet sad because it’s like an ostrich with its head in the sand – sometimes the trainers I look up to the most are the ones that push bad horsemanship without a second thought because that’s what’s accepted in their area of the horse world.

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    Kristin Hansen November 30, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Right is right and wrong is wrong. The gray in between is guided by dicernment.

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