Well apparently , taking time to rest and recuperate , gets me thinking . Hope you all can bear with me and follow this tangled ramble
"In order to truly learn all you can , you need to listen with an open mind, and a closed mouth.
Remember every voice in your world has merit, and no matter how young, old, silly or inexperienced you think they are , you can learn something from them, maybe even something about yourself"
I posted this on Facebook the other day .it is a compilation of statements I have heard in the past ,and what my own thoughts were, so not a direct quote , but certainly a familiar message .
And something I believe very strongly to be true. Regardless of your level of education , or experience , there is always more to learn.
Be it with your job, or your day to day life . And of course working with animals . We , who have been at it a while , are often quick to judge the "newbies " in the industry and deny them credibility. That is wrong, because while we very well may have something to teach them, they may also have something to teach us ,if we let them . And I believe the key to the industry coming back is the new folk. They need support and mentoring, but they also deserve, and demand our respect!
I read an article written by a large scale breeder the other day, rather than bashing the small breeder she was congratulating us/them on sticking with it in the horse industry , her take is that it is us the smaller breeder who are keeping the industry afloat, raising one or 2 -4 really good quality horse a year, with a clear eye on the needs and wants of the industry, working hard to produce the very best we can.
Small breeders are often the first place a new horse buyer goes to find their first horse, and we are the gateway to the horse industry in a way. We need to be ambassadors in a way to get them not only involved in the industry , but to keep them happy and wanting to stay.
One thing , among the very many things we can learn from new folk, is to regain our joy .That spark of pure happiness when we got our first horse, our first successful canter and on and on . They will if we let them refresh us and teach us to let go of the rope and bit and get back to enjoying our horses. And for that they deserve our thanks and respect.
Thanks for all the sweet comments on my last post, I am fine , just think the weather and time of year knocked the wind out of my sails.
Will be out today hopefully even taking some pics , though it is still pretty white so...
Stay safe and Warm!
Welcome to Fern Valley
Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .