Create a Mind Shift
Throughout history there have been individuals as well as groups of “secret” societies who risked their lives because of their beliefs and their strong sense of integrity. In most situations, these people went up against organizations with a lot of power and money.
Each of us have beliefs we feel strongly about.
Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.” ~ Alexander Hamilton
These days you won’t hear about people burning at the stake for their beliefs but you will hear constant controversy over certain subjects. It’s no different in the horse industry.
For example, there’s controversy between approaches to “training” horses versus horse development. You can narrow that down further to traditional horse care versus holistic/natural horse care. Then, you can go further with it … within the natural horse care community, there’s controversy on approaches. Even further … there’s controversy within the barefoot horse community.
The list goes on and on, so who do you believe?
It’s no wonder most people are confused about horse care
Like you, I’ve struggled over the years in search of the truth and what’s right for my horses. But what does the truth mean?
All I can say is that no one has all the answers and if someone says she does, I tend to be careful about believing what comes out of her mouth.
Throughout my life, I’ve come across different extremes of individuals and their approaches (or lack of) to finding answers to their “problems.”
I’ve observed there are three categories of people:
- Those who don’t want to study or improve themselves and they just need someone to tell them what to do. It may be difficult for them to sift through information and choose an appropriate direction. They usually say … “Just tell me what to do.”
- Those who study and want to improve themselves but they get stuck only believing the teachings of “one” individual or organization. These people tend to appear cultish when it comes to their beliefs and they’re close-minded to other possibilities. This type of individual will usually be pushy with their beliefs and typically run more people off rather than “converting” them.
- Those who seek continuous improvement. This form of “improvement” starts first with themselves in the form of personal development. By default, this allows them to be open to possibilities. At the same time, they stand for something. Usually they take the best from both extremes. They observe, remember and compare. This type of individual wants to be a master at what they do – not a perfectionist but a master. Setting good examples is what comes natural to them.
The result … they plant a seed, they cause a ripple effect and they create a mind shift.”
I believe that each of us fit into at least one of those categories or a variation there-of. In my opinion it’s part of evolving as an individual.
So, what does this have to do with horses?
Keep it soulful,
Photo Credit – original photo modified in size and to include the Soulful Equine name and URL