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Monday, 18 July 2011

No miracles here

Regular readers probably know that I write this blog (more accurately, sweat, bleed and salt the air - seeing as how I am not that IT literate) to provide some inspiration for people with more challenging horses and barefoot newbies.  Yeah and there is a bit of personal satisfaction too, let's not forget that.  I am only human and a pretty flawed one.

But I don't do it to parade 'miracles'.  All the horses on this blog are cared for either in livery or at home, with the exception of the odd rehab I had before I ever went pro.

And that is the point really, because it is the care that they receive that transforms these horses.  Not my trimming, not some super special feed or supplement, but a general holistic, horse centric care approach.

True, the tall horses need the length adjusted etc, but without proper care all I could achieve would be some pretty basic adjustments.  Some horses need a long period of rehabiliation and the carer may need advice on how to rehabiliate a hoof, but they should take the credit for any success because they are the ones who have delivered the care.

And yes, sometimes progress is a little slower than it could be because the owner is learning, but you know equally it is sometimes really really fast. And previous horse experience is not really any kind of guide.  What does count is putting the horse first and learning to 'read' them and respond appropriately.

So what I am trying to say is, when trawling the net and this blog in particular, as you peruse the before and after photos, just remember the only miracle at play is the miracle of mother nature.


Wolfie said...

I always enjoy your posts. You work together with the horse's caregiver, and I think that is absolutely key. It is a team effort. For me, the people on my team are my farrier, my vet and my barn owner. They all get along, fortunately, and will work with each other. I appreciate that my farrier and barn owner can also "read" my horse and I really appreciate being able to use them as a sanity check every once and a while.

Anonymous said...

I would just have clicked 'like' on FB if it was possible. just all in all very nicely said....!

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