Horses pervade my daily thoughts. They saunter in just as the alarm goes off and they whisk me away on their backs when I lay my head to sleep. During the day snippets of trotting, galloping, and great adventures roll across my mind’s eye.
I count myself fortunate to have an understanding family, the abilty to keep and ride horses, and the opportunities to engage in a lot of clinics and conferences concerning them. I live in New Jersey, a state that has a huge horse population, the USET headquarters and easy driving distance to some of the best medical, training and breeding help in the nation.
I’ve done a bit of dressage, eventing, competitive trail, and pleasure riding. I’ve dealt with mixes, Throughbreds, Quarter horses, Warmbloods and Icelandics. I’ve helped organize 3 star-competitions, taken lessons with FEI competitors, worked in an equine neonatal clinic, gone on treks,
In my youth, I longed to be a natural rider and an exceptional competitor; a horse whisper at the very least. I was kept humble on all accounts. But those loses kept me always searching, how does the animal’s body work, how does my body work on the animal’s back? Soon I was looking at the nutrition, and management. Then I was pulled to look at the environment, and now I’ve succumb to looking at the politics of horses.
Throughout this journey I’ve seen many parallels in other areas and had a thousand questions cross my mind. And now I think its time I wrote down those thoughts and questions. Perhaps someone else is thinking about them too.