Think back for a moment. What caused you to believe that barefoot is best for your horse?
I bet that once you invoked your critical thinking skills, and became knowledgeable about the subject, there was no turning back. As a result, you realized you had to learn continuously, become a thinker and a problem solver.
Since you believe bare is better for your equine partner, do you occasionally run into someone who thinks you’re high on drugs? Crazy? A tree hugger?
At first, human nature takes over – your ego surfaces and you’re ready for battle.
Once the dust settles, you take a step back to see things from their point of view. Plus, you were once in their shoes (no pun intended). You think, “They love their horse, too.”
Ransom, Stephanie and Faith
Picture this – you walk out to halter your horse. She doesn’t offer to come to you so you decide to try the “bucket of grain” bribe technique.
As you shake the bucket to make a little noise, your horse looks up, pointing her ears toward you. Then she goes about her business – ignoring you and continuing to eat grass. You think to yourself, “I’ve seen people get their horse to run to them. How come mine won’t do that? I have a bucket of grain. Isn’t that enough?”
Have you ever compared a picture of a domesticated horse to one of her wild counter-parts?
Can you tell which horse is wild and which isn’t at first glance?
I can easily spot a picture of a wild horse. There’s a different look about them that’s not superficial or defeated and doesn’t cry “my spirit is gone.”
A common term that floats around natural horse care circles is wild horse model. Put simply, it means modeling an environment for the domesticated equine that mimics that of a wild horse’s habitat.
This concept can vary because there’s no “one” wild horse model. There are models which are more optimal for the domesticated horse, but there isn’t just one.