This evening I was flipping through one of those local free equine industry magazines...you know the type- an assortment of articles on training and health, as well as a smattering of local club updates, events calenders, horses for sale and other equine related product advertising. Here in the Northwest we have Equine Connections, Saddle Up, The Northwest Horse Connection and a few others. Whenever I pick up these magazines I always intend to read the articles but inevitably I end up flipping through, looking at the pictures and products, the horses for sale and such but never really giving the informative articles more than a cursory glace before guiltily turning the page. I have a LOT to learn about all aspects of horse care and riding... loads, heaps, oodles... but sometimes I just get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information we, as horsemen, are expected to know, learn, or care about...
Do you ever get tired of it? Do you ever just step back and say..."Yes, I realize that it is important for me to be able to recognize the signs of blindness, but heaven help me I just dont give a shit!" Is it really necessary for me to read the university study on "Feeding the Senior Horse" when my mare is only six? Why do I feel like I'm a horrible horsemen when I flip past the "Seven Signs of Laminitis" to check out that hot pink Pro Choice saddle pad on page six?
I know I'm not always the sharpest tool in the shed but really, why is it that I've been reading and learning about horses since I was a little girl but I still feel like a complete imbecile every time I flip open a horse magazine?
Is there any end to what we must learn? From founder to farriers, feed to foals... geldings to groundwork, gut sounds to gymkhanas...artificial aids to a.i.... shall I go on?
How about balking....
And that's just the "b"s!!
I want to learn more about horses...really! I do! I just sometimes resent the feeling that if I dont know (or *gasp* dont care) that makes me a bad horseman...
Am I alone?