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Horse Sense

 

Common advice from knowledgeable horse trainers includes the adage, "If the horse you're riding dies, get off!" Seems simple enough, but in the education business, we aren't always that perceptive. Instead, we often choose from an array of other alternatives:

  • Buy a stronger whip
  • Try a new bit or bridle
  • Switch riders
  • Move to a new location
  • Ride the horse longer periods of time
  • Say things like "This is the way we've always ridden this horse."
  • Appoint a committee to study the horse
  • Arrange to visit other sites where they ride dead horses more efficiently
  • Increase the standards for riding dead horses
  • Create a new test for measuring our riding ability
  • Compare how we're riding now with how we rode ten or twenty years ago
  • Complain about the state of horses these days
  • Come up with new styles of riding
  • Tighten the cinch
  • Blame the horse's parents (the problem is often in the breeding).

    THE BEST SOLUTION? CHANGE HORSES!!!

    (Adapted from PAVE Pipeline, Tacoma, Washington)
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