Horse Care and Ham…
For many horse owners, myself included, our knowledge and understanding of horse care often was taught in 4H, pony club, or passed down from previous generations. Not saying that is bad, but here is a story that can shed insight on some issues that we may come across with this “passing down” of knowledge…
The Story of Grandma’s Ham
Excited for a holiday dinner with family, a daughter anxiously helps in the kitchen. Wanting to learn and share the traditions she has grown to love and cherish. As she watches her mother prepare her favorite ham, she is writing down the recipe and instructions meticulously so she can one day make it just like her mother, her grandmother, and great grandmother.
As her mother adds the spices, marinade, and finishing touches she cuts off two thick slices off each end of the ham. “Mother, why do you cut off the ends of the ham?” asked the daughter.
“Because that is the what your grandmother always did.” replied the mother. The daughter wrote it in her instructions but decided when her grandmother arrived she would ask why cutting the ends of the ham was necessary, it just seemed like a waste.
After the rest of the family had arrived, and everyone was getting ready to enjoy the holiday feast the daughter asked her grandmother, “Grandma, why do we cut the ends off of our holiday ham?”
“Because that is the way I remember my mother doing it.” the grandmother replied.
With that, the daughter looked down the table to inquire to her great grandmother, who was smiling and laughingly said, “I only did that so the ham would fit in our tiny oven!”
Horsemanship and Horse Care Practices
After working with horses for over a decade, I have seen many horse care and horsemanship habits that resemble the ham story. Even with my own horses, I would find myself asking why I was doing things a certain way and would often find no valid reason for many things I was taught to do over the years.
I was frustrated to learn that sometimes, I had put myself or even my horse’s safety or health at risk from silly habits and ideas that were taught to me by instructors, classes, judges, books, vets, etc.
So what is a horse owner to do? Learn it is ok to ask why… There are many horse care tips and tricks that should be respected, taught, and used on a regular basis with horses. Often when it is a truly necessary skill or practice it will have a practical reason behind it, and not a reason like the oven was too small or that is just what my trainer said, dad said, etc!
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Did you know not too long ago I felt just like you…
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