As I write this, it feels like our world is crashing down around us. Fear is overrunning in all forms—financial health, bodily health, as well as something more sinister. We are counting our rolls of toilet paper and how many days our milk will last and wondering how we got here.
On any given day in the horse world, so many of us live on the edge—with such financial insecurity that the thought of not having horse shows for a month or worse is almost unfathomable. Most trainers lose money on board and recoup it and barely skim by on sales and horse shows.
Our physical and emotional coping mechanisms are upended. Who can help us manage the barn? Does our staff have what they need? My long car drives to clear my head and gain perspective are non-existent.
How can we tackle another day? We can control what we can. We can control our breathing (see Tonya Johnston’s piece in this issue), our attitude (see Nancy Dye’s cover story), and what we bring to the table. We can keep fit in a variety of new ways and prepare for the eventual show season in a whole new way.
And we finally have time to plan for the future. Our horses need us to show up. They need us to feed them, train them, and give them purpose. Horses with purpose will have better lives, and make our lives better in return.
So take the time, this time, and embrace the rest. Work on your horse’s ground manners. Take your time with clippers in a way you can’t do at the horse show. When we can emerge again, go out and help with your horses and other horses at the barn. Our community will save us. We just have to give it a chance. Stay safe.
By TPH Publisher Piper Klemm, PHD
(Follow me on instagram at @piperklemm)
Originally from the April 2020 issue.