SPECIAL THOUGHTS FROM PATTY

As I have been in this world of horses for a few years,

I have learned a few things that I'd like to share with you.

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1)  About Breeding:  When you are starting out in this world to breed horses, learn all that you can.  Try to learn how it should be AND every way it might go wrong.  Then try to learn all you can about what to do when the wrong happens.  Even then, you will still have something new thrown in your face.  LEARN FROM ALL OF THOSE TIMES, TOO.  AND, as Jane Bohn told me when I lost three of my four foals my 3rd and 4th seasons, "We do it because we love our horses, and we keep doing it because we love our horses."  I still grieve for my babies that I lost--they can never be replaced!  But it makes me cherish the ones that I have had even more!

2)  On Other "Horsey" People:  Get to know as many people and the horses that they love, even if they will never respect your horses.  The more people you know, the more you can appreciate the ones you have, even if they are different from mine!   Some of these people will become resources of a great deal of knowledge and support when the going gets rough.

3)  Believe:  Believe in what you do!  Don't be afraid to change your path and goals.  Life changes and so will you!  Today you may desire to have a certain kind of horse for a certain reason, but ten years down the road you can be with a different kind of horse and for a different reason.

4)  Accept others:  I remember that when I was teaching and an elementary counselor, that one of the main things I tried to teach the children is that we are all different--THANK GOODNESS!!!  WHAT A BORING WORLD THIS WOULD BE IF WE WERE ALL ALIKE AND LIKED THE SAME THINGS!!!  Just because we disagree with others about what we want in a horse and what they want, it doesn't mean that either viewpoint is "wrong"--they are just DIFFERENT, AND THAT'S OKAY!!!

5)  Ask questions:  I truly believe that no question is stupid if you want or need to know the answer.  Most of the time, people will know when you are sincere and be willing to help.  It will make them feel good to be able to share something and help someone else--and it will make you feel better because now you know the answer.  AND IF SOMEONE ASKS YOU A QUESTION, help them if you can, and be honest if you can't--maybe you can find out the answer together.

 

ENOUGH SPECIAL THOUGHTS FROM ME--IF YOU EVER HAVE A QUESTION OF ANY KIND, FOR ANY REASON, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK.  I'LL ANSWER IF I CAN, AND I'LL TELL YOU IF I CAN'T.  I HOPE THIS PAGE LET'S YOU KNOW SOMEBODY WILL BE THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT.  Patty

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