If not doing this, you’ll find me…

… riding and training horses.  As a lifelong rider, my time with horses reminds me every day that life can be simpler than it often is, and that one does not have to interact with technology 24/7.  I can’t help but see, though, a connection between training horses and managing information—it’s all about correct foundations.

A lack of human socialization and not having basic lessons like haltering, leading, moving away from pressure, and picking up one’s feet early in a horse’s life will make all future interactions more difficult.  The more time that passes without correction, the greater the problem, and stronger the inertia.  At worst, it is people’s failure to establish boundaries, responsibility for actions, and accountability for misbehavior that allows seemingly innocuous conduct to compound into truly dangerous behaviors.  It may seem cute when a week-old colt puts his legs on your shoulders—not so much when he’s a half-ton adult.