There are some topics I’m pretty die hard about (should horses be turned out? Yes) and others that I tend to be much more flexible about (should horses go long and low? It totally depends on the horse, situation and duration of time).
Us humans are often seeking yes and no, black and white, good and evil answers. Nearly everything I’ve been dogmatic about has been jarred and kicked out of me, sometimes quite literally, by horses who didn’t read the program.
It’s important to have a code of ethics in our lives that is strict – doing right by the horse for example- above adherence to dogma- such as always or never bits, shoes, whatever – because in the adherence to dogma, we let horses slip through the cracks- we miss the forest for the trees, and lose sight and flexibility of our original code: doing right by the horse, whatever that horse needs in that moment. Because our understanding of what’s right for horses can change with education, but only if we’re open to the details, while being firm on the principles.