Horse Education

Conformation

Back in March, I was invited to talk a bit about horse conformation at a pony club get together for the Sierra Pacific pony club. I’ve never done something like that before, but it was exhilarating! I definitely felt a bit under-qualified to talk (let’s be real, I always feel under-qualified to talk about anything from the point of a thought leader) in front of 80 girls. However, I researched my facts completely, rehearsed, and guess what? Apparently I was supposed to talk about something entirely else. No one told me.

Cue me panicking. Panicking.

I wanted to talk about conformation and muscling as it relates to sport horses but they had me speaking about horse massage and rehabilitation. The two relate, but I was worried to cover rehabilitation. Though I’ve had experience rehabbing my horse, I’m not a vet! I don’t study rehab medicine. The only experience with rehabilitation I have is with nursing Raven back to health. So, this is when I like to say, “act confident and no one will question you.”

I ended up speaking about the four pillars of conformation, how it contributes to competition, and how to maintain their fitness for the long run. So I made it work! And guess what? People walked away with a tidbit of information and I was able to make the most of it. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, but it turned out the way it should have.

Just wanted to throw this little story to show you that we can’t always know what will be thrown at us! But we have to just say to ourselves, “plot twist” and move on. Take it one stride at a time.

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