I’m sure you’ve run across it… “She’s a bolter” or “He’s freaky wild” or “Good on trails but horrible in the arena” or “Witchy” or “He has no sense” or “Could never be a lesson horse” or “Doesn’t like woman/men”…
We hear these kinds of descriptors often. I use them myself. In fact, if I’m being honest here, I have mental descriptors for all of my horses – based on MY experience with them.
But that’s just it… MY experience.
Sure, some of the behaviors are well to be described. For example, if a horse is a bolter, that is something good to know before going out on a ride (hopefully with a qualified trainer).
But, other descriptors are simply perception.
I mean, how many times has a horse who is ONE WAY with you, acts completely different with someone else?! Infuriating…and confusing – but it happens more often than not.
For today, I’d like to use this video as a simple reminder about labels. No one likes them. Everyone can reinvent themselves every day – given the opportunity. Horse or Man.
THE LAB DECOY
This video tells of 6 photographers who were all asked to photograph the same man in the same space.
The difference was that each photographer was given a different descriptor of the man previous to the photo session: self-made millionaire, convict, psychic, fisherman, a hero and a former alcoholic.
Amazing the different photos taken of the same man – from these different preconceived parameters.
Six different, all false, little boxed perspectives.
Just think about that the next time someone labels a horse – or you.
To watch this compelling and insightful (short) video, click here.