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Re: Is the RP a more effective, longterm learning environment than any other?
> >The challenges I issue and am perfectly willing to back up at any time are
> my way of emphasizing my confidence in the techniques that I have stumbled
> on during many years of dealing with horse problems.. In no way are they
> defensive. My methods will stand or fall strictly on their merits. The
> things I use simply MUST work. Period. If they don't, they either need
> fixing or dumping.>
> Isn't that a bit limiting : each horse, and each person is an individual -
> your methods may not work with that person or that horse. It is not the
> method which is flawed (unless it is harsh : harshness is always flawed),
> nor is it the horse, nor the individual, but the mix of the three. Don't
> throw out the method, try to adapt it, or use something different in that
It may be a bit limiting in what you'll accept, but it
is boundless in building a useful knowledge base. And
I did say fixing _or_ dumping. If I cannot fix them, I
dump them. I certainly won't promote them.
Trying something and failing and then feeling like a
failure is no reflection on the procedure. That is
a product of the person.
We all know that people are different mostly because
they think and rationalize and do all that with a
minimum of information. They often superficially
compare what is being offered to what they believe
and discard either the whole concept or important
chunks of it.
We see that all the time in the exchanging of recipes
no matter how explicit they are written. The new cook
begins thinking "Hmmm, I have no Martha Wright's flour
but I got some Econo-Milled", "One cup of sugar, that
sounds sweet, I'll just use a tablespoon full." Next
time they see the recipe writer they say, "I made your
recipe, it was awful."
Common sense should say that when someone says something
works infallibly, that they mean, for them according to the
recipe. If they follow the recipe, they produce the same
dish, that's why they call them recipes. Of course, very
little is foolproof, they'll always invent a better fool
but that has little bearing on the quality of the recipe.
I have no real idea how many people use my concepts and "fail".
I have no real idea how many use my concepts and succeed never
needing to contact me again. Of the many thousands who visit
my web site I kno they range from the immediately dismissing
to the eagerly embracing. They are all levels of horsepeople
from the far reaches of this earth and each have their own
understanding and ability.
But the recipe itself, performed in the manner it is written out,
works. I cannot really say that my methods work on every horse
because I have not worked every horse yet. I can say that so far,
on a considerable number of horses, they have not failed me.
Everyone who attends one of my events goes away confident they
can reproduce the results on their own. Anyone who "fails" with
any of my techniques they have gotten off the web AND comes back
looking for the how or why of the "failure" determined to succeed,
I understand how easy it is to discount things based on what we
feel or that we can't see. I understand how we also view things
based on what other people who appear to be doing similar things
do or say.
Marv "Some look at the glass and say the glass is half empty. Some
look at the glass and say the glass is half full. I look at the
glass and say, 'Is it drinkable?'" Walker
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