SEASON 2 EPISODE 10
The Horsemanship Journey is proud to present Sean Covey in our Premiere Episode. Sean shares insights from his father, Stephen R. Covey’s book - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Dr. Stephen R. Covey was quoted as saying, “Communication is the most important skill in life. We spend most of our waking hours communicating.” Because communication is so important, an organization called the Pony Express was established back in 1860. The Pony Express was an American express mail service that used relays of horse-mounted riders.
Plans for the Pony Express were spurred by the threat of the Civil War and the need for faster communication with the West. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail. The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day.
Eventually, the Pony Express had more than 100 stations, 80 riders, and between 400 and 500 horses. The express route was extremely hazardous, but only one mail delivery was ever lost. A total of about 157 Pony Express stations were placed at intervals of about 10 miles (16 km) along the approximately 2,000 miles (3,200 km) route. This was roughly the maximum distance a horse could travel quickly, either at a trot, a canter, or a gallop, depending on the need. The rider changed to a fresh horse at each station, taking only the mail pouch called a mochila (from the Spanish for pouch or backpack) with him. The employers stressed the importance of the pouch. They often said that, if it came to be, the horse and rider should perish before the mochila did.
The service lasted only 19 months until October 24, 1861, when the completion of the Pacific Telegraph line ended the need for its existence. However, the romance surrounding the Pony Express has made it a part of the legend of the American West.”
The comparison from then to now is quite remarkable. We pick up our phone and talk to practically anyone practically anywhere, practically immediately. We use video calls, share letters, pictures, videos, and transfer practically any type of information practically effortlessly. Because of the ease of communication, opportunities for horse people are practically limitless.
If you want to be a part of the romance of the American West, if you are a horse enthusiast, horse owner, horse trainer, horse lover, competitor, horse rider, rancher, rodeo fan, or contestant, if you want to be a cowboy or cowgirl, or you are interested in horses at any level, we recommend participating in the communication available through membership in The Horsemanship Journey.
For less than $4.00 per month, The Horsemanship Journey provides information from the top horse trainers, best horsemen and women, horse veterinarians, horse health professionals, motivational speakers and authors, and more. In addition to the horse videos or monthly episodes, The Horsemanship Journey now offers virtual Personal Training from some of the best horse trainers and personal coaches in the world. The Personal Training program is called “Real Progress” and was developed by Al Dunning who is part of the Personal Training Team.
If your American Dream includes horses or simply a love of horses, The Horsemanship Journey provides the information for you to be as good as you can be and take your dream as far as you desire. It’s much safer and faster than the Pony Express and the mochila is optional.
New research has led the American Association of Equine Practitioners to recommend that horse owners change the way they’ve been doing things and implement the change immediately. For the past 50 years or so, equine practitioners have recommended the same protocol for parasite control. The problem is that those practices are based on research from about 50 years ago.
Based on much newer research, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has changed its recommendations and has adopted new guidelines for parasite control. Why is this important to you? It seems that previous standard practices such as deworming every other month, alternating the drug used, and changing pastures at the time of treatment have and are creating super parasites that are more and more resistant to the available drugs. The AAEP states that decades of frequent use have produced drug resistance in parasite populations. Without change, and with no new drugs being developed, the future for horses will be catastrophic.
As it is, owners and vets must come to peace with the fact that eradication is not an option. We must live with the fact that our horses are going to have parasites and that our job is to manage the number of parasites that our horses host.
Dr. Macarena Sanz teaches equine veterinarians about this problem and presents the new AAEP Internal Parasite Control Guidelines at continuing education forums such as the Western Veterinary Conference. Dr. Sanz was recently featured on The Horsemanship Journey for an exclusive interview where she explained the problem and the suggested solutions. She laid out what horse owners need to know and what changes are necessary to keep parasites at bay.
The Horsemanship Journey releases horse health videos each month. They feature the top horse health professionals including equine veterinarians, farriers, dentists, chiropractors, and more. You can find cutting-edge and up-to-date information, how that information affects you and your horse, and what you need to know as a responsible owner.
We want the best for our horses when it comes to how they are cared for. We recommend The Horsemanship Journey for being informed and educated by the best horse health professionals in the world.
Getting better outcomes
For ourselves and for our horses
The Pareto principle states that roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of causes. Other names for this principle are the 80/20 rule or the law of the vital few. This principle has been proven to be true throughout multiple aspects of our lives. Let’s look at one application for horse owners and see how focusing on certain high leverage activities can lead to better outcomes for ourselves and for our horses.
Sean Covey appears on The Horsemanship Journey in the Premiere Episode and talks about “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Sean explains that being aware of what types of activities we are doing and then choosing to do the ones that have the highest impact is how to become more effective. Here is Habit 3, “Put First Things First” in a nutshell.
The first category or type of activity is Urgent and Important. We know these things need to be done and usually don’t have a problem getting them done because of their urgency. Here are a few examples of Urgent and Important with horses:
The second type of activity is Important but Not Urgent. Here are a few examples:
Category three is Urgent but Not Important. These are things like:
And finally, Unimportant and Not Urgent. We know what this looks like:
We instinctively know that Important and Urgent must be done and we know that Unimportant and Not Urgent should not be done. These two are usually not the biggest problem with managing our lives. The challenge is saying no to Urgent but Not Important and saying yes to the Important but Not Urgent. It sounds easy enough, so why then do most of us have such a hard time managing our time? The answer is that things that appear Urgent but Not Important act on us and we usually react without much thought. Things that are Important but Not Urgent must be acted upon. We must consciously choose to act and then follow through. We must be proactive to be highly effective. That’s why.
The people who have the most meaningful, most accomplished, and most rewarding horse experiences and overall lives for that matter, live on purpose. They act on the things that are important to them rather than react to all the outside noise that surrounds us.
According to Pareto, 20% of our activities give us tremendous results, 80% do not. Becoming aware of our activity, identifying the high leverage or high impact activities, then following through with the Important but Not Urgent while politely saying no to the Urgent but Not Important, results in a more fulfilling and happier ending for every aspect of life we apply it.
Many members of The Horsemanship Journey identify watching the monthly show and/or participating in Real Progress Training as high-leverage activities that improve their horse program and overall life plan. The Horsemanship Journey has monthly horse videos that feature top horse trainers, rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, horse vets and other horse health professionals such as horse dentists and farriers, saddle and hat makers, and much more. This combined with motivation and inspiration from authors, coaches, and speakers. We invite you to say yes to participating in The Horsemanship Journey as one activity that will certainly yield desired results for anyone wanting to improve.