In a discussion about bits at a Pony Club clinic, I encouraged the teen riders to THINK CRITICALLY. Traditions and opinions eaten up too quickly as fact, leaves a bulging tack box collection (and a lean wallet!).  

I love to learn. Part of the process is sifting all the theories gathered in reading, online and in conversations with professionals and colleagues  through a “grid of truth”.

Have I considered opposing views?  What’s the  track record of success behind the opinion?  What does the research and evidence say on the subject?  What does common sense say? What does my own experience tell me? Do I have enough experience in this area to trust my own convictions?

Is that really true? I urged the teens to ask this about all the claims they’re bombarded with every day – from music, magazine covers and other media.

I love Aristotle’s  words about wisdom “… to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

The Bible comments on this age old issue…

The naive believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. Proverbs 14:5