What are you trying to say?

It may seem unusual to some that I have two careers. For me, I feel fortunate enough to have two passions. I have the opportunity to balance writing and horses while drawing from each to be a “horseback writer”.


It is because of the horses that I live on a farm, surrounded by the issues that affect agriculture every day. Our herd is just a few steps from the back door; we’ve done our Environmental Farm Plan, we grow our own hay, and we have enough hens and gardens to keep the fridge full.


I’d have to say though that the most important cross-over between the horses and writing is probably the concept of communication. If a person is not able to communicate well with people using the complex language that we have at our disposal, how can they communicate with their horse?


People are more verbal while horses are more into body language but the principles of communication are really the same: think about what you want to say, say it clearly and concisely at a level the (horse)/(reader) is most likely to understand, and make it entertaining so that they’re motivated and interested. 


That’s only half of the conversation though: there’s a listening part too. Listen to the feedback. If the (horse)/(reader) doesn’t understand what we’re trying to say it’s usually not their fault - it’s time to look in the mirror and do a better job next time. When you need help to make it clear a good (coach)/(proofreader) is invaluable.


Horses aren’t as fussy about spelling as editors but they do look for the same clarity, consistency, a good outline to the (story)/(training session) and the same ‘pulse’ - an enthusiasm for the topic of the day.


Next time you head to the (barn)/(computer), think about what you’re really trying to say.

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