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A Candid Exploration of Horse Ads and Human Self-Deception

A Dive Into the World of Horse Ads and Self-Deception

Let’s talk about a unique hobby I have – browsing horse adverts. These are usually posted by busy hobby riders looking to part with horses they no longer have time for. It’s a fascinating window into human behavior and, interestingly, self-deception.

Life with Horses: Fascinating and Demanding

Horses, majestic creatures that they are, live for about 20 years and need immense care and attention. Some owners give them up due to changing life situations. Others, perhaps less experienced, are lured by cheap horses without realizing why they cost so little. These unprepared owners are then left with ex-racehorses that can’t be ridden but are expensive to keep.

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“Mother’s darling seeks a new home”, “Selling with a heavy heart”, “Won’t sell to just anyone”. Familiar phrases, aren’t they? They translate as: I’ve lost interest or time for the horse, but I’d rather not see myself that way.

“It’s Not Me, It’s the Horse”

Similar self-deception can be seen in debates around screen time for children. We hear arguments that there’s no clear research about screen time effects, but the simple fact is that more screen time equals less time for physical activities, play, or reading. Just like tired horse owners, overworked parents don’t want to admit the struggle.

Bringing in a Human Angle

Feelings of guilt are a part of being human. Those lacking it may just be psychopaths! If we didn’t feel guilt, our children or pets could be neglected. But why has the term ‘guilt-tripping’ become so unacceptable? We constantly hold expectations of one another and ourselves, and often, we don’t meet them. It’s human.

Accepting Our Shortcomings?

We don’t need to defend our failures by claiming a lack of research evidence. Let’s see them for what they are: our own inability, which doesn’t make us bad people but something we could work on improving.

“Am I implying you’re a bad parent or a bad horse owner? Not at all, but maybe we should be more straightforward with ourselves.”

In my case, I know I don’t have time to own a horse. That’s why I don’t have one. But I fully understand those who realize their dream, wrestle with the challenges, and finally admit they can’t go on. After all, admitting the truth is better than pretending it’s the horse that’s seeking a new home.

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