The thought arises. It is akin to putting the cart before the horse instead of doing it the right way around. The right way around being the purposeful practice of putting the horse before the cart. The thing is, not enough due consideration is always given to the welfare and wellbeing of the seemingly docile horse. Its rider always appears to be in charge. But surely to goodness the rider must know that if the horse is safe, then rider will be safe too.
Take the matters of competitive showjumping and equestrian exercising and training. Part of horse and rider’s daily training regimen will be the inclusion of obstacles in the path of the creature. This usually takes the form of horse jump cups, fences and beacons. Now, for reasons of convenience on the side of humanity, plastic has been well utilized by now. But in the event of scheduled horse training and competitive events, the use of this as is now known wasteful material has proven to be quite counterproductive.
It is counterproductive in the sense that the horse instinctively shies away from endeavoring to surmount any obstacle in its way that is made from plastic. It knows from past experience and yes, those magnificent equestrian creatures do have memories just like you that these plastic impositions are nothing but dangerous and harmful. The horse knows from memory that should its heels clip any of these plastic obstacles it could be grievously injured.
Equestrian memory is able to recall the pain. Thankfully, today bespoke and qualified horse trainers, competition coaches and specialist veterinary surgeons are leading by example in initiating and putting into practice the use of wooden horse jump cups, fences and beacons instead. It is much safer.