My other hobby these days is writing. Recently I joined a forum for authors and I submitted some of my articles for critique. In due course back would come the comments and some of those comments take some swallowing. The closer to the truth the comment, the larger the bruising. It is not only a crack of the whip that stings it is also, figuratively speaking ,the point of the pen. Apparently even the style of my writing gives an indication as to my age Whenever I am seeking a writing critique it is important for me to accept an old adage: “don’t take offence where no offence is meant“. If someone states honestly their view then that viewpoint is valid for that article even though I might not like it, nor agree with it. Other critics might disagree with the viewpoint, some might agree with it.
The Horse Forum is primarily a discussion group.
The big benefit to me personally of contributing to this Forum is that I am forced to think about an issue and in putting my thoughts to ‘paper’ or rather to ‘computer’, I clarify in my own mind my opinion on the subject. The reader of my post has the option either to accept what I have said or to reject it. Mostly the problem of misinterpretation arises when I am tempted to answer a critic back. Even though I am aware of the need for clarity - sometimes I just don’t get the wording right. ‘Mea culpa’ - ‘my fault‘. My reply sometimes lands me in the mire. I try to learn not to make the same mistake again.
Up on the horse yard where my horse DiDi is kept I consciously try not to get involved. With other peoples’ horses. Virtually every time I do poke my nose in, I quickly find it is not wanted, especially where youngsters are involved. Nowadays I only speak my mind when a horse is suffering. From mistreatment Young humans I leave to make their own mistakes. The generation gap is a wide one.
It would be sad if on the Horse Forum that generation gap presented itself. We should chip in when we have something to say, but we should respect other members’ rights to reply with their view - even if misguided..