Recently, I was reading an online discussion about something that nobody likes to talk about – cheating and lying. In modern society, the two are so prevalent in all aspects of daily life that we become almost immune to the topic. From children cheating on school exams to executives lying about business matters, evidence of deceit is abundant in newspapers, on television news programs and online.
The equine industry is not exempt from unscrupulous people out to make a fast buck at someone else’s expense. If you’ve been around horses for any length of time, you probably have at least one story of someone who tried to, or did, take advantage of you, whether it’s a trainer, a veterinarian, an auctioneer, an agent or an owner. If you listened to and believed even half the stories circulating, you wouldn’t think there was an honest person to be found in the horse industry. Luckily, that isn’t the case and, for the most part, horse people are honest and prefer to do business with integrity.