Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Old Horses Learn a New Trick

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Old Horses Learn a New Trick

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QUITE a number of years ago I studied a basic 101 course in political science. My very basic understanding of the C[pounds sterling]bottom lineC[yen] is that the Labor Party stood for the C[pounds sterling]greater good of allC[yen] while the Liberal/National Party stood for C[pounds sterling]individualismC[yen] and C[pounds sterling]survival of the fittestC[yen].

Currently I provide a home/food/shelter etc for four very old C[pounds sterling]rescuedC[yen] horses/ponies.

During the recent adverse weather conditions my ancient equines exhibited an intelligence that I think humans should endeavour to replicate.

With only an old one-horse stable available for shelter, and with potential survival of each individual at stake, they chose to forego the usual pecking order/power play/top horse etc and stood together in support of each other, in order to share the limited space/ stable/protection and thereby all survived the adverse conditions.

Personally, I think all of our politicians could learn a lesson from these old horses.



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