An interesting statement made by a renown individual, yet how true it is. I think this can be linked very strongly to horses. Take a moment to reflect on what you know about your equine friend:
Running takes more energy and less balance than any other movement.
There is safety in numbers.
Trust is priority.
Companionship is appreciated, but not always needed.
Strength has nothing to do with size.
Now take the wisdom of Socrates and reflect on what you know about your equine friend:
Running takes more energy and less balance because...it's easier? lack of strength? fear? happiness?
There is safety in numbers because... they are herd animals? they are the leader? creates a shield?
Trust is priority... to humans? to Horses? between two of the same likeness? only to the weak/strong?
Companionship is appreciated... but not needed? is mandatory? to survive?
Strength has nothing to do with size... of body? of heart? of endurance?
All of the questions, options, and words used to describe the above statements are questions that we face when learning to know our horses. Some can be backed with scientific evidence, while others are mere speculation or first hand experiences we have come across. The list of questions and answers could go on for days, and therein lies the greatness of Socrates quote. Knowing you know nothing - realizing the question is always present - tells you that you need to stand firm in what you know is true about your horse. On the opposite side you must also keep asking the questions to allow yourself to learn that you know nothing about what you know. Keep the mind open and you will be amazed at how much one can save. It's all part of becoming the Economic Equine.
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."