Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
4 minute read
22 May 2020
12:02 pm

Who’s the boss: Man or horse?

Mike Moon

Horses can teach us a thing or two about running a business – or a country.

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We talk about humans having to “train” horses to do things, like pull a coach or run fast, but it turns out the animals have the edge on us when it comes to more subtle stuff such as emotional intelligence and inspiring leadership. This truth is grimly ironic in the coronavirus lockdown, with thousands of South Africa’s thoroughbreds facing being put to death unless our government ministers take a leadership decision to allow racing in the country to resume soon. The obvious question arises: are our politicians leading us wisely and empathetically? Google “horses” and “leadership” and the results unveil...