I live in what I’ll call a “mixed use” neighborhood, which includes small pastures and some horses. Recently, while walking the dog, I heard a soft, low neigh from a horse. I turned to see a horse against a fence. Just this side of the fence were a few bales of hay. I quickly realized the horse was hoping I’d feed him. It may have been convenient (to the horse) for me to throw it a few handfuls of hay, and it probably would have done no harm, but it wasn’t my horse and I was not going to take a chance.
Here’s the safety tie-in. You may encounter situations where someone asks you to something unsafe. It happened to me once when a coworker wanted me to use a forklift as an oversized stepstool. Since I didn’t oblige my coworker, I’ll never know if the outcome would have been good or bad. I do know that if I’d done that once, it would have been easier to do it again. I firmly believe that it’s better to never start a questionable activity, and to always stick with the rules of safety. That way, you and I will always …