In an excellent interview by Ryan Goldberg at Daily Racing Form, trainer Graham Motion talks about his training career and about the ways he handles horses. This includes giving them plenty of time to exercise, freedom to act like horses in fields and pastures, and the opportunity to develop their talents, rather than be shoehorned into a “program.”
Programs get results, but they also create mass casualties because most horses are not cut out to be Breeders’ Cup horses or Derby horses, and so forth. If you watch them carefully, they will show whether they are or not; if a trainer forces them, the majority will break.
Motion is famed for attention to detail, enjoyment of our sport, and humble integrity. We can learn a lot from all that.