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It takes more faith to wash dishes and clean stalls than move mountains

Do you remember off the top of your head when Jesus laid aside his garments, girded himself with a towel, and washed the disciple’s feet? Jesus performed this mean service for His disciples just before Judas left to betray Him. One of the final lessons Jesus taught the disciples was to elevate drudgery and
Category: Daily Inspiration

The Warm Up – Ask “amiss” and you may hurt something…

When you finally discover that the answer to a question or dilemma you’ve puzzled or fretted over for years was embarrassingly simple was your response “Awright!” followed by a victorious imaginary high-five or “What an idiot” followed by a brief indulgent moment of self-disgust? Everyone knows the necessity of a proper warm up. Who would suggest
Category: Christian Horse Training

How to Fix it when your Horse CAN’T do what you ask

Miniature horses should never become pancakes. Horses fail to properly respond to a cue or display perfect manners for only one of two reasons. Your horse either CAN"T do what you ask or your horse WON'T do what you ask. Before you can take the appropriate action to fix the problem you have to know why
Category: Christian Horse Training

Jesus Loves You Till Your Bucking Bubble Breaks

Swizzle, my adorable gray filly, lowered her head, opened her mouth, squallered like a mad hog and BUCKED. Over the past 5 years I have tried to remove her bucking bubble. It didn’t work. I can bury it, I can correct it, I can punish it – but the bubble completely disappears. As time goes by
Category: Christian Horse Training

Relationship Role Models for Christians and Horse Owners

No great relationships happen by accident or luck. Regularly people say to Baber or me, “Oh, if only I had a horse like Bo. You are so lucky.” Others may ask if he is for sale; they want what I have. The truth is they don’t want Bo per se; they want a relationship with their
Category: Christian Horse Training

Some days you’re the windshield – Some days you’re the bug

Some days I feel strong, energetic, and able to do most of what I could as a 30-year old. Other days I feel more like an over-cooked noodle. I call days like that Bug Days. Today is a Bug Day. I feel fine. There’s no soreness anywhere, no bind or pull, and except for my
Category: Christian Horse Training

Relationship Triangles and Team Building

It is not possible to have the same simple relationship with another person you can with a horse. Few people have enough insight and wisdom to objectively evaluate their own thoughts, actions, and motivation much less those of someone else. As soon as two or more people enter into a relationship blender it starts getting
Category: Christian Horse Training

A Funny Story about a Serious Subject – Equine Colic

Colic is the number one cause of death in horses. It is always a serious matter, whether caused by a gas bubble, looped intestine, impaction, or other issue with the gut of a horse. Over the years and hundreds of horses, we've only lost one mare and one foal to colic even when surgery was
Category: Christian Horse Training

Grace in your saddle-bags kicks Frustration to the curb

In one simple word, "grace" defines the Golden Rule of Christian Horse Training. Some horses seem to have real difficulty staying focused, consistent, or have what seems like a major case of bull-headed resistance. Every "No" your horse gives you is caused by one of two situations; he is either unwilling to do as you
Category: Christian Horse Training

An Outlaw In Need of Redemption

Redemption produces fruit from a barren tree. Reformation is the visible fruit of new birth. The only thing that separates the rankest nastiest horse from serving its owner in willing obedience is right relationship. But there is a caveat... Saul of Tarsus was a dangerous man. Christians who crossed his path were persecuted, trampled, and killed.
Category: Christian Horse Training