Everyone seeks a magic pill or silver bullet to make life easy, simple, robust, rewarding, and successful. Marketeers hawk self-help books, products, and programs that range from cheap and silly to excruciatingly extravagant and invasive. Horse owners are no exception…
Spring may seem like the far distant future for some of you. If you’re stuck indoors because the snow is piled high and temperatures are frigid, it may be the perfect time to talk about that pile of stuff that is “too good to throw out.” Good stewardship often begins in the barn —
Do you ever think your horse ignores you? Many times horses do nothing because they can’t figure out what in the world you’re getting so worked up about. There’s so much going on that there’s no clear message. “Is she asking me to DO something? I wonder what it is? Since I can’t figure it out I think I’ll just stand here quietly like a good boy.”
Is your horse an obedient and devoted pony at home but a total space cadet at shows or on the trail? Does your game-playing round pen partner morph into a strange monster when you saddle up to ride in the arena? Does your horse show up every day exactly the same as you left him the day before?
Christians have asked, worried, and fretted over this question for two thousand years. Many are impatient and ready to march right out to serve God. But, how? Here’s some insight into God’s answer.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Sometimes simply knowing the facts is a blessing. The frustration of working with a horse who just isn’t responding as you expect disappears the moment you learn it is vision-impaired. I have two horses, one who is going blind quickly and another with a severe sight deficit. It’s a wonderful journey I would like to share with you.
Correction is a means of setting boundaries. Correction is synonymous with refinement. All great teachers use correction. It isn’t possible to do anything well without pulling correction out of the tool box. Correction is NOT the same as discipline or punishment. The proper use of correction is always a gift that builds confidence.
Andie Eisenberg is a gifted cowgirl poet. This is one of the best poems I have ever read – horsey or otherwise. It speaks not only to the sacrificial service our horses offer us, but the unknowable sacrifice Christ made for each of His own.
“No Hoof, No Horse”
Sooner or later most horse folks meet or hear about a horse that is dangerous or unstable. People who own such horses seldom wish to keep them but have no idea how to get them off of the feed bill honorably. Every horse person has an opinion about every horse question. This problem is no different, but here’s the unvarnished truth.