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.”
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.
Every trainer and clinician gets asked about handling horses that don’t tie or sit back when they are tied. It’s a universal problem because there isn’t a perfect answer. Here are the three basic options when your horse won’t tie or pulls back.
Children and horses are often taught that the rules of behavior at home are different than those expected in public. When new friends come over for Sunday dinner children are told to use their “company manners.” Children are asked to exhibit a higher standard of etiquette, restraint, and attention than they did the other 160 […]