One of the buzzwords of “natural horsemanship” is respect. Clinicians teach dozens of ways to encourage, earn, or require respect from a horse. Of course, you can’t “require” respect. Doing that is synonymous with invoking fear. But – is it ever okay for your horse to tell you, “No”? You might be surprised at the answer.
There are days when I wonder if the ones I love (especially dogs and horses) have lost their minds. They behave in outrageous ways that shock or mystify. My first response is usually, “What were you thinking?!?” Why it’s necessary to think before reacting and the reason dogs and horses do obnoxious things…
Most bomb-proof horses have two things in common: patience and contentment. Good ‘ol rope horses are hauled, borrowed, and stand tied for hours to arena rails, trailers, trees, and truck bumpers. Horses also learn to patiently stand tied to nothing more than one another.
“Is this all there is?” Making progress in relationship with your horse and your walk with Christ always results in change – visible change, If you aren’t making progress you are not changing. Failure to change = failure. How to recognize stagnant relationship and what to do to get back to active relationship.