Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace, the foundational book of our message, our ministry, and Christian Horse Training is FREE today and tomorrow in Kindle format. [Offer good October 7 and 8, 2013.] Please take advantage of this offer and share it with friends in Bible Study, the barn, at school, at work, and with family members.
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Messages of Faith, Hope, Leadership, Relationship, Correction, Life, Death, and Grace
Take advantage of this opportunity to read and consider our message – and please share it with others. This title and the Study Guide available in the ministry store are the heart of a number of equine ministries across the country. Many folks buy our books and we respect their decision to use scarce financial resources hoping for a message that will expand the depths of relationship with God, horses, and one another.
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If you don’t know much about who wrote the book, read on. Don’t read it because of resume, titles or trophies, but because the message is true and based on God’s Word.
Why read anything Lynn Baber writes? Credentials please!
[The following is excerpted from Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace]
“Beware of people who read the Bible and offer everyone a declaration of what the words mean or should mean. That person may have never lived or experienced what he or she speaks about with such certainty. The Bible tells us not to teach others how to solve problems that we have not first lived and conquered in our own lives. Folks who read a lot about the nature of the horse and how to train one may express their views and opinions with absolute certainty and with a certain air of authority. But have they successfully proven their theories in the dust of the round pen or replicated their results with other horses if, indeed, they were successful with one?
So, you rightly inquire, “Are you, Lynn Baber, different from such people? Why should we read your words or consider them potentially valuable?” I both applaud and encourage any reluctance to buy into my views without first asking about my credentials.
I have had the privilege of receiving instruction over the years from dozens of horsemen and horsewomen and hundreds of horses. I learned valuable lessons from gifted riders as well as from incompetent ones. I learned from outstanding horses as well as the few rogues I had in training. Although the basics of psychology generalize to the majority of humans, one must be careful to note that there are mentally and emotionally unstable individuals to whom normal rules and expectations just don’t apply. The same is true of horses.
The skills and abilities that I learned over twenty years apply to most horses. But some horses are mentally or emotionally unbalanced. It doesn’t matter if they were made that way by nature or circumstance; only a seasoned professional should ever attempt to work with them. Some may be rehabilitated and become useful or trustworthy horses. Many will not. Over the years I worked with some seriously unbalanced horses. Some became manageable, but only with strictly enforced routines and constant maintenance. Others learned but did not retain their instruction, remaining unpredictable and potentially dangerous if their routine varied even slightly.
One of the qualities or skills the good trainer must cultivate is the ability to separate sane, balanced horses from those who are not. Many times the observable behaviors of the normal and the abnormal horse look largely the same to the average horse trainer or owner. The good trainer uses previous successes and failures to discern which is normal and which is not by comparing the behavior to the specific circumstances. What caused the horse’s reaction? Any single stimulus or pressure will yield a normal range of responses in most horses. If a particular horse responds way outside that range, the good trainer will note the aberrant reaction and keep testing to determine what situation he or she is actually facing. Both normal and abnormal horses run, buck, and kick. In what circumstances the horses choose to do so helps to establish if it is responding within normal limits or not.
Not only have I proven my leadership ability to build right relationships with horses, but I have done so with a variety of horses with great diversity of temperament, ability, and intelligence. If required, I am prepared to back up my words with action. As a horse leader I can prove in the physical arena what I offer in the intellectual arena.
Trust, but Verify
What about my illustrations or comparisons relative to our relationship with God? I do not ask you to, nor would I want you to, accept my views as truth on their own merit. Read what I offer, consider it in light of all else that you know intuitively or rationally. Do the concepts I present ring true to you? Do they add to or help explain facts or experiences you already have?
As a horse trainer I hope to provide you with information or concepts you haven’t explored before. As a Christian, I hope to use life with horses to help illuminate your study of Scripture as revealed by the Holy Spirit.
The relationship we work for with our horses is a lifelong pursuit. We will never master all that can potentially be. Our work will never be finished unless we lose interest and quit. It is easier for me to process questions about my relationship with God if I can restate the issue into trainer-horse terms. All becomes much simpler and I am able to gain greater perspective.
Whenever you hear or read statements about God and how to be rightly related to Him, you must always go back to the Word to verify the accuracy of what you heard. Do the same with what I write. Discover truth by going to your Bible and to the Lord in prayer.
Many horse trainers teach one way to train to their students but can be observed using different and sometimes opposite methods with their own horses. If you encounter this situation find out if there is a reasonable explanation for the disparity. If not, find a different trainer to emulate.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23–24
My desire is to be searched by God and found absolutely authentic and to live according to every word I write. My personal habit is to speak as if every word might be printed on the front page of a newspaper. If I would not want it printed, I try not to speak it. If there is any place where my words and behavior differ, I want to know so I can either clarify my words or correct my behavior. I want to truly be the leader my horses believe me to be. More importantly, I want to be the child God has called me to be.
The only way to learn how to fish is to fish. The only way to build great relationships is to devote regular time and significant energy to them — and be in their company! You cannot be in a right relationship with God if you only hear His Word from the pulpit on Sunday morning. You will never build an amazing relationship with a horse if you spend each day indoors reading a how-to book or watching a training video while your horse is out in the pasture alone.
Theodore Roosevelt said,
It is not the critic who counts; nor the man who points out how the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again…who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place will never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
God expects us to be authentic and consistent. Use this same standard when selecting your teachers. You must have a horse to train a horse. Look for teachers who have been in the arena, who have tried time and time again, who have persevered through failure and defeat until they reached a place of success and are willing to share their journey with you.
If you never come in after a day’s work with manure on your boots, dirt in your nose, or sweat on your hatband, you are not a horse trainer. If you have never been stricken to the depth of your soul with the guilt of knowing that God sent His only Son to die for you, the Holy Spirit has never taken you to the woodshed. A shower will clean you up after a day in the round pen, but only the blood of Christ can clean you up from the inside out.”