Horses commonly disappoint owners, riders, trainers, and breeders because they were set up to fail. If you’re not sure why your horse is failing, preparing a job description for him or her is an excellent first step. Jobs range from entry level to the place where the buck stops (no pun intended.)
No one pays to ride in a clinic or commits great time and effort hoping for a net-negative experience. If you’ve never attended a clinic or had a less-than-stellar experience in the past, this article is for you. What to expect and how to achieve success at your next clinic.
“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.
How do you know if your call to serve, to disciple, or evangelize is real? Not every horse enthusiast is equipped to rescue lost or dying horses. Love and empathy are not enough. Compassion is just a gate opening the way for the first rescue. But far more is required…
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?
Mark Twain didn’t trip the light fantastic on tip-toes. Instead he created fantasy with words. This note Twain wrote congratulating a little girl on her menagerie is simply delightful.