Robust imagination feeds life shared with Jesus Christ and horses. Nature is both work surface and buffet for seekers of truth, lovers of all things equine, and the passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ. Imagination produces a warm cocoon of relationship with forests, fields, and the creatures who call them home.
Great equestrians, whether accomplished in competitive arenas or home pasture develop skills and insight by doing and imagining. Strides taken on real horses improve when first ridden properly in your imagination. In the early 1990s, General Silver carried me to victory every time we entered the show pen in a trail class. Even with limited outings we earned Top Ten in the Nation status.
Using Visualization to Get to the Winner’s Circle
When practicing at home I rode every obstacle in my mind first. At shows, I visualized my entire ride the moment the course was posted. Once it was set up, I imagined placing General’s striped hooves in the precise places necessary to complete each obstacle perfectly. When the spacing didn’t work in my head I made adjustments and practiced again. When our number was called we confidently rode the course like it was an old friend. Imagination and visualization produces success
Imagination is powered by the spirit. Physical bodies, whether human or equine, require precise and orderly conditioning to perform higher or more complex tasks. Properly structured practice (repeated regularly) produces habit, muscle memory, and new skills to build stronger and higher foundations. Strength of spirit is the result of structured practice.
Horses serve as messengers of truth
Success with horses is found in the presence of horses, not watching videos or reading online posts like this one. No one experiences the delight of relationship with a horse without horse hair, slobber, and manure stains. Horses are a singular blessing to us because they are messengers of truth.
There is no more accurate barometer of human character than a horse. We can’t buy a horses’s respect, focus, willingness, affection, or commitment. It is earned by who we are and how closely our spirit matches our behavior. Nature is teacher, friend, provider, and judge. Our walk and talk must agree, and proof of worthiness is always found in the fruit.
- arrives when your horse has more faith in you than fear of its surrounding.
- is a horse who obeys for no other reason except you asked.
- delivers the peace produced by greater faith in Christ than fear of the world.
- boldly walking into the unknown simply because Jesus asked.
Nature expounds on God’s glory. Satan lures us into virtual worlds of social media, electronics, apps, and videos. You can’t ride a horse you can’t touch or imagine the smell of horse, the texture of a slick summer coat, or the touch of a velvety nose when your brain is bombarded with sights and sounds emanating from some inanimate screen. You can’t imagine the quiet, peace, and spiritual experience of Jesus by reading a Bible verse on your smart device over coffee in a crowded Starbucks.
Victory by Imagination
One day you will be tested. Victory in Jesus comes from real time spent in His company. Today we only touch Jesus in our imagination. Thomas needed to see His nail-pierced hands and touch His riven side. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Imagination is faith harnessed and perfected by those who have not seen and yet believe.
Relationships strengthen by time spent together. Embrace Nature as God’s classroom and playground. Listen for the rhythm of God’s music when quiet breezes tickles your face and the sounds of equine contentment bless your ears.
See what isn’t there – yet.
Imagine what might be.
Claim it as your own.