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.)
When you finally discover that the answer to a question or dilemma you’ve puzzled or fretted over for years was embarrassingly simple was your response “Awright!” followed by a victorious imaginary high-five or “What an idiot” followed by a brief indulgent moment of self-disgust?
Everyone knows the necessity of a proper warm up. Who would suggest that core strength isn’t a requirement of athletic in any sport? Would anyone disagree that balance is a good thing? I knew about warm-up, core training, and balance. What I didn’t know is that I had great conceptual knowledge about all of them but a less-than-stellar history of application.
“For everyone who asks receives.” (Matthew 7:8)
“You ask and you do not receive, because you ask amiss.” (James 4:3)
The essence of my discovery may be found in these two short statements. Both are true, but don’t they present just a little challenge when you compare them? If you ask you will receive. Okay, that’s a good simple concept. But do you always get what you ask for?
God’s disseminates His messages in many ways. In the case of Amazing Grays Ministry and Christian Horse Training that message usually involves an equine participant. Two gray horses started the whole thing. The foundation of all messages is God’s Word and one avenue we use to share is in book form.
ChristianeBooksToday.com is featuring an interview with horse trainer, ministry director, and author Lynn Baber until December 17, 2013. The interview is in an easy-to-read Q&A format. The beginning of this equine ministry is part of the interview and there is also a glimpse into the future.
Swizzle, my adorable gray filly, lowered her head, opened her mouth, squallered like a mad hog and BUCKED.
Over the past 5 years I have tried to remove her bucking bubble. It didn’t work. I can bury it, I can correct it, I can punish it – but the bubble completely disappears. As time goes by it builds up enough pressure until Swizzle must express it to relieve the pressure. I have many ways to correct a horse that bucks due to unwillingness or lack of leadership. Swizzle is one of my amazing grays because she taught me that some horses, like people, are simply born with quirks. Swizzle has a bucking bubble. She may always have a bucking bubble. She doesn’t want to have a bucking bubble. My job is to help her build faith in her ability to manage it and my ability to help her.
How does Jesus love us through our own bucking bubbles?
I don’t care who they are, no one knows what they don’t know. Yet many people choose to teach or preach what they do know before realizing the extent of what they don’t.
Three topics that are guaranteed to get folks’ blood boiling are politics, religion, and horses. There are plenty of teachers and preachers in all that present absolute truths to their followers, but don’t know (or care) that their knowledge is NOT exhaustive.
What does it take to become a horse trainer or Christian minister? Got $10 and an iPhone?
No other animal except the human has ever evaluated God’s plan and rejected it in favor of their own. Wild horses know better. What happens to them when the wisdom of mankind is allowed to rule?
St. Francis said, “Preach the gospel constantly. Use words if necessary.” The most powerful witness or testimony we have for the Lord is what others see when they observe us, not what we speak.
Ken McNabb, clinician and host of one of RFD-TV’s most popular equine shows, recently finished reading Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace. Ken was kind enough to share his response to the book. With his permission, Amazing Grays Ministry is blessed to pass Ken’s thoughts along here. If you know Ken, then enough said. If you don’t, […]