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.
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.)
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?
Correction is a means of setting boundaries. Correction is synonymous with refinement. All great teachers use correction. It isn’t possible to do anything well without pulling correction out of the tool box. Correction is NOT the same as discipline or punishment. The proper use of correction is always a gift that builds confidence.
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.