I wonder about a lot of odd things. This morning I realized I had “fried” my brain in much the same way I fried that of my first show horse, General Silver, some 25 years ago. In the course of my morning wonderment I came up to a question about ADHD and video games. I’m going to ask for your opinion since I don’t have an answer to the question.
When a horse puts up figurative yellow caution tape around part of its body or resists a particular situation there is an obligation to resolve the problem and tear down the tape. What do you do if your horse says, “You can’t get on my left side,” or “Don’t even think of using spurs on me buddy,” or “Pick up my hind feet at your own risk,” or “Touch that girth and I’ll bite you”?
The last sister was alone. Her parents and siblings were gone and she was trapped. She couldn’t go backwards and there was no escape to either side. She sat. She thought. She despaired.
Yesterday she had fussed, fumed, and wailed about the unfairness of her plight. “Why me?” she cried.
Numerous historical sources recount the activity and death of a man named Jesus from Nazareth. His family is known. His friends are known. A continual record spanning two millennia has consistently carried the story forward. Have you met Jesus?
Some might consider that a silly question – or worse. If such a man lived it was long before your oldest known ancestor breathed his last. How could you have met the Man?
Do you remember off the top of your head when Jesus laid aside his garments, girded himself with a towel, and washed the disciple’s feet? Jesus performed this mean service for His disciples just before Judas left to betray Him. One of the final lessons Jesus taught the disciples was to elevate drudgery and diminish the spectacular.
Faith in great trials and temptatons is often less than what is required to wash dishes or clean up after the horses or kids ONE MORE TIME. Writing a book can be so boring and tedious that you just want to get it over with in order to move on to something better.
Before doing the most important thing ever done in the history of the world Jesus washed feet. What is the lesson for us?
Many people have trouble figuring out the difference between assertiveness and aggression in other humans. Sometimes we have the same problem trying to nail down our own motives or actions.
Aggressive behavior in horses sometimes manifests as pushiness; a lack of respect that invades your personal space or recognizes a cue but purposefully ignores it. At other times aggression is demonstrated by a horse that insists on not only having a vote, but veto power as well.
Specific characteristics of aggressive and assertive people and horses and how to respond to them.
One of my Facebook friends shared a message of sadness at the passing of a beloved friend whose cheerful and infectious spirit enlivened one of her riding groups. I can understand the unmitigated sorrow people who do not know Christ experience when a loved one dies because there truly is no comfort to be offered or found. But for those in the family of faith a change of perspective lightens the load and reveals a brilliant ray of hope and joy.
What can a herd of wild horses held in a containment corral teach Christians about loss?
Miniature horses should never become pancakes.
Horses fail to properly respond to a cue or display perfect manners for only one of two reasons. Your horse either CAN”T do what you ask or your horse WON’T do what you ask. Before you can take the appropriate action to fix the problem you have to know why you have a problem in the first place. This seems so obvious that you may be rolling your eyes right this very minute. Not so fast…
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or Clinton Anderson to tell you that a 32 inch miniature horse CAN’T jump a seven foot fence all by himself regardless of how hard he tries. If you’re silly enough to ask the mini-equine to jump a seven foot fence he will either look at you like you’ve lost your mind or go ahead and give it his best try. SPLAT. Right into the fourth board from the bottom, head first. You’ve just created a squashed pancake of a mini-horse. Your bad.
Your little bitty smashed horse wasn’t unwilling to jump the fence. The pancaked pony was unable to jump the fence. So, how do you fix the problem?
Problems aren’t ruining your relationships; the problems within your relationships are causing your problems.
“I found Christ, now what?”
Many folks silently ask this question days, weeks, or years after accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Similar questions may have occurred to you about marriage, having children, or while contemplating the hairy half-ton of equine attitude looking right back at you over the paddock gate.
If you have both teenagers and horses you may have already noted some similarities in expression and challenge. The teenage “attitude” and equine “attitude” often look ver-r-ry much the same.
The most important relationships make life worth living. The quality of your life is the sum of the quality of your relationships. The quality of your relationships depends on what you do every day. The only reality in life is today. If your relationships aren’t perfect, join the club. The question is what do you intend to do about it? How great is your commitment? What are you willing to change to become the bride or groom you were, the expectant parent you were, the crazy horse kid you were, and the beloved child of Christ that you are?
How can you do it?