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.
The book of Ecclesiastes is avoided by many teachers and bible study groups because it is “too difficult.” To put it in the simplest of terms, Solomon* spent a great deal of money, time, ego, and energy on the pursuit of horse cookies. The conclusion he reached is that the pursuit of horse cookies eventually leads to an empty cookie bucket while pursuing relationship with the one who offers the cookies leads to eternal reward.
Solomon discovered the emptiness of seeking the gift instead of the Giver. To their detriment, horses, children, dogs, and Christians also get lost when their focus centers on some treat, entertainment, bone, or blessing and not on the trainer, parent, master, or Savior.
In one simple word, “grace” defines the Golden Rule of Christian Horse Training. Some horses seem to have real difficulty staying focused, consistent, or have what seems like a major case of bull-headed resistance. Every “No” your horse gives you is caused by one of two situations; he is either unwilling to do as you ask or is unable to comply. When asked, most owners are certain their darling equine’s response is not that he can’t, but that he WON’T! Do you think your horse is being a pain in your saddle-sitter just to be annoying?
Enter the Golden Rule.
The first instant you step into the round pen with a horse you are either teaching it to trust you, to fear you, or to ignore you. This is true for professional trainers as well as the newest horse owners.
It is possible to establish a new beginning whether you already have a 10 year relationship with your horse or this is your first day together. These steps and concepts are the foundation of my programs with troubled horses as well as to maintain right relationship with my own.
Do you wonder what God expects from you? Do you pray for guidance? Are you unsure of what God wants you to do? The answers can be found in our relationship with horses. God wants the same 3 things from me that I want from my horse.