When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Sometimes simply knowing the facts is a blessing. The frustration of working with a horse who just isn’t responding as you expect disappears the moment you learn it is vision-impaired. I have two horses, one who is going blind quickly and another with a severe sight deficit. It’s a wonderful journey I would like to share with you.
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?