The Magic of Partnership

What a horse seesA horse sees things differently than we do…

We are hunters
He is prey
We see only what is right in front of us
He sees almost 360 degrees around his body
God has given us the ability to reason, think things out and take on our problems proactively
God has given him the ability to reactive quickly and run from his problems or to fight to protect himself when he can’t get away
To us variety is the spice of life
To him, he mostly prefers the same routine
Our society has taught us that it is best to be independent and to take on your troubles alone
The horse’s society taught him to be dependant on his herd, sticking together means safety

We both know we have to choose our friends wisely…

He chooses the bravest horse to lead him to help keep him safe
Although he may challenge his leader, he finds comfort in knowing where he stands in the pecking order, as long as his leader remains strong
The leader keeps the herd safe, alerting the group of dangers and leading them from harms way

The magic begins when we show the horse we are that leader.
That we are the one with the strength to keep him safe.

And miracles happen when we, two very different creatures, speak to each other in ways we can both understand and learn to partner together.

With this powerful partnership battles have been won,
Countries have been built
Messages have been delivered
Crippled children have learned to walk
And hearts have been healed.

When we see things the way a horse sees them, being led and under control is not a bad thing. Being with a strong leader brings safety and guidance.

 

Amazing Riders From The Cavalry

modern centaurs

I ran across this and had to share! Crazy footage of brave horses & riders who have definitely earned their spurs! Really don’t even aspire to ride like this! But they were amazing riders!

Control your thoughts

What are you thinking about today?

With every horse show, seems to come some life lesson for me. And this weekend the lesson seems to be once again, the importance of controlling my thoughts! It seems like anytime I let my guard down or think I have them under control the negatives seems to creep in. I showed twice in the Sr. Pleasure,…

No guts, no glory…

I love this quote from one of the World’s most successful horsemen, Bob Avila. I found it in one of his books once and scribbled it out on a piece of notebook paper. I think about it a lot when it’s hot or cold, when I have been broke, or I hurt all over… I…

Our deepest fear…

The Strangest Secret….

Don’t underestimate the value in this classic recording! Well worth your time to listen to, seriously life changing wisdom…

Keep Your Eye On The Prize.

This weekend we attended a small open horse show in our area. This particular show is great to take beginners to practice but it  is always a challenge for us. You have to go with the attitude of having fun and just having the best ride you can because our western classes are sometimes combined…

Do you ever wish you could cry out “MULLIGAN!” ?

Boy I do! When I was growing up and my Dad was teaching me to play golf we could. Why can’t have a “mulligan” whenever we need one? Wikipedia definition of Mulligan… Mulligan (games), when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action A do-over! Yes! I have had great aspirations over the…