Horses and Owners

Tips, skills, training, inspiration and encouragement to help you build transformative relationship with a horse, practice good stewardship, and walk more closely with our Lord Jesus Christ. Practical, conceptual, and points to ponder.

Overwhelmed? A Message Most of Us Need to Hear

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By September 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Once a year I sit myself down for a serious talk about the same two things. Each year distractions foil my resolve to master two simple concepts. The first is simplify. The second is — Slow down! If you have one mega-calorie nutrition bar capable of sustaining life for three weeks, would you eat it all at once or portion it…


Duty is a Good Thing as Long as You Give Equal Time to Joy

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By September 4, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

You know what it’s like to make a duty call. It’s expected. It may even be contractual. You have to do it to maintain your “good person” status. Duty has it’s place – as long as joy gets equal time. Revelation is the unexpected intrusion of external thought or insight. These are mountain-top moments that decorate our lives like candles…


The Truth About Change – Faith and Worry Don’t Socialize

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By August 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Jesus makes it perfectly clear that Faith and Worry don’t keep company. Faith usually chooses Joy as a dancing partner. Worry never leads and looks to Temptation or Distraction for a good time. My husband and I are getting older. So are you. So is everyone. Some just start sooner. We look into the future knowing we can’t maintain our…


Chasing Tribulation, or How I Got Bucked Off My Treadmill

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By July 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Most of you understand bucking. Lots of horse folks know what it’s like to look up from the ground wondering, “What happened? I walk on the treadmill every day without incident. Until last Monday. One moment I was upright and the next I lay crumpled on our garage’s cement floor. The first sign something was amiss was the unexpected noise…


Rethinking the Use of Pressure in Horse Training

Horses and Owners By June 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

For the first time, Journey backed with impulsion and perfect form yesterday. Woo-hoo! It’s hard to believe we rescued him almost three years ago because some lessons come s-l-o-w-l-y. His success yesterday was like a piece of birthday cake. (I love cake.) A moment worth savoring. Journey’s back up was pretty. Cadenced. Straight. Hocks and hindquarters engaged. With the diagonal…


Pretty Doesn’t Ride

Horses and Owners By June 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Pretty alone doesn’t ride. Pretty isn’t a reliable indicator of ability, heart, character, or trainability. Neither is a great hip, but it’s a better bet than an attractive head if you want to do any of the funner things with a horse. Gallop across meadows. Chase cows. Climb mountains. Run fast and shoot balloons. Enjoy play days or competitions. As…


Every Horse Trainer is Guilty of This

Horses and Owners By May 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Horse trainers are human, falling into the trap of thinking we’re always right. Horses are an amazing gift from God. They treat us precisely as we deserve, unless they show us grace. Horses lift you higher than you can go on your own. They tattle on you when you lose concentration or react to changes you don’t know you make. …


Horse Trainers MUST Have This

Horses and Owners By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , No Comments

It takes a horse to train a horse. Not too difficult a concept, right? Yet many people spend endless hours searching out the latest greatest training methods or resources. Not a bad thing. But I know quite a few who invest more time reading about horses than spending time with one. Some folks spend hours watching videos, surfing the internet…


Learning About Christian Character from a Horse

Horses and Owners By May 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Everyone is wonderful some of the time. Few people are delightful all the time. Authentic character is expressed in hard times, not days of leisure. It’s easy to be kind and agreeable when circumstances are kind and agreeable. Apply the thumb screws and our true nature is revealed. Tribulation tears away the shroud of pretense. Gray horses played pivotal roles…


What To Do When You or Your Horse is Frustrated, Acting Out, or Emotional

Horses and Owners By April 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

There are times in relationship when you must step back. Get hold of yourself. Return eyes of accusation from whomever is bugging you to the mirror – and settle. Horses push your buttons. Like people. Sometimes it’s purposeful, but it’s usually a simple emotional reaction to what’s happening. Telling your horse, child, friend, or acquaintance to “Trust me” is never…