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Tips, resources, and articles for horse owners, trainers, and everyone who recognizes the unique and precious gift that is the horse. Practical to inspirational. Great resource materials for owners, equine ministries and Cowboy Churches.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” — John 14:15

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Don’t Be Guilty Of Judging A Person By Their Past

Tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what they are and who they may become. Brennan Manning Tweet When did you last think, “What an amateur, who would pay him?” or “Someone needs to take her aside and tell her that she’s never gonna make it.” or “What a _________ person.” (insert lazy,

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When Your Horse Seems Insecure

Should you pass or press on when your horse tells you that he’s not comfortable with a gait, surroundings, or maneuver? You must know which option makes the situation more positive and which is an excuse to avoid an issue you don’t want to address. Sometimes the plan to exclude an exercise when your horse feels a bit “iffy” is

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Achieve Your Dream Part 3 — The Temptation of Comparison

Comparison is a temptation. Falling for it can sabotage your confidence and sideline your dreams faster than boiling water melts a sugar cube. Perfect objectivity isn’t possible when you self-evaluate because you can’t see the big picture when you’re standing in the middle of it. “The tip of the neighbour’s iceberg often looks very nice.”― Roy A. Ngansop, Engineer and Author

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Getting Older? The Joy of Trading Power for Freedom

My twenty-year old tobacco-colored gelding, Ace, stood quietly while I lumbered up onto a one-step stool carrying the stock saddle I intended to pitch onto his back. Eight out of ten times he steps backwards as soon as I get into launch position, but this day, he was a rock.  Which I especially appreciated as I tightened my core and

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Dealing Effectively With Pushy, Squeaky Wheels

Diva, our three-year-old miniature dachshund, is the one squeaky wheel in our house. She can be pushy, demanding, and vocal. The shrill noises emanating from our cuddly little cutie translate to, “Throw my ball!” or “Pay attention to me!” We’re dealing with her shriekish squeaks because I screwed up. I’m good with managing pushy horses and people, but I became

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Do Children and Horses Mirror Your Mistakes?

Biology isn’t the only criteria for who is or isn’t a mother or father. Raising bold, believing children requires knowledgeable, dedicated, persistent, and God-fearing parents.  Likewise, it takes knowledgeable, dedicated, and persistent owners or trainers to develop confident, reliable horses. The cause of most disobedient or dangerous teenagers is parents who were absent physically, emotionally, or both. Horses without firm,

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Seeing the Real You In the Eyes of A Horse

Horses give you the gift of simplicity—seeing the world through their eyes. There is no pretense with a horse—they’re direct and only say what they mean.  Horses don’t care if your eyebrows are plucked, if the crease in your jeans isn’t sharp, if your boots are hand-me-downs, or if you missed a juicy promotion. People are impressed or intimidated by

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The Wrongness of Worry for Christians

Most Christians agree that adultery is wrong. God’s beef against His people in the Old Testament was serial spiritual adultery, worshipping other Gods, disobedience, and breaking covenant. We are blessed by the Holy Spirit, yet continue to worship the idol of worry. In the late 1970s, I bought a Sherman on the Mount greeting card. I cut it in half,

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