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back to groundwork

Back to groundwork
Back to groundwork

Back to groundwork
Building a good relationship with your horse, it takes a fundamental Foundation to build a good relationship with your horse, you cannot enjoy the good pleasures of a ride without having a solid foundation to work upon, in the same manner, we cannot have the good pleasures of a foundation with God unless we have a firm foundation to build upon . let’s take a look at what Jesus says when asked what is the greatest commandment As it says in Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.

Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

You notice that the first that appears that you shall love your God with all your heart all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength, This precedes love your neighbor as you love yourself. for you cannot truly  love your neighbor as yourself Until you learn to love your Lord thy God, you know this here it says you shall love your Lord thy God with all your, let’s look at the word all  this means everything, not just a little bit not just part time, put all everything that is within you ,that’s why this vers ends with the word strength for it takes strength work and effort And commitment to continue your relationship with God, Not works of deeds but works a faithfulness. I’ll have you know those two Mark 12:31 it does not use the word all or strength, what does this tell us: it tells us that if we love your Lord the God he will give us the provision to love our neighbor as ourselves.

James 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Works such as loving Thy Neighbor as a result of our faith a result of the relationship that we have built with God by loving him with all without him there is no works just law. Show me see here 1 comes before the other love thy Lord thy God comes before love thy neighbor as thyself faith columns before works.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

So you ask what does this have to do with the relationship with our horse, Foundation is the answer Foundation comes before good pleasure good ride obedience. groundwork is The First Fundamental Foundation you need on your horse when you have that solid foundation of trust faithfulness and loyalty on the ground that foundation will move to the saddle.                       every horse that comes in for training no matter what training has been put on the horse and how long it’s been under saddle I always go back to groundwork to build or rebuild or correct the fundamental foundations. When I stumbled and fell in my walk with Christ, I did not just get back in the saddle where I was, I went back to the teaching of the word. listen, studied and learn to correct my fundamental foundation in Christ, swallowing my pride and not leaning on my own understanding Recognizing that I missed something and foundational teachings of Christ. It was through those holes in the foundation that my stubble came, resulting in total Destruction of the life that I had built, So let’s not have holes in her foundation with Christ and let’s not have holes in the foundation with our horses and enjoy the good pleasures that God has given us. If we start Bucking in the saddle and being rebellious God will correct us take us back to the fundamentals of groundwork for his good pleasure and Ours, So praise God when he takes you back to the phone none was around work and disciplines you 4 says in Hebrews 12:5 my son do not despise the chastening of the Lord for the Lord chastens whom he loves.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I was asked 1 day how long do I spend training my personal horses I said a lifetime, every time I hook at leave line to a horse every time I step into a saddle I add something new and refresh something old. like it says in Philippians 6:1 for He Who begins a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ Jesus. we are always in training we are always learning, as long as we are in God’s Arena it is his good pleasure to teach us and the draws near to perfection.


Matthew 6:33-34

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The art of riding

the art of horse back riding is about feel , balance and timing. Feeling the horse with you hands, legs and seat. Maintaining a center of balance on the horse. Having the right timing and action to control your horse .

While working with your horse you should be able to feel the amount of pressure in your reins what I refer to as feeling the bit and the response of the horse to the given pressure in the bit, slowly applying more as needed and then releasing the pressure as the the horse give to the bit no pulling , jerking and and hanging on to the horses mouth .

Testimony of a Horse

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When starting a new horse here at the ranch we use a well seasoned horse as part of our training team. We will let the seasoned horse give his testimony to the new horse, letting him know that we are not going to harm him and that there is a greater purpose to his existent other than setting in a pen eating hay. The seasoned horse needs to be calm and quite, patience and faithful to his master and gives control over to and listens for the master’s commands, only applying pressure to the new horse when he is told to. In doing so he will bring many new disciplined and obedient horses to the ranch. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus has given us the great commission to go and make disciples of all nations. To do this we need to be a Testimony of Christ.

What is your testimony?

Do you display the fruits (Galatians 5:22-24) of the spirit in your day to day walk? Do the people around you know that you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Like the seasoned horse we need to give our testimony. The horse teaches there are greater things ahead and to have faith in the man at the rains. A good horse is a testimony to his master and we need to be a testimony to God. We need to show Gods nature though our actions. It is time to give in to the rains and let God take control and be a good testimony.


Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Galatians 5:22-24 (NIV)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

Saddle Up


.For no one can lay any foundation
other than the one already laid,
which is Jesus Christ. 1
When we get ready to ride we
first saddle up the horse. This
becomes the firm foundation from
which we can work for the ride may
get a little rough.
There are many jobs you can do from horse back. Some of these jobs
require you to tie on to a firm foundation such as roping a steer to
be brand or treated. Without the saddle seated firmly on the horses
back it is easy to be pulled off your horse which can result in great harm to the rider. So when we saddle up we check our cinch, belly strap, and breast collar to make sure that the
foundation that we are going to be working from is firmly seated.Is your foundation in Christ firmly seated? Have you checked your cinch recently? Much like the saddle in which we work from
God has given us a foundation for our daily life which is His Word, and a Helper to help us check our cinch which is the Spirit. We are
told to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and much like the saddle there are many parts of the armor to keep your
life foundation firmly seated so that we may be ready for any thing. We may get a little shook up but will not have unnecessary harm brought to us. So take the time and check your cinch daily.
Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and
in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor
of God, so that you can take your stand against
the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not
against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of
this dark world and against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore
put on the full armor of God, so that when the
day of evil comes, you may be able to stand
your ground, and after you have done
everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with
the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In
addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish all the flaming
arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of
salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all
occasions with all kinds of prayers and
requests. With this in mind, be alert and always
keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Putting On The Spurs

spurs01The Bible tells us to spur one another on toward love and
good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 What does it mean to
spur? What does spur mean to you? We use spurs while training
and working a horse. Not as a means of punishment or to be
pushy, but as a means to encourage and move the horse.
The term “to spur” means to encourage one to push on. We
want to encourage the horse to move a specific way, so that it
can navigate the path we need to take. I call my spurs
“Directional Control Devices”.
Our words to one another should be like a spur in a horse’s
side. Not to abuse or hurt, but to encourage people to do good
and love one another for the glory of God. Can we make our
voices Directional Control Devices, to encourage those
around us so that we may help them take the narrow trail? So
let’s all strap on a pair of spurs and guide one another onto the
narrow trail up the mountains.
Hebrews 10:24-25
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting
together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging
one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Trainers Thoughts: Bill