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 .
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 then 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 masters 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 sprit 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.
.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.
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.
The 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.
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