Just a blog about an Appy named Louie, a POA named Honey, his minion (me) and some faith and grace. Oh, did I fail to mention we also do cowboy and western dressage as well as trail ride? :)
2/5/21 ~ A Good Horse
Every now and then again, A good horse comes along, You better pay attention, Be a shame if you go wrong.
When you see him comin’, You must not hesitate, “Cause you just might miss him, If too long you wait.
The good ones are attractive, People look for build and color, And if they’re at an auction, Will out-bid one another.
Why, just last week in Cow Town, One brought a hundred grand, Lord knows I was honored, Just in the barn to stand.
But out there in the country, When you can have some time, To look at what you’re seein’, You’ll sooner come out fine.
The width of hip, it matters, You’ll want a pretty head, And if he’s moving graceful, Broke but not plumb dead.
Does he look closer at you, Or does he look on past, Does he seem to know you, Is that feelin’ gonna last.
It’s not unlike the Savior, When He sees us, we are known, The one He paid the price for, And will take us home.
And bonded there forever, He with His love will heal, All that hurts and ails us, ‘Cause His grace is so real.
So don’t miss that old pony, When he finally comes along, And get in Jesus’ halter, With Him you can’t go wrong.
I came across this website and Facebook page called Gods Horseback Gospel awhile back and read a few posts and poems; didn’t really think a whole lot about it and then stumbled across it again the other day. In reading this poem “Good Horse” By Brad McClain it brings back cherished memories of the horses that I have ridden, trained, loved, not loved, been SO glad to see the backside of them get in the trailer and the ones that I have shed crazy tears over because I have lost. It also reminds me that every once in a while you get that ONE, that one special horse that makes all the others worthwhile. You know the ones I’m talking about? The bad actors, the gossipers, the slackers, the ones that step on your toes to get ahead in line. Wink, not just talking about horses here!
But, if we think about it... we were chosen. God thought we were pretty special and paid the price for us. God’s grace, love, and faith in us promises that we can trust that God knows that we were worth the price. God gives us peace once we have that connection. We know that with God, we can’t go wrong. “…we will come and make our home with each of them…” (John 14:23, NLT)
Lord, give us faith, and make that faith grow in us day by day. Also give us hope and love, so that we may serve our neighbors according to your will; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
“It becomes a dark time when we lose faith in each other and thus lack courage.” Chogyam Trungpa, Buddhist teacher Most of you know that I am ever optimistic, “This too shall pass” and “Glass half full”. Through everything I have had two constants pushing me forward and keeping me optimistic and looking for that other side of the rain cloud. One is my faith in God that all will be put right in time not of our choosing but of God’s choosing. The second is I have an outlet for my stress and worry, my horses. There have been a few over the years and you have read about the special ones. Right now Louie, my “Happy Appy” is near and dear to my heart. He is goofy and kind and makes me smile. A couple weeks ago I was at the farm in KS trimming their hooves. Just like trimming our fingernails. Louie LOVES to take my hair out of its ponytail. I had a different hair tie in that he couldn’t figure out that weekend. Horses like dogs or cats can tell when people are having a
The end of November, first of December has been busy and kind of eventful! I have been elected to be the Nebraska Dressage Association board and as such will be the incoming president. I am also on the Region 4 USDF Nomination committee as well as being one of the Dressage Foundation's GMO's Ambassadors! Add that in to being on the board for the Nebraska Cowboy Dressage group and work as well as my newest addiction weaving and I have a busy year in 2021! Louie and Honey are still enjoying their long break with CoVid and hanging out at the farm getting fat and sassy. They both have been wearing their masks and staying socially distanced as much as possible with a couple of exceptions... Louie was not as impressed with the masks as Honey was. He is impatiently waiting for the vaccine to come out. So, for now we wait and see what 2021 will hold for us. Hopefully it is a vaccine and more opportunities for riding and showing.
Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. I am not sure that I have ever been around a happier horse than little Miss Honey. She generally greets you with ears up and a gentle nicker. Of course, she could just be hopeful for a cookie or an apple… But she is generally a happy little horse. She likes to go out to explore the world when we go on a trail ride, looking forward with wide eyes and pricked ears. Happy to see what is around the bend. If we are doing some arena work, she is bouncing through that with a spring in her step looking for the next challenge. I am wondering, do we have a choice to be like Honey? To greet each day with our eyes open and ears perked up looking for the next adventure that is coming our way? Maybe the adage “Happiness is a choice” could be applied? Maybe when circumstances threaten to crush people’s spirits and sink them into the gloom, they need the powerful medicine of joy more than ever. Sol