God’s Horsemanship is an idea God gave me one day when I was cleaning booths. I dreamed a little day and thought of all the different types of riding that I hear about today, especially this “natural horse care”. Everyone seems to have their different version of natural horse. These trainers and clinics put a different name in front of it so that it sounds different and they can call it their own, but if you look at many of them carefully they all use basically the same methods with their own little twist here and there, do same thing to get similar results. Now I will not say that dissertation educators and clinics are not talented, I learn a lot from many of them today and I commend them for their hard work and knowledge.
But for me it goes a little deeper than just horse training. While I was still in the stall, I started thinking to myself … what is the natural horse that came up with this?
God created horses, he did not (Genesis 1: 24-25) Then he created man to handle these animals (Genesis 1:26) and then he let man give them names (Genesis 2: 19- 20).
Who gives me the ability to train these horses? So I started to think a little further about the methods I have learned & use to train horses. Then it dawned on me that what I was doing was not a natural horse, it was God’s horse.
God’s horsemanship for me is my relationship with God & then animals and in this case the horse. This relationship has enabled me to learn from God and the horse, which teaches me a lot about myself and the things I need to change in my life. My relationship with the horse also teaches me more about God’s personality & how my relationship with him should be.
God’s ultimate goal is to gain our trust in him and in the same way, our ultimate goal is to win our horses’ trust in us. For example, I discover that God allows certain stresses in our lives (never more than we can handle) until we give up and begin to trust Him to achieve greatness with us, just as when I train a horse I allow one to feel a certain pressure (never more than he can handle) until he gives up and learns to trust me so that I can achieve greatness with him.
I also learn from the horse, for example, horses do not see color lines or special breeds. All they see are people. When my horse and I disagree on something a certain day, we can stop coming back the next day and he has forgotten everything about the day before. Horses do not harbor resentment towards humans, so this is how we should be with each other. Horses are always willing to try again, very humble.
I have many other lessons I learn every day but I just wanted to share some.