Horses are wonderful, obedient, sweet, obstinate, frustrating, challenging, joyous, fulfilling, and obsessive. Most are creative communicators capable of telling you precisely where to scratch, what perfume is most annoying, which treat is the bomb, and when you’ve ticked him off or hurt his feelings.
Draw your horse to you by sharing your dream. Tell him out loud and with great detail. Describe every hope, image, and bit of magic in your heart. Help him realize that he’s capable of more than he thinks he is because you plan to offer more than he believes is possible. Show him your vision then begin to live it.
Don’t accept discouragement. It’s tempting, especially when others think you’re wasting your time. Sometimes it takes years to make your vision a reality. As long as you make the tiniest bit of progress month to month or season to season, don’t quit. Understand that forward is a direction, not a speed.
Reward every try and be gob-smacked delighted with the smallest effort.
Obedience at liberty is true obedience, like walking a tightrope without a safety net. Horses must have the freedom to choose to obey. Would Jesus have the same appeal if He roped and drug you into relationship? I chose Him the same way I want a horse to choose me. When He said, “Come,” I came. When He says “Follow,” I follow. Not because I have no other choice, but because the invitation delights me.
Smile when you ride. It’s powerful, encouraging, and relieves tension, especially when you feel insecure or distracted. Smile. Feel what it does to your core. To your seat.
Smile and mean it. You can’t be on the back of a horse without being grateful for something!