Friday, 27 January 2017

Riding patterns

The more we ride them the better we get at memorizing them. We build upon previous experiences and observations. Our brains are actually changed. We’re learning to learn.
So, if experience goes through the routine, perhaps wisdom says, This is the way things typically go.
 Left lead skills are typically followed by a lead change and some right lead skills.  After jumps to the right come the jumps to the left.  From dressage ring to hunter course to reining pen.  Wise riders are ones who’ve learned to recognize the flow of the show – patterns, schedules and horses – the way things usually work.
Taken a step further, the wise rider not only sees of the rhythms and routines, but applies what she knows.
I love the ancient Hebrew word for wisdom, Hochma – conveying the image of a pattern woven into the fabric of the universe. Jesus commended those who
1. recognized the pattern and 2. applied it in their lives.
This is the way things typically go. Connecting the dots. Seeing the warning signs. Making different choices next time in the same situation.
In light of my past experience, my present circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams, what is the WISE thing for me to do? Andy Stanley, pastor.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Why do we love our “kissing horse face” photos?

They’re everywhere – advertising vacations to vaccinations (if you love your horse, you’ll immunize with…)
Winston Churchill got it right- “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

Horses are therapy.  They make us feel good.

But let’s be honest, our horses might not be feeling the love as much as we are when they’re kissed.
1. Kissing isn’t your horse’s “love language”. Horses express their bonding preference for herd mates in other ways. Kissing is a human expression, we learn as toddlers.  Research shows they actually prefer being scratched or massaged, particularly around the withers, by their people.
2. Horses will tolerate, but not naturally enjoy their noses touched. First, he can’t see you. Objects immediately in front of or below a horse’s nose are beyond his range of vision. Second, it’s a really sensitive zone. Muzzles are designed for “seeing” – sorting through bedding to get the last hay strand.
3. It’s risky – if you’ve ever been bopped by a horse’s head, I’ll bet your eyes are tearing up just thinking about it.
Ever consider how we may speak a different love language, human to human?
Dr. Gary Chapman noted that we each have a primary way of expressing and interpreting love and we all identify primarily with one of the five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.
 He also found that, for whatever reason, people are often drawn to those who speak a different love language than their own.
If that’s true, as we study our children, spouses, friends…and horses, we’ll be “speaking” in the language they understand!