Building Character PDF Print E-mail
Horse riding over rugged terrainJames 3:17  But the wisdom that comes from Heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

How Do We Build Character?

Character is built through challenges, through suffering, and through temptation.

Building a strong character in a horse when training is a culmination of all the steps necessary in teaching a horse to be a productive partner in life…earning trust, creating submission, developing patience, and establishing a good relationship.  In all of those steps there are challenges in learning new things totally unfamiliar, suffering through the long hours of riding and conditioning and temptation to not accept and submit to direction.  Isn’t that how God works with us in building our character?  Aren’t there times in our life when we are challenged (tested), go through different degrees of suffering, and are tempted by the world to think, speak, or act in ways that do not glorify God?

Relationship PDF Print E-mail
Girl hugging her horseEphesians 4:2-3 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond.

Life is much like a Garden.
•    Relationships are a row in our garden.
•    God Planted the seeds to those relationships.
•    It is our responsibility to tend to and keep it.

Gen 2:15
  Then the Lord took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.  (Tend to it = protect)

Trust PDF Print E-mail
Horse on a bridgeRomans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s look at trust from a horse’s perspective, and then apply that perspective to relationships in our life including our relationship with the Lord.

Trust is the foundation of a strong relationship between a rider and their horse.  Without trust the relationship is empty and we really have nothing.  Your horse must trust you and you must trust your horse.  Building that trust takes time.
Submission PDF Print E-mail
Little girl leading a horseEphesians 5:21  And further, you will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Let’s look at the horse as an example in submission.

One of the most important exercises a person can do with their horse is for softness and responsiveness.   In order for the horse to be responsive to its rider’s command it must submit.  This submission is developed through a mutual understanding and respect.  It is not a give and take situation, but one of give and release (or give and give back).

That interaction with the horse is not unlike interactions we have with people in our lives.  Whether in a marriage, with our children, other members of our family or at work, we must submit to one another our of respect and mutual understanding.

Brokenness PDF Print E-mail
Horse Close-upPSALM 143:10  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; May your good spirit lead me on level ground.

When a person asks me if a horse is broke, to me the question is really “does this horse know and understand the meaning of relationship and submission?’  In other words, has the horse reached a point when it has totally submitted to its master through a full understanding that life with that lead is meaningless?  Does the horse seek the leadership from and desire to be in close relationship with its master?  If yes, then I would say the horse is broke or has reached that point of brokenness at which time its life has truly turned around.

Boarding Your Horse PDF Print E-mail
Boarding Your HorseIn our last article we discussed building your facility before you buy.  Today lets talk about boarding your horse, when you are not in a position to build.

Boarding your horse can be a great option for you if you do not have a facility or the space to build one.  There are many types of boarding options to choose from, and just as many cost structures.  Below are just a few to look into for you and your horse.
Build Your Horse Facility Before You Buy PDF Print E-mail

Build Your Horse Facility Before You Buy More From "7 Tips You Must Consider Before You Buy A Horse"!

In the last two articles we discussed knowing the value of the horse, costs associated with owning a horse, the importance of doing a vet check prior to purchase, and having riding goals in mind when selecting a horse.  Today lets talk about facilities.

Buying a Horse? PDF Print E-mail

Buying a Horse?Over the past 25 years, there are some basic steps I have learned to take when purchasing a horse.  Most of these I have learned the hard way by not doing them at first.  However, you can bet that I do them now...every time I buy.  Do the same and you will be much happier in your purchase.

Have Riding Goals In Mind
Be sure that you have some idea of what your plans are with the horse you are looking to purchase.  I have worked with a number of people who wanted to buy a horse, but were unclear as to what their needs really were.  In a short period of time, they realized they purchased the wrong horse for themselves.

Having a Plan and Vet History/Checks PDF Print E-mail
More From The "7 Insider Secrets You MUST Know Before Buying A Horse" Part 1
Having a Plan and Vet History/Checks


Through the years, I have made the mistake of buying horses with too much of a general idea of how I would use them. The end result of this is putting myself, and the horse, in a situation where neither of us are happy. The horse really would be better off at a home where it could use its gifts, talents, and training to its best ability. The owner then could give the horse a job that it would be much happier doing.

Have A Price Range In Mind Before You Buy PDF Print E-mail
Have a Price Range In Mind Before You Buy A Horse
More Details From The "7 Insider Secrets You MUST Consider When Buying A Horse"!
(Part 2)

Our last article we talked about the importance of  asking the buyer for all medical records, doing a "vet check" every time you buy, and having a plan with your horse.  Today, let's talk money.