030 - Breaking a Horse

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From “In the Midst of Thee” – volume 1.

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to take some things for granted. I learned this lesson a few years ago when I was asked by a friend to break a horse. I was excited. It had been a long time, and I was eager to do it again. I loaded my family, and drove over to see him.

The horse turned out to be a large three-year-old Appaloosa gelding. I climbed through the fence and he came right up to me. Now, I was under the impression that I was only supposed to finish him off, that he was already mostly trained. He seemed really gentle, so I saddled and bridled him right there in the pasture, and swung up on his back.

When I began trying to neck rein him, however, and line him out, all he would do is [was] fight me. But the harder he fought me, the more determined I became that he wasn’t going to get away with it. He was going to do things my way, or else. It didn’t occur to me at the time that he didn’t have a clue what I wanted of him.

Finally, in frustration the horse threw his head in the air and reared up. He went higher and higher until he lost his balance, and went completely over backwards. It caught me so off guard that I didn’t react like I’d been taught; I didn’t get away from him in time and he came right down on top of me. Well, to make a long and embarrassing story short, I was hurt, and it took a long time to get over it.

It was later that I found out that the horse wasn’t broke at all. He really didn’t know anything. Needless to say, from that day on, I handled him much more carefully; I never again took him for granted. And as I learned to respect what he was capable of, I was able to control him and train him to be a decent saddle horse. All in all, it turned out to be a great experience.

Now, the point: Life is a lot like a large horse. If we get overconfident and reckless, and don’t treat it carefully and cautiously, it may wind up sitting on our chest, and we be lying on the ground spiritually torn, bleeding and gasping for air. Life can be dangerous; handle it with care, prayer, and Christ.

Oh, and just in case you wondering – I did get back up, and I did get back on.

Glenn Rawson – October 8, 1997
Song: If Only You Believe in Yourself – Wanda Lindstrom Mitchell