1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
This has been my life verse and it means a lot to me. I have been through a lot of things and this verse always comes to my mind. I love to think that I can cast all my cares upon the Lord because he cares for me. I also want Bruiser to know that I care and want the best for him and that he can cast all his cares, worries, and fears on me because I care for him.
Bruiser has taught me a lot about relationships. When I first got here, I really did not have a relationship with my parents but since I started with Bruiser that has changed a lot. How do I expect Bruiser to listen to me when I can’t even listen to my parents? How do I expect Bruiser to want to be with me if I don’t even want to be with my parents? I love Bruiser, and I know he loves me.
Leo and Bucky
Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
This verse means that God gave us the privilege to have rule over the animals of this earth, like horses. It also means that we need to take care of them and to use them wisely. Also to teach them in accordance to how God teaches us.
My horse is like my best friend. I love training him. He is practically a mirror image of me. He is like that friend you will never get tired of. In a sense, he is teaching me, too. He means the world to me. One of the main things I have learned in colt class is that when things go wrong, like getting bucked off, to always try again. Another is that God is in control and that He will put you and your horse through trials so that you can push through them and strive for success. Whenever you are working, put everything you have into it.
Jordan and Jewel
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
I believe that if you take a step of faith just to try to get closer to God, I believe that He will take a step closer to you.
Imagine that you and your horse are in the round pen. You represent God and the horse represents a sinner that is new to the Christian life. And he does not want to be with you but with the other horses. What do you do? I like to try to get the horse’s attention on me and off the others. And when that happens, and the horse figures out that I am not trying to hurt it but to help it, the horse will want to be with me and start drawing near to me and I start drawing near to my horse.
Jeremy and Roach
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“Peace I leave with you…“ My intentions were to train Roach to become a ranch horse. I did not want him to become wide-eyed and tensed up when I was around. I wanted him to be able to trust me. “…my peace I give unto you…“ I wasn’t the only one trying to get something to trust me. God was trying to get me to trust Him. “…not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” Being the trainer, I used servant leadership to train. Over time, roach learned that being with me offered him security. It was hard, though, because he always wanted to veer toward the other horses. To make a great horse, the horse has to learn to stand alone. To become a great man, the man needs to stand alone. Whether in the round-pen or the arena of life, there is always a trainer. In the round-pen, I am the trainer, but in life, God is the trainer.
Daniel and Kryptonite
Romans 7:21 “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.”
I’ve learned so much in colt class. My horse has taught me so much. It just seems like every time I am trying to teach him or accomplish something with him that there is always something that prevents me from being able to teach him everything he needs to know. But one thing that always helps me get through this is repeating the Bible verse, Philippians 4:13.”I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Kyle and Remmy
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
One thing that my horse has taught me is how to be a leader. When my horse is scared and not confident about something, God gives me the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind to push her through it and help her get over it. I also see this in my relationships with people and with Him. He helps me conquer my fears and face my problems.
Dalton and Reba
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
This Bible verse helps me and lives in my heart every day.
God has shown me many lessons with my horse that benefit me in life. Listening to Mr. Olson has helped me not get hurt on my horse, but all in all, God is the one which protects me and gives me the courage to get on my horse every day. I know He is there for me and will protect me.