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Horsin’ Around 5-31-10

Roger Thompson
Fort Collins, Colo.

Last Sunday my daughter and I went to church in Wellington, Colo., with four of my friends, Jim Zimmerman’s stepsons. It was advertised as a Cowboy Church because River of Life Church supports the Rodeo Bible Camp held in Grover, Colo. The camp is put on for young folks who want to attend a Christian camp and learn how to ride, rope and bulldog.

Pastor Rick Carlson started talking about what God wants of us and how we sometimes refuse to follow his teaching, then he brought in his old roping horse. This really got the crowd of folks excited. He talked about how we get the horse to respond to us, and in order for that, we must first get to know the horse and the horse get to know us in order to develop a relationship that is trust worthy.

I am having the same problem with a new horse. She is gentle but the former owner did not work on many things I need to do. In other words, all my horses stand and let me give them shots without much problem. This little mare goes ballistic when I poke her with a needle. I can’t blame her because I am the same way, but it has to be done and the shots need to be given for her protection.

I spent most of the day fighting her tied up to a stout post and lost several needles in the process. It was a fight that wore us both out and she thought I was being mean to her. Finally I got one shot in and had to give up on the other side because she was fighting so bad. Talking to a neighbor I finally decided to blindfold her in order to give the shot. I haven’t given it yet but I will try later.

We often react the same way when God wants us to respond to what he is trying to teach us and get us to do. I know there are those who feel that we are just put on this earth to go along and do our own thing. But I do feel that we are put here for a purpose. Although there are times when, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what that purpose is all about. That is when, I am told to just sit down and relax and it will come to me. That is a hard thing to do, especially since the economy crash and I haven’t found a job for the past year.

Back to the horse … sometimes you just have to sit back and take a break and both of you stop and think about everything. So this morning I went out to turn them out to graze, but before doing that, I spent time just loving on them. To my surprise my little mare came up to me and let me pet her all over her body. Even the spot where I stuck the needle.

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Like the horse in church service it takes time for God to work with us and let us think about what he wants us to do and give us time to figure it out for His will. I know this sounds a little crazy but I got a lot out of church service that morning. A lot that I can put into place working with my horses and folks in my life.

Some times fighting can lead nowhere, oh there are times when that is what you have to do but there are times when you just have to stop for a while and let things cool off. Then go back at the problem with a little different attitude and approach. I think I’ll try that in a few days.


Prior to his retirement, Roger Thompson was a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.