Today, we mark it in the calendar: Jake finally got a halter and a lead rope on Max. As spring slipped into summer, Jake got busy with mowing and various odd jobs so we didn’t make a lot of progress with Max. He was gentle enough, but just wasn’t much on being handled unless you were feeding him. We were kind of stumped.
Enter Wild Horse Ministries. They were in our area last week so we went to enjoy their show. Paul Daily, the founder of their ministry, is often called The Horse Whisperer. But what makes their presentation unique is not just the simple gentle training method that Paul uses, but it’s how he weaves the gospel through the whole thing.
As you watch Paul take a young untrained horse and lovingly show that horse that he can trust him, it’s easy to see the correlation to how God works with us. Paul shows the horse that he’ll work with him just the way he is. That he’s not going to bully or force him into submission, but that he wants the horse to WANT to work with him. He keeps his eye on the horse, and needs to have that horse’s full attention so the horse can learn. He uses the lead rope as a cue to the horse. When the horse is doing the right things, he lets the rope relax, when the horse is rebelling, he has to pull that rope taut for the horse’s own good.
It’s really amazing. Within two hours he had a little three year old filly, who they had just gotten a halter on an hour or so earlier, doing everything he asked of it, even allowing him to put a saddle on her and go for a ride! Although I was certain that ol’ fella wasn’t going to get on that filly unless he was darn sure she was cooperative, it still kind of took my breath away. We know how stubborn and strong a horse can be, and at times during the presentation, that little filly bucked and reared up in protest. She could have tossed him out of the ring.
But she trusted him, and he trusted her. And now her life is going to be changed. She’ll get to enjoy people loving on her, grooming her, and going for great rides together. It will be more than just watching each other over a fence. They’re going to have a real relationship. One-on-one.
You can read more about Wild Horse Ministries on their website. We will definitely look forward to seeing them again when they come our way. Meanwhile you can check to see if they’ll be in your area. Right now they are still hitting some other areas of KY, but I see they’ll be making their way through Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas before the end of the year.
They definitely inspired us in more ways than one.