Such thing as too much horse
“And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” I Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
In my early days of riding we were training a two year-old thoroughbred cross named “Mooney Blue”. He was high spirited and had mainly one speed……fast! I remember exercising him one day and he decided he wasn’t going to stop. We rounded the pasture so many times I lost count before he finally came to a stop. I just held on for my life. I have no idea how long it took before that horse wore out. It is probably the race horse in him.
Another common mistake that people make buying their first horse is buying something that is too much horse for a beginning rider. What I mean by this is, people purchase a horse that is too spirited for a novice rider to control. Be realistic. A horse may be beautiful and multi-talented but it may be too high strung for someone without much experience. Sometimes a quieter-natured horse, possibly an older horse in their mid teens is a better choice for a first horse.
This is a common mistake because sometimes we watch experienced riders on TV, at a horse show or maybe watching a more experienced friend ride and we have high hopes that we can jump on the back of any horse and do the same thing. It looks easier than it actually is if you don’t know what you are doing. Horses are large powerful animals and they are to be respected for what they are capable of doing. This is why it is important to make sure that our ability matches the ability of the horse we are purchasing.
Have we ever done this in other areas of your life? We take on more than we can handle and then blame God because we interpret the scripture in I Corinthians 10:13 to mean that God won’t give us more than we can handle. When in all actuality we are taking on too much in our lives and not exercising our right to say “no”. God expects us to have boundaries and to be self aware of what we are actually capable of doing. So before you buy “too much horse” just say “no”!
by Vera Clark