A Cowboy’s Faith: Dancing, prancing brings gladness

“Looks like he wants to dance.”buchmanhead

The remark was made about the high prancing that The Wonderful Zane often does, especially when headed toward the barn or trailer.

“Oh, he’s taught to dance to the loudspeaker music,” we responded in jest.

Really?” questioned the seemingly-impressed passerby.

“No,” we had to admit. “Just kidding.”

Yet, we wish The Wonderful Zane could dance. Well, he probably can, but in order for a horse to dance, he has to be trained by someone who knows how to dance to the beat of the music.

We can’t dance, although we took lessons in grade school, and even liked to “cowboy dance” back when we weren’t smart enough to know we weren’t with the music, just making a fool of ourselves.

Even if The Wonderful Zane was trained to dance, we couldn’t be the one showing him, because we still can’t dance.

However, dancing horses impress us. We have fond memories from more than five decades ago when Roy Rogers entertained at the Mid-America Fair in Topeka. Roy sang from the back of his famous palomino stallion Trigger, who danced perfectly to the beat. Then, eight matching palominos did a dance routine at liberty under Roy’s guidance.

Although years later we found out the renowned horseman Glenn Randall trained the horses, Roy, being a talented musician, could readily orchestrate their dance routines.

Additionally, we’ve seen a few other dancing ponies, and are still always impressed at them, and the dancing horses we see on television.

The Wonderful Zane doesn’t really dance. He prances, jigs, jumps and kicks slightly, which would be aggravating to many. Several people have even evaluated that he’s “bucking.”

Not that we couldn’t fall off him in his high paced action, our gray gelding, often described as a “white horse” by others, has never bucked or shown any inclination to do so.

His “spirit” is actually most appealing to us, following the preference of Dad, who also liked high-headed horses with a lot of get-up-and-go.

Reminds us of Nahum 3:2: “The prancing and bounding horses.” And, Hosea 10:5: “They go all out prancing.” Most importantly, Psalm 30:11: “You have turned my mourning into dancing; You girded me with gladness.” Thus, First Samuel 2:1: “I’m dancing my salvation.” Because, Acts 3:8: “He was dancing and praising God.”

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