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A Cowboy’s Faith: Horses are not pets

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Every horse has different abilities with widely varied personalities.”

Once again, a reminder has been emphasized that for these differences a horse might fit one person and not another.

Watching old Westerns on television brings to light how certain horses worked well in the movies. Yet, most modern day horsemen would not like them being critical of the high heads and “cold jaws.”

Dad liked his horses with that kind of spirit, and the preference continued through his son. Generally, not speedy when racing, they’re more exciting to ride rather than a “deadhead.”

However, that preference is highly contrasting to skilled trainers who prefer low headed, easy turning horses.

Horseshow criteria might be reason for appeal of more collected horses. They present a nice image to spectators and can usually be ridden by a more diverse group of people.

Those who select lower-keyed caliber of horses contend they have their head and mind ready to work whatever requested.

It is interesting to study transitions in what increasing numbers of horse riders prefer. While horses have always been demanded to gather and doctor cattle, ranch horses are now being properly credited.

From being evaluated just for their eye appeal and calm disposition, horses are now selected for cattle working ability. Many of today’s largest horse shows feature cattle classes rather than halter showing and pleasure riding.

It is good to have multiple purposes for horses. Barrel racing, jumping, and cutting horses have too much action for many riders. They prefer and get along fine with a horse that walks a given trail, sometimes jogging, or loping slowly.

Horses have been proven to be very therapeutic for people with a variety of physical and mental issues.

A useful purpose can be found for most horses, even those with a genetic disorder. They make fine “yard art,” that can be enjoyed from a distance in natural surroundings.

However, horses can also be dangerous and must be given complete respect. It is always best to dispense of a horse if it has tendencies to be harmful.

Of all horse merits, they are livestock, not pets and must be recognized, treated, and managed accordingly.

Reminded of Genesis 47:17; “They brought their livestock, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, cattle to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for all their livestock.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.




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