10 Things That Will Keep You From Getting Bucked Off

by Kevin on April 7, 2011

When you ride horses enough, you are going to experience the inevitable situation where your horse will try to introduce you to Mother Earth. Any good cowboy will tell you that there are some tricks of the trade (more commonly known as common sense) that might just talk your horse out of a pitching fit. You’ll be surprised how well these things apply to our lives as well.

1. Warm your horse up good.

(Start your day off with your focus on God.)

2. Don’t push your horse past it’s limits.

(If you have trouble with purchasing 10 times the amount of toilet paper you will ever need, consider sending someone else down the TP aisle at the Wal-Mart store.)

3. If your horse starts to hump up, turn him in a circle.

(If you feel temptation coming toward you, go another direction.)

4. Check your saddle blanket for cockle-burs and mesquite thorns before you put it on your horse.

(Sin will stay there and cause all sorts of problems until it’s removed.)

5. Don’t forget to rest your horse if he’s worked hard.

(Being exhausted makes you vulnerable.)

6. Be sure your back cinch doesn’t become your flank cinch.

(A good thing in a bad place will get you bucked off quick. For example, sex with your spouse is good. Sex without your spouse is bad.)

7. Don’t let your horse go faster than you are comfortable with.

(Sin will run away from you if you let it.)

8. Check to see if there are any fire-breathing, horse eating, pus drippin’, rabid Wal-Mart sacks in the vicinity.

(Fear opens the door to sin.)

9. Always quit on a positive terms–even if it’s sooner than you’d like.

(Find a positive limit for yourself, not what others expect.)

10. Get back on!

(Do I really need to explain that?)

Go ahead…put your own in a comment below. What did I leave out?

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  • Don Coyote

    If your horse is still green ta the bit, rub a little black-strap molasses on it before ya bridle him up.

    Psalm 32:8-9 (New King James Version)

    8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will guide you with My eye.
    9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
    Which have no understanding,
    Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
    Else they will not come to you.

    • Kevin

      Y’all are makin’ my list look silly!! Great job.

  • Practice/Train
    “Teach a youth in the way he should go” (prov 22:6)
    “don’t stir up your anger against your children but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (eph 6:4)

    • Kevin

      That’s my cowboy from another part of the country talkin’ real good right there!! lol

  • I have serious trouble with numbers 1 and 5. I am slack about warming up, and I never stop when I’m tired and should be letting go. A great list, Kevin. And as for #7- well, let’s just say I’ve ridden that horse, and it’s faster than a locomotive! Be blessed, my friend.

    • Kevin

      I’m hearin’ ya Carl. I have those same problems.

  • Joshua

    Great list to go by. #2 and #5 are my new focus points. Did a great job like usual. Enjoying your book. God bless you in everything you do.

    • Kevin

      Thanks for your support. You’ve been a real encourager for me lately. You are my Onesimus!!

  • Carla Helms

    Don’t worry about what’s behind you. Keep movin’ forward.

    “Their sins and the evil things they do—
    I will not remember anymore.”
    Hebrews 10:17

    • Kevin

      Oh yeah!!! I like that one.

  • Heading to the barn, no matter how long and hard the ride, the pace picks up.

    (Life in the end seems short, hard, but finishing well gets a good reception at Heaven’s barn.)

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