Horse Dealin’

by Kevin on November 23, 2010

There was a ranch owner that had many ranches. He was going away for the summer to a ranch in a different country. This rancher was known for the quality horses that he raised. Before he left, he gave three cowboys some horses to work with while he was gone.

He gave all three cowboys full authority to do whatever the cowboy thought best in regards to the owner’s best interest. He gave the first cowboy 5 comin’ two year old colts. He gave the second cowboy 2 horses of the same quality and age. To a third cowboy, he gave one horse.

Wanting to make the owner happy with him, the first cowboy immediately started breaking all five horses. He spent most of his free time away from other ranch duties working with his young horses. In no time at all, he was riding all of them. He worked very hard and treated them with care. The training produced nearly immediate results. After about six weeks of hard work, he went to a neighboring ranch that was also known for quality horses and traded all of the green-broke horses for more colts. This was done on a two-for-one cowboy rule. For every trained horse, he received two colts that had never been ridden.

The second cowboy also tried very hard to be responsible with the task he had been given. He also immediately started both of his colts and worked just as hard as the first cowboy. At the end of two months, his horses were comin’ along nicely. He had a friend of his that was lookin’ for a couple of young, well-trained horses. The second cowboy traded his two green-broke horses for two well papered mares that could be ridden. Both mares had new foals on the ground.

The third cowboy was very worried about the single horse that he had been given. He wanted to break the horse for the owner so that when his boss returned, he could give him a nice new horse to ride on the gatherins’. Every time he thought about starting the colt, he thought about everything that could go wrong. Accidents happen when breaking a horse. The horse might go crazy during the halter breaking and fall over and break it’s neck. It might try to buck the saddle off and bow a tendon. These thoughts overwhelmed the third cowboy to the point that he just put the horse in a stall and kept it safe. He didn’t want anything bad to happen where he might look bad in front of the boss.

When the ranch owner returned, all three cowboys were waiting for him. The owner asked about all of his horses.

The first cowboy asked him to come to the pens. They went out there and the cowboy told the owner how he had broke all five horses and then traded all five for ten more. He had been working on breaking all ten ever since then. The owner was very excited and shook the cowboy’s hand and told him that he would be put in charge of more than just horses for the fine job he had done.

The second cowboy showed the owner the two mares with foals that he had traded for. Once again the boss was very pleased with his new additions. The boss told him, “You started with two and now I have four. That’s a job well done. You have used what I gave you very well.”

The owner then looked to the third cowboy who was standing by one horse stall. The boss went over there, excited about what might be in there. When the cowboy opened the stall door, there stood the same colt he had started with. The owner tried to approach the colt, but it had not even been halter broke. The horse turned and tried to kick the owner. The old cowboy saw it comin’ and stepped out of the line of fire and shut the stall door.

The third cowboy stated how he was scared something would happen to the colt so he had kept it safe until the owner returned. The owner said, “You are a flat out, lazy man that is full of excuses! You could have at least broke this horse so that I could ride it on the gatherins’. You didn’t do anything at all with what I gave you. Take your horse and give it to the first cowboy as a gift for his hard work.”

Matthew 25:29-30

29 ‘To those who use well the horses they are given, even more will be given, and they will have more than they need. But from those who are lazy and do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless cowboy off the ranch, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (SCV-Simple Cowboy Version)

We have all been given horses from God. Figure out today what you are doing with them.

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  • I love the SCV! This particular verse makes me think of Luke 19:30-31
    30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
    31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”

    It isn’t just that we are meant to use what we have, but the LORD has need for us to use it. Awesome post man!

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