What to do when your patience is at an end.

by Kevin on October 11, 2010

Every horse has something that it does well and something that it doesn’t do so good. There was a horse on the Rocker B Ranch that severely tested my limits every time I went to saddle him, but he taught me a valuable lesson about people and forgiveness.

I walked out to bridle the big bay horse that was standing in the pen. He had already been fed and it was his turn to be ridden on the cattle gatherin’ that day. I knew that I was in for a fight, it happened every single time. I just hoped that today, one of us didn’t get hurt.

I unbuckled the bridle as I slowly approached him. He eyed me with a look of “Are you ready for a fight cowboy?”

He stood still as I reached up to place the bridle around his neck. He was holding his head up as high as he could. I knew that from here on out, the fight would be on.

I held the bit in my left hand and ran my thumb in the corner of his mouth so that he would unclench his teeth and take the bit. I no more than got my thumb in his mouth when he pointed his nose straight up in the air. Ed “Too Tall” Jones couldn’t have got the bit way up there.

I tried to pull his head down with the bridle that was draped around his neck. He let his head come down just a little so that when he threw his head back up, I went with him. With about 18″ of air between me and the ground, he then spiked me like a volleyball up against the side of the pen. I could have sworn I heard a whistle signaling the point had gone to the big bay’s team, but it was just the ringing my head made as it bounced off of a pipe.

In a move that would have made a Jedi ninja proud, I sprang right back at him. By the whites now showing in his eyes, he must have thought that he was dueling with a rabid spider monkey wearin’ a cowboy hat.

With Cowboy Kung-Fu precision, I landed that bit right in his mouth that was opening wide so that he could get a taste of a spider monkey. With my left hand, I held that bit in his mouth as I tried to bring the bridle over his head so that I could buckle it.

I told myself over and over and over, “Do not touch his ears. Do not touch his ears.” Then I touched his ear and he threw me like a frisbee right into the side of the water trough. Sorry horse, you only get points for putting me in the trough.

The bit had stayed in his mouth during my flight and I levitated back at him in a move that was later copied in the action movie “The Matrix”. I got a hold of the bridle and got it buckled. That’s not an easy thing to do when you are lifted off the ground and spun horizontally in a horse pen.

Once the horse was bridled, he became as docile as a lamb–and I felt like I had wrestled with a lion.

Dealing with certain people usually plays out something real similar to this on a daily basis. They don’t act like we think they should and the fight commences. We have often wondered how we are supposed to deal with knot-heads and still remain good examples of Christianity.

The answer to this is found in Colossians chapter 3.

Colossians 3:13

Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you.

Put up with each other. It doesn’t say that everyone is going to act just like we want them to. There is no guarantee that things are going to go smoothly. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with horses or people, there is gonna be problems at some point.

If someone, whether it is horse or cowboy, doesn’t act the way you want them to–so what! God never said that they were going to, but he does say to put up with them and forgive them if they do something that offends you.

Trust me, you have done things that God didn’t approve of and He has forgiven you. Think about all the things he puts up with having you as one of his children.

I don’t think it’s too much for Him to ask us to put up with each other and love them like he loves us.

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  • Don Coyote

    Here’s the way the Amplified Bible puts it:

    Colossians 3:13

    13Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].

    Either way, its about something that don’t come natural to most human beans. I could tell you about some grudges I use ta hold against even some of my best friends.

    But then, God tends to shine a whole new light on things, don’t He?

    • Don Coyote

      I forgot to mention, that’s a pretty funny story, I’da liked to been there to see it up close and personal ;o)

      • Kevin

        LOL. I wish it would have been you tryin’ to bridle that horse and me watchin’.

        • Don Coyote

          Well doncha just know I’da cowboy’d up and showed that lop-eared mule who’s in charge! Hahahahahahahahahahaha

          • Kevin

            There is so much more to that horse than I told in the story. He was the absolute best horse on the entire ranch except when you were tryin’ to bridle him and he wouldn’t turn left. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s the truth. He made me so mad one morning that I tried to get the 30-30 and shoot him, but Dad wouldn’t let me. I don’t think I really would have, but I sure wanted to.

            • Don Coyote

              Had horse like that once, ugliest critter you ever sat eyes on. He was a carbon copy of the description of the horse in the old song “Strawberry Roan” ‘cept he was a sorrel. Long story short I ended up trading him for about $450 dollars worth of alfalfa hay. The ol’ boy that got him sold him for $500 so everybody had a good laugh and made some money. Until we heard about what came of the little sorrel. Seems his final owner had a better eye for horses than the rest of us—he turned that little horse into a Champeen Team Penning horse and was studding him out for $2000 a head…Only thing I couldn’t figger out was WHO would pay that kinda money to breed to the ugly little sunuvagun…

  • Heather

    The one that is a challenge for me, fits right along with this one: ‘love your enemies and pray for them’. No wait, I can’t even remember that right: Matthew 5:44 ‘But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!’

    Hmm… Am I talking to Me or you? (defininately me!)

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