“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’m so proud of Sugar. Yesterday, she stood patiently for over an hour and a half while Colton, Hunter, and Autumn learned how to safely saddle, unsaddle, mount, and dismount. Proof of Sugar’s patience: she was neither tied nor held during the lesson, and she only interrupted the proceedings a few times to itch the occasional insect bite.
My job is easy because my pupils are ranch kids who know how to be gentle with animals and aren’t afraid of hard work. Their efforts were rewarded with a ride on Sugar, and then she was compensated with a brush-down, oats, and more fly repellent. By the time the lesson was over, four humans smelled just like one horse, but all of us were pleased.
Bodie would have me mention that he was patiently waiting in the vehicle the entire time. Bodie’s steadfast, uncomplaining endurance may have had something to do with the fact that he was afraid of the ranch’s huge, unfriendly Great Pyrenees, Casper!
“…Strengthened with all might according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness…” –COLOSSIANS 1:11 (KJ21)