“One night I looked out and saw a man astride a red horse. He was in the shadows in a grove of birches. Behind him were more horses—a red, a chestnut, and a white.” Zechariah 1:8 (The Message Bible)
The horses in the scripture today were for riders who were patrolling the earth to keep it safe. Today, horses are used for more than transportation or recreation. Therapeutic riding programs, run by a certified or specially-trained riding instructor, teach people (ages 3 – ???) with a disability (physically or emotionally) how to ride and care for a horse. By interacting with a horse, the student becomes more confident, which can extend to how they relate to people. Because a horse is unpredictable by nature, the rider also learns to confront fears and adjust to situations beyond their control.
Who ever thought a horse (or one of God’s other creatures) could help develop self-esteem and self control in children and adults in which therapists, teachers, and parents have failed?
Among the items on my bucket list is to learn to ride a horse. Perhaps I’ll conquer my fear of high places!
Dear Lord, thank you for creating the animals that help us re-create ourselves. Amen.