Monday, January 28, 2013

Women and horses

They are all mares. Each is as different as you can possibly be and still be horses.

Tika, on the left, you can see is the cheeky one.  She likes who she likes, and lets you know it one way or the other.

Belle, her mama in the middle, is our son's horse. She is calm and stable, opinionated and reliable.

Lola, on the right, is working hard at being a house horse or a dog. Anything but a riding horse. She is stubborn and strong, gentle and able to be silly.

Could be a group shot of women though as well - but would we be so complimentary?

Tika - she has a big mouth, always talking talking talking.

Belle - her mother, can never make her shut up. She doesn't say anything.

Lola - she is too big, too bold, too much. Why can't she just tone it down?

What makes us so cruel to each other sisters?  What makes one woman feel the thorns while another smells the roses?

Some horses are tough, like our ranch horses. No cozy barns. No blankets. They also don't have stalls to confine them. They don't have arenas as their only place to move.  They have freedom to roam, to run, to play to be a bit wild.

Some horses are pampered. They live in a gilded barn. They have 'people for that' around them day and night.  They are not 'tough' like us but they are 'strong' in their own right. Many of them are athletes, therapy horses and performers with demanding lives.

Horses don't judge though.  You can take a show horse, a ranch horse and a pony. Once they know who is a dominant personality they are busy being horses - playing, grooming, snoozing.

People not so much. Women sometimes even less.

A horse who is scarred up, rough and not pretty can have an enormous heart and take you through any challenge.  A horse delicate and refined can be tough enough to cross a desert. We can't judge them by their appearance alone. Nor can we judge each other.

Ladies - sisters.  My pasture, your palace. My small family, your empty nest. My Mary, your Martha. In the end as different as we are, we are much the same! One is no better than the other for being different.  A homeless mother, a struggling gifted teen, a military Mama or a farming wife.

1 Corinthians 12:4
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.
There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Some horses are tough ranch horses, others talented athletes and there are as many others as there are people who love them.  Women are not so different, are we? Talented, unique, gifted by God with talents to build up, to bless, to encourage.

Sisters I challenge you to embrace the unique in ours sisters, and to encourage them to use the gifts that God has blessed them with.


My dear friend Nina Roesner, from Greater Impact which many of you know from doing or hearing about The Respect Dare, is sharing on women and horses as well. She has amazing insight and is a wonderful spirit filled daughter of God.  Stop over and see what she has to share today as well in our first linked posts...Women and Horses!


  1. Wow, fantastic analogy Shanyn! And I love your pictures and more - those beautiful girls.

    1. Thanks Dawn! So glad you enjoyed it. Great to see you here! Bless you girl.

  2. Oh, Shanyn...goosebumps. You're spending your words wisely...He is smiling. Thank you. ♥

    1. Bless you Hannah! So glad you stopped by girl. :-)