Horseman’s Prayer of Praise

As I reflect on my lifelong love – and commitment – to horses, I remember wondering at times: Will I be able to care for them? Feed them? Keep them?

Thus far I’ve raised four generations, and at times it’s been absolutely challenging. The economy. The weather. Moves. Marriage. Children. Divorce. Work. Health.

I wrote this poem with heart-felt angst after the economy dropped – going into winter’s snow and cold – December 2008. At that time I truly didn’t know how things would work out.

Thus its special meaning to me, because, indeed, God came through. : ~ )

Times got tough. We tightened our belts. Our family had to work long and hard. Yet our horses continued to be well-fed and cared for. And I consider that one of the Major Miracles of my life!

I believe God hears our cries – and also our praises. I believe we’re tasked with the job of praise! So Horsemen, keep the faith going into winter this year . . .

Lord God, hear our Horsemen’s Prayer:

Horseman’s Prayer of Praise

Bless my horse, Lord God above,

Bless his gentle soul.

Keep him fat, keep him sleek

Keep him warm from cold.

 

Help me, God, my horse to keep

In good times and in bad.

Fodder in his feeder deep

And what ‘ere he needs to have.

 

I praise You for creating him

For entrusting him to my care.

For when life presses hard on me

My horse is always there.


His ears prick forth when I arrive,

Nostrils nicker hello

Happy hooves trod my way

And follow where ere I go.

 

Willingly he bears my weight,

Without complaint he soars

Where ‘ere I wish, he doth me take

As one who doth adore.

 

For You have made him strong and fast,

Faithful, swift and true.

Bless his soul where ‘ere he goes

For he’s my constant blessing from You.

 

And when he’s gone into the earth

Receive his gentle soul

For he’s lived his life with love and grace –

And fulfilled his earthly goal.

 

 Amen

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Copyright 2008, 2013

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6 Comments

December 27, 2013 · 10:09 pm

6 responses to “Horseman’s Prayer of Praise

  1. This was very beautiful, great work on it, it spoke your heart well.

    • Thanks, Ted. I just got home to California from two-plus weeks of Hawaii work — got to ride Starboy with Laddie running free in the forest for three hours on Thursday! Then, last night, rode Laddie for an hour with yearling Hokuleia off-lead, zipping and tearing it up.

      They love the opportunity to really let their legs and spirits fly! Wow! Such a wonder that inter-species communication/interaction like that is even possible!!!

      The horses carry me into their realm, their freedom. I become part of a living painting, with changing light and shadows and shapes, back-dropped by forest trees, rocks and scrub — all kept in constant motion by the ever-beating metronome of hooves and lungs and heart . . .

      So much joy and exuberance there. It’s all a Great Miracle — and I’m blessed to be part of the formula!

  2. Dawn, this poem brought tears to my eyes. The Hawaii trip with the horses sounds like Paradise. There is nothing like riding a horse bareback at full speed, feeling the mutual freedom and joy.

  3. Beautifully said, and speaks to all horse-lovers. Thanks for sharing.

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