Anyone ever been thankful for a horse who had a braking safety feature installed? Reliable brakes- an accident averted. Or an equitation class won. I’ve been thankful for horses that know “whoa” before they steps on the reins, unseat a novice, or bump into another horse in the warm up ring. A nifty tool in training when a horse’s tension’s rising, and BEFORE he hits flight mode!

On another note, who doesn’t wish we’d put the brakes on our tongues from time to time! Stopping that thought at the barn door of my mouth before it’s “expressed” and hurts someone.

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. … in the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes great boasts“. Book of James, the Bible