Out of alignment

Out of alignment

 A medley of horse performance issues stem from the same source – lack of straightness.

Anyone driving a truck a truck and trailer will tell you that in stopping or backing, you’d better have the rig straight! The same is true with horses.

When a horse has his head, neck, shoulders and hips aligned with his line of travel, he’s straight. So, curved path or straight, no body part should drift off the track. When his nose tips to the outside, his shoulder drops to the inside. If his hips fishtail toward the in gate, he’ll swap leads or break gait. Horses jump in poor form or even refuse due to a crooked approach to the fence. Flying changes hop and canter strides lose their flow.

When our lives get out of alignment, we lose sight of our priorities. We get sidetracked from our goals and sometimes our values. We might spend more money than we intended on tack and show clothes, when we know they won’t necessarily put us in the ribbons. Or we might spend our energy chasing those ribbons at the expense of family relationships. Committees, career, fashion and Facebook can worm their ways out of their place in line. We feel like life is happening to us instead of the fruit of thoughtful choices, stride by stride.

 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. Proverbs 4:11 The Bible