In recent years, our society seems to have redefined truth as something that changes or becomes obsolete, much like our electronic devices.
We go so far as to say we all have our own truths. I believe this has happened because we have forgotten what truth is, much like the response Pontius Pilate gave to Jesus: “What is truth?”
I believe we can define genuine truth as the laws that God has structured the world with. In other words, genuine truth is neither yours nor mine, but rather God’s truth. All of God’s truths are for all of us to use for free, and are the great equalizing factor for all of us, rich or poor. We humans seem to naturally create divisiveness or prejudice throughout history. We seem to feel our way, or our tradition or culture is better, and ignore God’s way in the process.
One example of God’s absolute laws is in carpentry. In carpentry there are three basic truths that our indeed God’s: Plumb, level and square. We get plumb from holding a rock dangling from a string. We get level with any liquid, and the combination of plumb and level gives us the right angle of a square.
An excellent carpenter knows these three laws extremely well and can be very creative with these three tools that are borrowed from God. Imagine a carpenter who felt these three laws were too restrictive, and confining for him or her. What if they decided to ignore these laws?
All of us (when we are sober) would never hire a carpenter who believed that way. We can all safely say that all excellent carpentry can be tested by God’s truths of plumb, level and square.
In horsemanship, as well as all other skills, I believe there are at least three of God’s truths that behave in the same way as in carpentry. We can test to know if it is God’s truth by comparing it to all times, all ways and all traditions to see if these truths are the great equalizer throughout history.
I believe the three truths of horsemanship concentrate on communication with the horse. These three truths are pressure, rhythmic pressure, and the combination there of. God has given us these three body languages because communication is so extremely important to develop a smooth unified flow between horse and rider. We see time after time in human endeavors how frustration, anger and fear have caused so much grief from lack of clear communication. Therefore, excellent horsemanship can be defined and measured through the ruler of how well these three basic body languages are applied.
We can use these laws to see through different styles, traditions and equipment that are used throughout horsemanship through time without prejudice to determine true excellence. The most exciting thing about this is it points to the creator God and his truths, and of course true religion always gives God the credit for it. The gospel message explains to us how naturally we stray either from truth or giving God credit for use of his truths. It compels us to sincerely ask the giver of life to help us with his laws so we can love God and his creation better.
In Oswald Chambers’ words, “Love for God and his creation is not something sentimental or emotional, for a person to love as God loves is the most practical thing imaginable.”
Ultimately, we humbly recognize that we need God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, to help us with this as well as save us into eternity.
Mike Daniels is a horsemanship trainer and barefoot trimming specialist from Raymondville, Mo.
Call him at 417-457-1015.