Greg Miller

Tame Horse Teaches Unbroken Horse the Ropes

 © 2013

Wild Bronc and Tame Bronc lived on a ranch out in the deserts of the American Southwest.

Tame Bronc had lived on the ranch for several years. When he first arrived at the ranch, Tame Bronc was one of the wildest horses ever brought to the spread. Over the years, however, he had learned to respond to the subtle and not-so-subtle commands of his rider.

Wild Bronc had only resided on the ranch for a few weeks. She had determined within her heart, “I will not be broken. I will always do only what I want to do.”

Although Tame Bronc and Wild Bronc possessed differing viewpoints, and although their personalities clashed, they became the best of friends.  Wild Bronc encouraged Tame Bronc to disregard the rules and openly fight the authority of the ranch’s owner. “You’re much too strong a horse to allow yourself to be mistreated in such a way,” said Wild Bronc. “If you start bucking the ranch owner off once in awhile, he will soon see he can no longer boss you around like he does now.”

“You’ve got it all wrong,” said Tame Bronc. “Ranch owner has been doing his job for a lot of years. He knows what he is doing. I’ve heard the talk from horses coming here from other ranches. They say some of the other ranch owners treat their horses much worse than we are treated, especially during the breaking process.”

“So why do you think the owner of this ranch is so different?,” asked Wild Bronc.

“Well, I’ve heard him talking to some of his ranch hands about a book he calls the Bible,” said Tame Bronc. “He says the Bible tells all men and women how to treat each other.”

“And us horses, too, huh?,” asked Wild Bronc.

“I guess so,” said Tame Bronc.

“The Bible must be a very important book,” said Wild Bronc.

“Yes, and I’m glad that is the truth,” said Tame Bronc. “Because that means we are being treated well.”

“I have an idea,” said Wild Bronc. “The next time someone tries to ride me, I’m going to pretend I’m not wild anymore. I’m not going to try to throw my rider, then they will think I’m broken. The time after that, however, will be different. Once again, I’ll start jumping around real wild. It’ll blow their minds.”

“You shouldn’t do that,” said Tame Bronc. “It’s not nice to play tricks like that.”

“Maybe you’re right,” said Tame Bronc. “I think I’ll just give my next rider an great adventure, allow myself to be broken and start being a good horse like you.”

“Now you’re talking,” said Tame Bronc. “Now you’re talking.”

“Neigh!,” chuckled Wild Bronc. “Neigh!”

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Published on on 06/03/2013.


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