Problem Solved!

26 Jan
Tom working hard to carry the American Flag at the Opening Ceremony at Cowtown Rodeo

Tom working hard to carry the American Flag at the Opening Ceremony at Cowtown Rodeo

Tom has one dream. The dream? To ride a horse while carrying the American Flag during the Opening Ceremony at the Cowtown Rodeo.

To most people this would not mean too much, but to him, it is everything. It represents climbing out of a valley so deep and wide that most would be engulfed in depression and debilitating self pity. On a beautiful day, his freedom was taken from him by a drunk driver. He was pronounced dead at the scene, but Tom is not any ol’ man. He is one built on a foundation of determination, stubborn rebellion against the norm, and a love of all things fast.

In the hospital, he was told that he would never walk. He defied the doctors and walked. He was told he would never ride a bike, he bikes to the beach (a 100 mile trek). He was told that riding a horse may build his balance and strength. He came to my farm to ride. His dream is to gallop with abandon to the thundering applause during the National Anthem at the Cowtown Rodeo. He rides Pumpkin, who has one speed, super slow. He takes care of Tom, adjusting his body to meet the off balance movements that Tom sometimes involuntarily makes. We now trot. Only two “gears” away from a gallop. We are on our way. I start thinking that this could be a possibility.

I throw caution to the wind and call Cowtown Rodeo. I get the office and the daughter of the owner. She tells me that her father would have to approve it. She would discuss it with him. I hear nothing.

I am not daunted. I am fighting for Tom. As God would have it, the day I go to Cowtown, I park right next to the owner who happens to be getting out of his truck at the same time that I am getting out of mine. Boldly, I step up and introduce myself. He tips his Cowboy hat at me and says that he knows who I am. I tell him the story about Tom. Tears well in my eyes involuntarily. I apologize for my tears, I am so emotional, so hopeful that he will give this man an opportunity that will help him accomplish a dream, to defy what everyone said that he could not do.

He nods his head, “Yes, I think it will be ok if Tom opens the Rodeo.”

I grab his hand, then put my arms around his broad shoulders and tell him that this is a true gift and I am truly appreciative. He tells me that his office will be in touch.

Three months later, I get a call from a woman that says she wants to meet me. She has heard about my farm and the work that is done here. She runs the Cowboy Church. I am excited. During our conversation, I share that we will be doing the opening ceremony at Cowtown with Tom holding the American Flag. She tells me that she is the one that organizes the opening ceremony. Is that God again, giving us exactly what we need. The contact is there and she assures me that she will take care of us.

Pumpkin is a Quarter Horse with the kindest, sweetest nature of any horse I have ever known. He loves being scratched on his belly and loves being groomed by the girls. Unfortunately, he has a somewhat checkered past with hints of abuse. His face is malformed from a halter being too tight. He hates applause of any kind. He is also scared to death of loud noises. I have a big problem. How am I going to get this horse used to the Rodeo and safe enough to carry Tom?

Problem solved by God. I get a call from the woman that organizes the opening ceremony. She would like to give me her horse to use in the ceremony because he is an old hand at it and will take care of Tom.

I got off the phone, bowed my head as tears streamed down my face. God, You are so GREAT!! You care about the smallest things that are sometimes big.

Are you facing a challenge that you are not sure you can handle? Give it ALL to God. He loves you. Hand it over and watch God at work.

Need prayer? Need encouragement? Please respond. I PROMISE I will pray that God will show up and give you a solution that you know is right from Him. Then you can be assured that the problem is solved.

11 Responses to “Problem Solved!”

  1. billgncs January 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM #

    What a great story.

    • anythingforhorseandrider January 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM #

      Thanks, you are always so kind to comment on my feeble attempts to let people know that God loves them. Thanks for the encouragement!

      • billgncs January 29, 2013 at 1:05 AM #

        your stories are inspiring, and I am always up for reading a horse story, and hearing about them and their personalities.

        Your story reminded me of how once my daughter got to ride the White horse carrying the flag on a 4th of July festival at the horse barn where she worked. He was feisty, and with a hard mouth, and I don’t think any of the other girls wanted anything to do with him. So they rode brown horses around doing the show and at the very end, my daughter, the white horse, white cowgirl outfit, and the flag were to gallop in, ride around the arena and then stop just ahead of the rest.

        While the show is on, he is outside crow hopping, nothing dangerous, but just being a pistol. The other girls end up in line, the music stops, and they open the door, and this horse shoots in like a cannon ball. The couple hundred spectators all oohhh and awww, as they shoot around the arena my fifteen year old daughter smiling unconcernedly.

        About three fourths of the way around she nonchalantly tries to put on the brakes, hard… she gets him turned and he slides to a glorious stop right where he is supposed to be, standing proud, probably thinking…. Gee, I sure am a good horse. This was just right.

        I was laughing, I thought it would have taken her ten trips around the arena to get him stopped.

      • anythingforhorseandrider February 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

        Thanks for your hilarious story! Just like a horse! I do hope that is not the case for Tommy! You know I will keep you posted. Thanks as always for your very kind words.

      • billgncs February 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM #

        I have lots of horse stories, like the time my daughter and I got lost so I gave my horse her head so she could get us back, and she wanted to jump a ravine….. we had to steer a little after that!

      • anythingforhorseandrider February 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM #


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  2. amylk103 January 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM #

    God is certainly looking out for you and your extended family! makes me happy to be a part of that family! 🙂

    • anythingforhorseandrider January 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM #

      Hallelujah! He certainly does look out for us. I just could not get over how He took care of everything. That’s how I live life, just knowing that He will take care of all of my needs. Keep the FAITH!!

  3. firnhyde February 1, 2013 at 3:07 AM #

    A tear-jerking post, this one. Go for it with all your heart, Tom!

    • anythingforhorseandrider February 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM #

      I will certainly tell Tom to go for it. He already has. What an inspiration he is to teach and work with.

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