Using horses to teach life lessons
“Horse Whisperer” Paul Daily will demonstrate his 10 steps to train an unbroken horse in two hours at 6;15 p.m. Friday at the Cowboy Church of Orange County, 673 Farm Road 1078.
A brown bag link dinner will be served starting around 5:30.
Admission donations are $5.
The event will take place early because the Cowboy Church recently moved to its new arena and does not have electricity yet, says event chairperson Pam Scales Crew.
“But it has been getting dark later these days so we’re in good shape as far as that goes,” she says. “[Daily] has been in Jasper and he’s been in some of the local areas, and a lot of people from the community have been to see him at different places and evidently he’s pretty amazing.”
According to Daily’s Web site, he gave his first demonstration in 1997 at his home in Jena, La.; presented to a Sunday school class taught by his wife Joanna.
Although Daily has worked with horses all his life, he has also spent time in the oil fields.
His first trip outside his home area was to Rapid City, S.D. He has since performed all over Texas and in South Dakota at the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation Fair. Daily sells a VHS videotape on his site showing him giving demonstrations at www.wildhorseministries.com.
“Everybody needs to bring lawn chairs,” Crew says. “His children – a son and daughter I believe – will post the colors of the flags, and Sandy West; who is a member of our church, is scheduled to sing a patriotic song. The horse [Daily] will be breaking is not one he will bring with him. Stuart Welch is providing the horse. Stuart is one of our lay pastors.”
For more information, call Cowboy Church Pastor Dale Lee at (409) 718-0269.
The Round Pen Of Life
According to Daily’s Web site, he follows the steps outlined in the “Round Pen of Life” when training a horse during a Wild Horse Ministries presentation.
As Daily works with the horse, he explains the Round Pen of Life to his audience – pointing out similarities between man’s relationship with God and a horse’s relationship with his trainer.
The 10 steps or similarities are:
No. 1: The calling.
The horse will begin training to become more useful in the future.
No. 2: The expectation.
The horse is not expected to be more than what he it is, an untrained horse.
No. 3: Trust.
In order to train the horse it is necessary for the horse to trust Paul. God created horses to flee from danger, so Daily must be careful not to threaten or harm the horse.
No. 4: Desire to please.
Daily wants the horse to work because the horse wants to, not because it’s being forced to.
No. 5: Demands full attention.
Paul will ask for the horse’s full attention so that they will be able to work together.
No. 6: Seeks understanding.
Daily wants the horse to understand what he is asking of him. He tries to present his wishes in a way that the horse will understand.
No. 7: Learn to accept the truth.
Daily wants the horse to know that he is his friend and will help him. Paul will work closely with the horse as he learns this. We must learn that we cannot make it in this world without God’s help. And if we are willing, God will teach us his ways.
No. 8: Trials and troubles.
During the training the horse is exposed to all kinds of new things like ropes, blankets and saddles, to help him learn to cope and work things out.
No. 9: Accept, not rebel.
Paul takes the horse through this step by making the right thing easy and the wrong things difficult.
No. 10: Full release.
Finally, the horse accepts everything. Paul has him bridled and saddled and is riding him.