The Arabian: “The China Doll of the Horse Kingdom”
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“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
(1 Corinthians 4:2)
There’s not a horse lover anywhere who doesn’t drool when gazing at one of the most perfect creatures in the Animal Kingdom. Sometimes called “The China Doll of the Horse Kingdom,” the Arabian is known as an absolutely stunning horse because of his delicate features.
Researchers have long believed this breed is the oldest and purest. It’s not known for sure if it originated in Arabia, but evidence found in archaeological digs dates the Arabian back 4,500 years. Bible scholars believe the first horse God created in the Garden of Eden must have had the traits of strength and beauty seen in the Arabian today. It’s also a rarely debated fact that all other horse breeds descended from this gorgeous breed that also has stamina, courage, and intelligence.
A purebred Arabian is small in stature, only 14 or 15 hands. But don’t let his size fool you. He has strong endurance to tough circumstances and is extremely loyal to his rider. Other features that catch the eye of horse lovers include a delicate “dish” face with a broad forehead and tiny muzzle, two alert ears that point in, and large eyes that often have rings of black. He also has a graceful, arched neck and a high carriage in his tail. The breed can come in practically any color, including dappled and some paint, but you can know for sure if the horse is of Arabian blood if you run your finger against the grain of his coat and see an underlying bed of black skin. If that’s the case, then even an Arabian who might appear to be white is called a “gray.”
If you think you’d like to own an Arabian, it’s recommended that you have riding experience. Arabians, as gorgeous and loyal as they are, have a reputation of being high-spirited even after they’re well-trained and ridden for years. Your Arabian might take you on a ride you’ll never forget!
Many horse lovers think the combination of loyalty and high-spiritedness is a tremendous asset in any breed of horse. But are they two traits a Christian young person also should have in his or her life?
How about you? Do you consider yourself loyal to anything? To anyone?
Another word for loyal is “faithful.” A faithful Christian wants to please God by attending church, reading his Bible, and praying. A faithful young person will also stand up for God at school or with friends. Do you stand up for God or are you ashamed you are a Christian?
Do you consider yourself high-spirited?
One definition of “high-spirited” is to be lively and full of fun. If you’re full of fun and pleasant when others are around, you’re the best kind of high-spirited person. Everyone loves someone who has joy in his or her heart and wants to do right, no matter the circumstances.
So, if you want to be like the classy Arabian, determine to be faithful to God. Work hard to develop an excitement deep in your soul to do right and make up your mind to smile while you’re doing it.
Dear God, please help me to be faithful and joyful in my church attendance, Bible reading, and prayer.
I want to please you in everything I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
SADDLE UP! (What would God have you do now?)
Are there any chores you must do that make it hard for you to be faithful when doing them? Do you do them with a joyful spirit?
Think about your chores and how you can improve.
Take your ride: (Do you know?)
The Arabian is classified as a hot-blooded breed, a category that includes delicate, spirited horses bred for speed.
Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?)
“And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation” (Psalm 35:9).
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