Today’s Horse Facts: The Abtenauer

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Abtenauer: Small But Mighty

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If you’re a horse lover and live in the country of Austria, then you probably know what an Abtenauer horse is. An Abtenauer is a small stocky horse many folks think is just a pony. That’s because the breed’s average height is only 14 to 15 hands. (A “hand” measures about four inches.) This cute lineage breed comes from a special place in Austria, an isolated valley called the Abtenauer, tucked away in the beautiful Alps Mountains not far from Salzburg.
Abtenauers, known as “draft horses,” are extremely strong for their size, but they have a sweet temperament and enjoy working with humans. Therefore, their labor mostly involves pulling wagons like buckboards loaded with people or harvested crops. Some Abtenauers also work in the forest, pulling huge tree trunks for loggers.
An interesting fact is the foals are born with curly hair and are black, blue roan, brown, or chestnut. But when the foals shed their first coat, the curls disappear, and they have straight hair from then on.
Because this little breed is confined to such a small part of the world, their number has become low, maybe as few as a hundred or so. Yet, in the Abtenauer Valley, they are quite popular and are celebrated for their stamina.
How can such a small horse have such strength to pull a wagon full of people or heavy bags of grain? If you ask me, that takes a lot of determination!
God has given the Abtenauer an elegant build with a well-shaped head and strong legs full of muscle, which allow this little horse to power up and trot with an easy flow. He truly is mighty, not only for his conformation but for his “I can do this” attitude!
Do you ever feel badly because you’re body is small or you feel “small” with the way you struggle with your studies? Maybe you’re the tiniest one in your family or in your circle of friends. Does that mean you can’t do the same things other kids do or get good grades? Do you ever say, “I can’t do that. I’m too little?” Do you ever think it?
God tells us in His Bible the size of a person doesn’t matter to Him. In fact, God has made you the way you are. Of course, if you’re short, you’re not going to be able to win at basketball or a high jump event, but God has other plans for you. Whether you’re short or thin, God loves you, and you can be mighty in whatever tasks He asks you to do.
Are you too short to help your mother dust the furniture or dry the dishes? Are you too short to get an A in that math test? Are you too short to tell someone “I love you?” I think the answer should be “I can do this!”
In Luke chapter 19, the Bible tells us of a man named Zacchaeus, who wanted to meet Jesus. Zacchaeus was so short, he couldn’t see over the crowd. But he didn’t whimper like a lost puppy and go home. Instead, he said, “I can do this!” He climbed the nearest tree, met Jesus, and became a mighty witness for God. Zacchaeus didn’t use his puny height as an excuse not to serve God.
How about you? Whether you’re small in stature or maybe you feel small inside, you can be mighty for God. Take a step of faith and see if God gives you strength you never knew you had to do the job He’s asked you to do. There’s no better time than right now to make up your mind to be a mighty warrior for God. Ask Him to help you to always have an “I can do it” attitude, and you’ll be amazed at all you’ll achieve for the Lord Jesus Christ.
You might be small, but you can still be mighty!

“For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

PRAYER: Dear God, Sometimes I feel so small and weak. I pray you will help me have an “I can do this” attitude for anything you ask me to do. I am willing. Please make me mighty with your power. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
SADDLE UP! (What would God have you do now?)
To learn more about our wonderful God, try to read your Bible every day. You could ask for a children’s Bible to help you understand it better.
Start reading in the book of John in the New Testament. Write a verse from the book of John that you really like.

Take your ride: (Do you know?) When the Abtenauers aren’t working, they’re grazing, sometimes with cows, in lush pastures embedded in the beautiful Abtenauer Valley.

Dismount and cool down your horse: (Do you know?) “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

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Foster kid Skye Nicholson hates everyone until she meets a blue ribbon show horse, Champ.

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Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: The American Albino

The American Albino: the first devotional from STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH, my latest book idea for horse-loving tweens. Take a lookie.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

A DEVOTIONAL FOR HORSE LOVING TWEENS

Volume One

The American Albino: White as Snow

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Have you ever seen a pure white horse? Ever touched one? Do you know there’s a difference between an Albino and a plain white horse?
The American Albino, also called the American White, is one of the most fascinating horse breeds. It’s known as a “color breed.” Of course, this gorgeous animal has a white coat, white tail, and white mane. However, it’s different from all other breeds because it has pink skin! If you look closely at any other breed, you’ll see the skin is dark. Besides pink skin and white hair, the Albino also has black, brown, or even blue eyes.
Since this horse is a color breed, it’s often identified with lineage breeds of horses like Arabians, Quarter Horses, Morgans, and Thoroughbreds. You’ve probably seen American Albinos and didn’t know it. They’re used in movies, fairs, and circuses. You might see a white horse in a parade on TV, but the commentator says it’s an Arabian. Old-time Westerns sometimes had the hero riding his white horse into the sunset. Silver, the Lone Ranger’s horse, was an American Albino. Just remember, whatever the linage breed, if the horse is white as snow, it could be an Albino too.
Do you know we can be like the American Albino and be as white as snow?
Maybe you’ve felt real dirty on the inside after you’ve done something wrong like talking back to your parents or telling a lie. Maybe you were nasty to a friend or you were lazy and didn’t want to do your schoolwork or chores. Don’t you just hate when you do those things, and you wish you could change?
I have super news. God’s Word tells us we can change and become as white as snow. Since we can’t be “good” all the time, God made a way for us to be clean on the inside, in our souls. He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to die so that anyone who believes in Him has all sin washed away. All we have to do is ask Jesus to forgive us and save us, and he will. Even after we become a Christian and do wrong and feel dirty inside, He’s ready to forgive again and again if we only ask.
If you’ve never asked Jesus to wash your sins away and make you white as an American Albino, there’s no better time than right now. We can’t get to Heaven by being good. No one is THAT good. It’s only because Christ’s perfect blood washes us white as snow that we can go to Heaven when we die. Make sure today. Ask Jesus to save you, and you’ll forever be glad you did. Whenever you see an Albino, you can think of the special day you asked Jesus to come into your life and make you as white as snow.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
(Isaiah 1:18)
PRAYER: Dear God, I’m sorry for all my sin, especially when I have a bad attitude. Today I ask Jesus to save me and make me ready for Heaven. I accept Him as my personal Savior. I know He can make me as white as snow on my inside. Show me how to become a better person, and how to choose the right things. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP! (What would God have you do now?)
If you’ve asked Jesus to save you, do you think you should tell anyone?
If you don’t go to church, do you think God would want you to go? Would anyone be glad to take you? Why don’t you ask them?  ______________________________________________

(SIDE BAR 1:)
Take your ride: (Do you know?) Although white horses are sometimes called “albino,” there are no reported cases of a true “albino” horse. The absence of pigment cells called melanocytes causes the white color. All so-called “albino” horses have pigmented eyes, generally brown or blue. In contrast, many albino mammals, such as mice or rabbits, typically have a white hair coat, unpigmented skin and reddish eyes. Despite this issue, some registries still refer to “albino” horses.
(SIDE BAR 2:)
Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

http://horsebreedslist.com/horse-breeds/119/american-albino

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_%28horse%29

Scofield Reference Bible; New York, Oxford University Press; 1945

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Today’s Horse Facts: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth, My Next Book

Take a look at my newest book idea, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH, a 60-Day Devotional for tweens.

Horse lovers, I’d like to share some exciting news. I’m working on a new horse book (as if 13 aren’t enough.) This one’s a little different from all the rest because it’s a devotional for tween kids. We’re looking at 60 different horse breeds and relating them to characteristics a Christian kid should have in his life to glorify God.  So let’s get started. Each week for a while we’ll feature a different breed of horse after this introductory blog:

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

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A 60-day Devotional for Tweens

Let’s Go Riding!

Horses and kids. Kids and horses.

What is it with kids and horses?

Many kids think horses are the most beautiful creatures God ever made, even better than puppies!

As a kid, I loved horses that way. I’ve always said I was born with a silver spur in my mouth and have horse blood in my veins. I can’t remember a time I didn’t love horses.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a horse or to be around them (like mucking stalls at a riding academy in exchange for riding lessons), then you know the thrill of climbing on a horse and jogging him around the training ring or trotting down a serene path in the woods. If you’ve done so, I’m sure you’ve treated your mount with kindness, never kicking him in the ribs too hard or slapping him in the face with your reins. In return, he’s given you a wonderful ride you can talk about for hours with anyone who’ll listen without yawning a lot.

When I was growing up, I lived in a small town and couldn’t have a horse, but I dreamed about owning one someday. I read any horse book I could get my hands on, books like Marguerite Henry’s Album of Horses, The Black Stallion and My Friend Flicka. I collected horse calendars, plastic horse models, and all kinds of “horse stuff.” I colored horse pictures and watched TV Westerns along with any movie with horses in it. One Christmas, my parents gave me a “real” leather jacket with fringes all over it. I was in pretend horse heaven!

I finally had the chance to actually ride a horse … well, a pony.  When I turned about ten, my mother took me on Sunday afternoons to a riding stable where I rode Sugar, a Shetland Pony,  in a corral for a half hour at a time. Can you imagine the thrill I had every time I climbed in the saddle? I loved horses so much, I’d rub my hands real hard on Sugar when I had to get off. That way I took home with me that wonderful sweet odor of “horse.” It lasted a few hours (or until my mother made me wash my hands to eat supper.)

As I became an adult, I prayed I’d be able to have a horse of my own. I’m so happy to say that God answered my prayer. Once when I had my own home and a job to afford a horse or two, I had horses for a long time. I have years of wonderful “horse time” memories I’ll cherish forever.MyFifthHorse

Do you know there’s someone else very important in your life who loves horses as much or more than we do?

God loves horses. Do you know there are about 150 verses in the Bible that include the word “horse”? Do you think if God mentioned equines so many times in his Holy Word that he’s also very fond of one of the most beautiful creatures he ever made? But there’s something, or someone, God is much fonder of than horses.

You.

God wants you to know He loves you more than anything in this world. He also wants you to know about Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to this earth over 2000 years ago and gave His life so you could live in Heaven some day.

The best way to learn about God and Jesus is to read the Bible. We call that special quiet time with your Bible “having devotions.” If you are a Christian, then you probably already have devotions every day, and that will help you become a strong Christian with a determination to do right.

So saddle up and get ready to hit the trail. Next time, we’ll look at our first horse, the American Albino, and see what’s so special about that breed.

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read my Keystone Stables books yet? How about starting with A HORSE TO LOVE, book one in my best-selling Keystone Stables Series:

Foster kid Skye Nicholson hates everyone and everything until she meets a beautiful show horse, Champ, at a foster home and special needs riding academy

keystone-stables-book-1Available at any bookstore on online at Amazon, Zondervan, or Barnes and Noble

Today’s Horse Facts: Lady, My Third Horse

My second horse, Lady, wasn’t a lady at all. Find out why.

Today’s Horse Facts

Lady: My Second or Third Horse?????

Lady, My Second Horse

You probably won’t understand what I’m about to say if you are young, but when you get “older,” your memory can start to fail you. Duh! Everyone knows that. Anyway, the horse that I thought was my third horse turned out to be my second horse.

Like a dummy, I never marked the dates or the horses’ names on the back of the zillions of pictures I took of all my horses. So I’ve been plowing through all my albums, trying to sort out which horse was who and when I owned each. But I know that the horse in this picture is Lady, who was my second horse.

How do I know? Well, the picture shows a friend riding Lady, a bay grade mare.

Lady with Moon Doggie in 1971

Next to them is my husband Richard riding Moon Doggie, my first horse. So, that proved to me that Lady was my second horse. And Ginger, whom I thought was my second horse, was really my third horse. Now, are you totally confused? And, by the way, does it really matter?
Now, here’s a little bit of info about Lady, who by the way wasn’t a lady in any shape or form. She was an older horse, and you can tell by looking at her ribs sticking out in the one photo (even though I fed her tons of food). By buying an older horse, I thought I was getting a gentle down-to-earth easy rider. Well, Lady was that—kind of. As long as we rode her AWAY from the barn, she was a piece of cake.

However, as soon as we turned her around to head for the barn, look out! We needed a tight rein on her, and we never could run her going home. That little gem of info we found out the hard way.

One Saturday, hubby and I went for a short ride, maybe for an hour. I rode Moon Doggie, and hubby was on Lady. On the way home, we started to lope across a farmer’s field. We were probably a quarter of a mile from our barn.

All of a sudden, Lady took off full speed ahead and hubby couldn’t stop her. All I could see was a brown blur and him yelling, “Whoa, whoa” and yanking on the reins as hard as he could.

Do you know what we found out?

Lady had a hard mouth. You don’t want a horse with a hard mouth.

What’s a hard mouth? All the nerves in her mouth had been so damaged from bits over the years, her mouth had become totally numb to any pressure or pain. When she decided to run, she was unstoppable. What she should have had on her was a hackamore. Of course, I was still learning about horses, so I didn’t know that.

Unfortunately, Lady was so old, I think I finally sold her to the meat market, sad to say. But I’m not really sure of that. All I remember is that she was very old, and she was no fun to ride back to the barn. But, I will hand this to her. She taught me an awful lot about older, hard-mouthed horses. The next time I went horse buying, I made sure the horse behaved going away and back to the barn.

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

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Today’s Horse Facts: Rex – My Favorite Horse of All Time

My favorite horse, Rex (part Quarter Horse, part Tennessee Walker), was a perfect gentlemen.

Rex, My Favorite Horse of All Time

My Seventh and Tenth Horse

 

Rex, My Dream Horse

I guess every horse facts lover who has owned a horse has had a favorite horse. It’s that special horse with whom you bond or have bonded. The one horse that, even after he’s gone for a long time, you still miss him.

 

Rex and Me a Long Time Ago

So it is with me. My favorite horse was Rex, who was my seventh horse and later became my tenth horse. Yes, I had owned him twice. I had to sell him when we sold our home in the early 70s to move closer to the Christian school where my hubby and I worked. A few years later after we got settled and were able to have horses again, Rex was given back to me, and he died of old age in my pasture when he was about 25 years old. That was over 20 years ago, and I still get tears in my eyes when I think about him. He was quite the horse.

I’m not going to say much more about him; rather, I’ll let you see a few pictures of him. He was part Quarter Horse and part Tennessee Walker and had the smooth stride of a Walker. He was the perfect gentleman with children.

 

Gentle Rex with Kids

Children could even ride him bareback. He never bit; he never kicked. He would lift one foot at a time when I would nudge his leg to allow me to clean his hooves.

One of my fondest memories is when I’d put sugar in my pockets. Rex would nudge me with his velvety nose right where I had hidden the sugar cubes until I gave them to him.

Although Rex had been shown by his previous owners, I never got into showing him or any of my other horses. Although he was always “show ready” with his stance and demeanor, Rex was just my buddy, my trail pal, my best equine friend.

 

Rex Squaring Up

I like to think Rex is waiting for me in heaven. If ever a horse deserved that right of passage into eternity, it was my little blood bay Rex.

Rex, I love you and still miss you.

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

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