Finally Catching Pretta

by on March 6, 2012
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We kept trying.
Trying to catch Pretta, that is.
Remember last week? We left Pretta in the next door pasture. She had jumped the fence and was being very difficult to catch. We had tried luring her with sweet feed, but the other horses got in the way. The stud and lead mare wouldn’t let Pretta or the younger horses near us and the feed.
Then a neighbor came by and offered to help us try again to catch our pesky mare that still acted shy and trotted away as we approached her. Gary, our neighbor, and I climbed the barb wire fence carefully and began our walk to find the bunch of horses. We passed butter-yellow jonquils the sun made almost translucent, we hiked up the dusty bank of the blue-green pond that rippled in the wind, and as we made our way over a little green hill we saw them.
A big-muscled sorrel mare, a slim pinto stud, a black mare with a white stripe running down her face like dripping cream, and four more various colored horses were gathered around the round bale of hay.
We kept walking slowly toward them at an angle, our bodies relaxed, our hands loose at our sides trying to covey that we meant no threat.
Horse heads turned towards us. Deep, dark horse eyes took us in. They kept chewing hay.
We got closer. The stud shuffled his feet and started walking away as the red mare tentatively took a few steps toward us. The black mare let me touch her. I rubbed her long face, and stroked her strong shoulder, hot from the Spring sunshine.
As we moved closer to Pretta, the stud horse joined her, they dodged us, and slipped by us to gallop up the hill their tails streaming out behind them.
We were quiet and still. Slowly the two came back to the rest of the horses. As we tried again, I heard another neighbor call, “Hey, you need help over there?”
“We sure do!” I replied my voice carrying over the pasture, across his green pasture, to him and his wife who were outside their house.
They soon pulled up in their truck, and he got out to help us. Now we were four in the pasture of seven horses. As we moved slowly to work the horses toward a corner so we could catch Pretta, we were making some progress.
Suddenly Pretta wheeled, and turned, and ran by me with a flurry of hooves kicking up clods of grass and dirt.
“I need some feed,” our friend said, and his wife returned to their house and came back with a blue plastic bucket filled with fragrant sweet feed.
The three of us tried to get the interest of the other horses, and as we kept them away, our friend walked toward Bella.
He had the feed bucket in one hand, and as Pretta came near, stretching her long black neck out to sniff the feed, he calmly reached up and took her red halter in his hand.
We called him our horse whisperer as he held Pretta and Gary attached the lead rope to her halter. She took a few mouthfuls of feed and contentedly followed Gary as he led her out of the gate, down the side of the highway, and to the county road leading to our little farm.
Pretta didn’t shy, didn’t rear, didn’t pull back, or try to get away. She followed as calmly and as well mannered as she possibly could. Once, she turned to look back, but kept going forward.
After we had her in our pasture, Gary and I took Pretta to the water trough, showed her the hay, and fed her and Bella a small sweet feed meal.
What one person had a hard time doing, the four of us managed.
Pretta was hungry enough to risk coming close.
The time was right.
The Bible tells us about the strength of having more than one person stand with us.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”( Psalms 17:17) This Psalm reaffirms that there are times when we need someone to stand with us against problems or troubles.
There can be strength in numbers. Do you have two friends you can count on to be there for you, to stand with you, to hold you accountable, and help you live a spiritually acceptable life before God?
A true friend is very difficult to find; perhaps you have many acquaintances, but no one who is a constant in your life.
Don’t worry. Although friends make life sweeter when we are blessed with them, no human can be perfect or meet all our needs. There are some burdens, even friends can’t help us with.
That’s why when we invite Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Lord, He will come as God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to be our constant companion and source of strength. Philippians 4:13 assures us:” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Are you hungry enough to come to Christ?
He won’t lead you wrong.


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