When/how were horses created?
Horses were created on Day 6 by God during the creation account. The Bible doesn't specifically state when creation started, however, it does give good evidence to believe it took place approximately 6,000 years ago. God literally spoke EVERYTHING, including horses, into existence. He is powerful!
And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds- livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1: 24-25
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
Why were horses created?
The short answer would be for the Glory of God. We see in Genesis 1, starting in verse 26, that man was to have dominion over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Man was created in the image of God to work and take care of all that God created, including animals. Almost always, when horses are mentioned in the Bible, they are used for war and belonged to kings. They were described as strong and mighty, ready for battle but without understanding and without fear. Thus, the need for training, understanding and discipline. Horses were also associated with wealth and God gave the warning that one should not acquire too many horses, giving victory to the self rather than God. The great strength of a horse serves as a reminder of the even greater strength of God.
Scripture About Equine
Did you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? Job 39: 19
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might cannot rescue. Psalm 33: 17
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. Proverbs 21: 31
A whip for a horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. Proverbs 26:3
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. Proverbs 147: 10-11
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like the horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Psalm 32: 8-9
One of my favorite stories from the Bible is found in Numbers 22 when Balaam's donkey talked! (Only by God's power, of course!) Grab your Bible and go check it out for yourself.
When you read the gospels, a donkey had the highest privilege of carrying Jesus to Jerusalem for his triumphant entry! Jesus chose a colt that had never been ridden before either.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I behave around horses and other farm animals?
A horses natural instinct is to flee from perceived danger. Sudden sounds and unexpected movements may spook them so it's important to stay calm and relaxed, especially as you approach a horse. Make your presence known to them by talking to them and approaching in a way that they can see you. Use a friendly tone- meaning try to keep your tone at a low range. Horses could respond negatively with loud pitch squeals and screams. Be confident when handling horses and be sure to pay attention to their body language and respond appropriately. Above all, be gentle. Never hit or smack a horse. Horses love to be loved on so gently pet, brush, comb and LOVE your horse.
What should I wear to my lesson?
Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required while riding. We provide protective riding helmets but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be made within 24 hours of scheduled lessons, otherwise a $10 cancellation fee will be applied to your account. We understand emergencies may arise and those will be worked on a case by case scenario.
Liability Waiver/Release of Information
Upon arrival at the first lesson, riders and observers are required to sign a liability waiver/release of information sheet. Waivers are good for 1 year from the date the waiver is signed. Please review the attached document for additional information.