The Horse Whisperer: Answered Prayers
Here is book two of The Horse Whisperer series and I would recommend that you read the first book which is simply titled "Runaway" - if you haven't already done so. I also want to make this book a little more exclusive (I guess I can say) by adding "Author's notes" and some info on how the series began etc.
And I absolutely can't leave this out.
A MASSIVE thank you to all of the readers who encouraged me and all the rest throughout my last book. I would greatly appreciate that you do the same even though you may not have been one of these encouraging commenters.
"Up next, we have Banjo Paterson owned and ridden by Jessica Hamilton!" Boomed the announcer's voice.
We entered the ring at a canter, circling the ring once. I turned Banjo to the first jump. We soared over it effortlessly and doing the same thing for the following four jumps. My horse hesitated on the doubles but I urged him on. He had never liked the double.
We cantered in complete harmony as we approached the big double bar and prepared to jump.
That was not going to happen, I snapped out of my exciting daydream and focused on what Amber, my little sister was trying to say to me.
"Have you been daydreaming again?" She yelled from the fence line. She can yell and scream so loud that if she wanted to talk someone within a 10KM radius of her she wouldn't need a telephone.
You can tell I'm the exaggerating type, can't you?
"Sorry, my apologies." I glanced down at my little sister as I rode past her at a collected walk. "So, where were we?" I wanted to get a move on with the filming for a movie that we were working on for our latest project.
Banjo was a white standard bred who I had rescued about 2 months ago. He now was being starred in our movie. We hadn't come up with a title for the film but we had decided that we would base it on our lives (with some bits made up), God and horses.
"Right, now I got your attention." She smiled.
Good, she had forgiven me already.
"Ride Banjo over those jumps and remember the stunt? You got it, right?" She pointed to an oxer and a double which were placed at the far end of the arena.
"Right." My mouth confirmed but not my brain. My mind was whizzing. Neither my horse or I had enjoyed this part of the stunt at all.
Despite my uneasiness, I silently prayed, "Lord, we are working on this film and aim to produce it to show your love, mercy, loyalty and so much more. This stunt can only turn out for your glory."
*Little did I know...*
I squeezed Banjo's sides and he broke into his bouncy canter but I had mastered to sit to it.
After shifting my weight into my three-point position I straightened my horse up for the first jump. Unexpectedly, a feather of smoke caught my eye which I could see was rising up right in the barn window.
'Turn! Turn away from the jump!' My mind frantically yelled. 'The barn's on fire!'
To late, Banjo gathered his powerful muscles to achieve take-off. My body automatically followed the movement but my mind was in a different world. We successfully made touchdown.
The standard bred was completely aware that there was trouble but knew that it was his duty to fulfill what we had been practicing for weeks on end. I could feel it in the way he moved. We were that close in our bond. My horse galloped to the next jump as I gave him the cue. Our movements were harmonious as we once again achieved take-off. I could feel Banjo waiting for the cue to perform our stunt.
'Sorry boy, we have now got a new mission.' I apologized silently.
He landed the jump like the last, and as soon as he did I yelled to Amber and stretched out my arm to point at the barn. "Sis, the barn's on fire!"
I kicked Banjo harder than I meant to and we galloped across the arena. I was going to dare to do something that I would only do in emergencies. I would jump the arena fence on my dashing white standard bred.
I could feel my horse's gallop falter as we neared the high fence. But I squeezed his sides and urged him on, showing that I wanted him to jump.I knew that he was such a loyal horse and with a faithful spark in his eye he would do anything for me until the last beat of his heart.
All my horses that had gained my trust would do the same for me. Every time I thought of that it made me cry.
Unexpectedly, tears welled up in my eyes because of my loyal horses. The salty tears soon were flowing down my face in streams.
Before I knew it, Banjo the Faithful gathered his powerful muscles to execute a perfect take-off. We soared over the high arena fence in harmony.
And we accomplished the first part of our mission, I pulled Banjo to a screeching halt about five meters away from the fence.
Amber ran up as I hurriedly dismounted, "That will be an AWESOME part in the movie!"
"FORGET ABOUT THE MOVIE! I NEED TO GET THE HORSES OUT OF THE BARN!" I screamed as I ran 100 kilometres and hour to the barn.
Smoke was now clouding out on the top of the roof and drifting in the direction of the forest. Amber caught up with me as I hauled the barn doors open.
I tossed my phone to her but she is such a lame catcher that it dropped into the dry brown dirt.
To be honest, if my barn hadn't been on fire I would have yelled at her.Sorry to y'all for the sudden stop. But please comment and encourage me (if you like this book) so I can accomplish my goal of finishing this book and starting book three of The Horse Whisperer series which will be called: A Leap of Faith.
Here is the teaser/blurb for this book.
The phrase that hit me hard was, 'Loyalty can't be forced, it must be won.' What was that supposed to mean anyhow? Maybe it was that I needed to earn Fury's trust and loyalty just as much as I would show that I will be a loyal friend, just like God is faithful to everyone who trusts in him. Little did I know that this lesson would change my life forever.
With a pregnant mare in hand, a new rescue named Fury to gentle, a now burned barn and part time jobs to handle, life leaves Jessica Hamilton drowning in doubt and worry. But God won't let that happen.
When her cousin, Willow Williams, a horse crazy yet horseless teen turns up to help, Willow discovers her hidden talent in horsemanship and in the meantime God teaches them both a study in His love and a lesson in loyalty.