TODAY THE WORDS are WHEN IS ENOUGH NOT ENOUGH? I read the article below and was so touched by the persistence of Brent and the amazing will to not only live with so many obstacles but to display magnificent showmanship and talent; I wanted to post this story for all to read. I am not trying to steal another writer’s thunder but we should share beautiful stories of love. Definitely, Brent and Hugin both realize sometimes enough is never enough to fold the towel. They keep on keeping on. After you read the story, I will share my deeper thought with you.
MEET THE ACCOMPLISHED DRESSAGE STALLION “HUGIN”, AGE 29, BLIND FOR 15 YEARS AND A SURVIVOR OF THREE BROKEN LEGS: When Danish dressage trainer Bent Branderup first met the 2-year-old Knabstrupper stallion named Hugin in 1988, he recognized something special in him. Together they trained in classical dressage and in 1991, Hugin proved Bent correct in his assessment when the horse was named Premium Champion Stallion of the Year in Denmark. Then catastrophe struck . . . Hugin was critically injured in a breeding accident, fracturing both rear femurs and a front splint bone. Most owners would have accepted the veterinarian’s recommendation of humane euthanasia, but not Bent Branderup. He worked through the many years of healing with Hugin, gradually introducing dressage work to stretch and build muscle to support the injured bones. Against all odds, Hugin made a complete recovery, and back to full-time dressage training they went.
Almost unbelievably, tragedy struck yet again in 1996 when Hugin lost his vision completely, in both eyes. But, as you may have already guessed, Bent did not give up on the stallion. They continued training, using dressage to rebuild Hugin’s confidence in himself and the world he could no longer see . . . and to this day Hugin and Bent still enjoy their dressage work, always perfecting movements and working toward an ever-higher goal.
Hugin never recovered his sight, but with the eyes of his companion Bent guiding the way, the horse has surpassed all expectations of living a fulfilled life. By anyone’s standards, Hugin has accomplished the impossible dream. And Hugin is not the only one fulfilled by the experience. Bent says “Through Hugin, I learned not to use the horse for dressage, but to use dressage for the horse.”
Watch this heartwarming video of Bent and Hugin performing haute ecole in-hand, on Hugin’s 25th birthday! http://youtu.be/PDIPPQVw8dA
Now for the deeper thought……As I read this story, I was reminded of story after story of individuals as well as animals, who in life was dealt the joker card and suffered from disabilities and sicknesses, and who never felt enough is enough to throw in the towel. Those same great people or animals found their way as Hugin and his trainer did with Dressage. They forged ahead in spite of any obstacles and this is the lesson we can gain from this story. Enough is never enough until we reach the end of our journey. When we have been blessed with normalcy, we should never complain about “sniffles”, minor injuries or surgeries, minor setbacks in jobs, love, or a squabble with another. I say “Hugin” up and forge ahead in life using your faith and belief….YOU CAN DO THIS! Live life, love life, and live life to the fullest by deciding Enough is never Enough!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
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