Power of Submission
October 2nd, 2015Tweet
By: Barbara Aitken
David Davis believes showing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress (AAQHC) comes with a sense of accomplishment. What he calls a, “healthy desire to strive toward excellence,” is what has influenced Davis to drive from Hardinsburg, Indiana to Columbus for the past 25 years.
He drove once again for the 2015 AAQHC to show in the NHRA Novice Horse—Open Division.
Davis having been raised on a horse ranch has ridden his entire life and focused on training reining horses for many years. Along the way, Davis began transitioning his reining training methods to trick riding. He now competes in cowboy dressage, tandem, Roman Riding, and Freestyle Reining competitions including the Congress Freestyle where he’s placed in the Top Ten. He has performed with his black and white Overos at major equine events such as the AQHA, APHA, and ApHC World Championships, the NRHA Futurity, and major Horse Fairs across the Midwest.
Davis’ philosophies propelled him to broaden his range of disciplines.
“Reining maneuvers and trick maneuvers help develop a horse”, says Davis. “It helps the horse concentrate and focus on his handler/rider.”
Davis trains both his reining and trick horses in a “force free” training method. “You can force a horse to do anything, but to allow him to learn is a different circumstance.”
David Davis Horsemanship focuses on teaching horse owners the value of training horses with a soft hand. When performing clinics across the Midwest, Davis gives his clients a special deal if they agree to his one request—have a Sunday morning cowboy worship service. Davis is an ordained minister with the Cowboy Church Network of North America. In return for allowing David to have a worship service, he deducts the amount of money gathered in the offering from the client’s bill.
As for his message, he generally shares this type of story:
“When people see the horse cooperating with me and performing tricks or maneuvers, I tell them the horse chose to submit to me. Once that horse chooses to follow me, I know we will do great things. It is the same choice with God. If we submit our hearts to God, He can do great things through us.”
In addition to horse training and ministry, Davis is a national recording artist in the Christian Country Music industry and rose to 3 top 20 hits in his career. His music is inspired by his ranch lifestyle.
For more information regarding David Davis Horsemanship or his ministry, please visit his website at daviddavishorsemanship.com or visit his Facebook page.