First of all, I was hunting all over the internet including Wikipedia for the word horse blinders. I couldn’t find anything. I was thinking saying to myself, “I know I am not crazy, there is such a thing as horse blinders.” You know the harness that they put over the eyes of the horse? Surprisingly, there is not. They are not called horse blinders, they are called blinkers and visors. Blinkers, sometimes known as blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side.
Blinkers are usually made of leather or plastic cups that are placed on either side of the eyes, either attached to a bridle or to an independent hood. Blinkers that have a peep hole cut in the back of the cup are known as visors.
Many racehorse trainers believe these keep horses focused on what is in front, encouraging them to pay attention to the race rather than other distractions, such as crowds. Additionally, blinkers are commonly seen on driving horses, to keep them from being distracted or spooked, especially on crowded city streets.
I thought about how distracted we can be in this life. This idea that blinkers have been used over the years to keep horses focused, causes me to think about what could we possible achieve if we were focused more.
Just to recap, the purpose of horse blinkers are to:
1. Prevent the horse from seeing to the rear
2. Prevent the horse from seeing to the side
3. It encourages the horse to pay attention to the race in front of him.
4. It helps the horse avoid being distracted by other horses.
5. It keeps the horse from being spooked especially by crowds.
The more I read about horse blinkers, the more I think we could use them. Here are a few ideas that make for plain old good HORSE sense:
1. Stop paying attention to what is behind you. It’s the past and that is where it belongs, BEHIND YOU!!
2. Stop competing and comparing yourself with others on either side of you.
3. All of your attention should be focused on the race before you. Looking elsewhere only impedes your progress.
4. Stop allowing what others do or don’t do to distract you from your game plan and goal. Never allow others to intimidate or discredit who you are. Be who God called you and run your race.
5. Don’t allow others to spook you or cause you to fear. Confidently know who you are and trust God.