Breezing. I’m sure I’d heard the term before. But I guess it never clicked in my brain.
It clicked the other day. Well, no. It was more like a thunderclap! Check out what I discovered.
Know what breezing means? In racehorse jargon, it is this: “Breezing is used to maintain and assess the fitness of all racehorses.”*
Breezing is a process, but before a breeze can occur, there are several lessons a two-year-old horse must be taught…
*style is a priority over speed.
*“breaking,” which builds and accomplishes cardiovascular fitness, muscles, and bones, and exercises the horse under tack and in the paddock.
*the basics of being comfortable galloping in a paddock, then in the jogging ring, before heading to the track.
*to be comfortable and confident in the jogging ring.
*an increase in fitness through weeks of galloping on the track.
There are two key aspects to the process: the mental and physical states of each horse. A horse that is physically strong may not mentally enjoy breezing. And a horse that enjoys the track “may not be able to withstand the physical pressure.”*
Breezing educates the horse into the bit, which refers to the horse’s willingness to move under its own power “with a steady, relaxed contact with the rider’s hands via the reins.”* This allows the horse to relax on the track and enjoy its run, as breezing is an easy run, not at top speed. However, “A spirited horse may have to be held back by the rider in order to be kept at a breezing pace.”**
Morning workouts are necessary to keep the horse in peak condition and trains an inexperienced horse to behave on the track.
“When a horse is compromised in either [mental or physical] capacity, they will not be their best on the track. In these cases, the road to breezing is taken at a slower pace. This will reduce the impact of any physical problems as well as ensure the two-year-old maintains a happy attitude about training. By paying attention to the horse, a trainer will see signs of physical or mental stress.”*
When a two-year-old finishes this training, it encounters new experiences as it moves on to busier tracks and new routines and is prepared for its first breeze with “a solid base of fitness and a relaxed mind.”*
Breezing! See any spiritual applications in all that? Let’s see.
In training us as Christians, the Father:
*chooses style or technique over speed
*knows breaking must come first, which builds up spiritual muscles
*must train us within before we can go out so that we are confident
*waits until we willingly act under His direction in a steady, relaxed manner
*educates us so we may enjoy our run
*expects our morning spiritual workouts to keep us in peak condition
*trains us how to behave
*keeps us reined in that we not try to get ahead on our own
*watches for a compromised condition, for if we’re not at our best, He must train us at a slower pace to help reduce the impact of any problems and to help us maintain a happy and thankful attitude
*watches for signs of physical or mental stress
*moves us into new experiences as we encounter “busier tracks and new routines.”
Before being let out on the racetrack of life, we need to learn who guides us and become comfortable with it. Training builds us up and makes us ready for whatever race comes our way.
Breezing is used to maintain and assess the fitness of all God’s runners! In our training, do we end up with a “solid base of fitness and a relaxed mind”?