What about that one?» Harry de Leyer asked, pointing at a horse in the delivery truck. The driver laughed. «I’m taking all these critters to the dog-food factory. Ain’t none of them worth anything, if you ask me.» «But he’s got his ears up and looks like he might be ambitious. Will you take seventy dollars?»
So it was that Snowman, a no-good horse destined for the dog-food factory, came to be the pet of Mr. Leyer’s children. A year later a doctor made a nice offer for the animal, and it changed hands again. But not for long. «This horse keeps jumping my fences, no matter how high I build ‘em. I want my money back! «Mr. Leyer brought Snowman home again, but on the way began to think. Horses don’t like jumping over things. But here’s one that seems to enjoy it.
Snow Man had no pedigree. No one knew who his father and mother were—important information in horse trading. But he could jump.
To make a long story short, Mr. Leyer trained Snow Man carefully and then entered him in the three biggest horse-jumping contests in the country. The animal won them all! At the end of the last show someone offered $100,000 for the horse, and Snowman’s story appeared in a national magazine.
Been feeling a little down on yourself lately? Report card a bit embarrassing? Strikeout in the last baseball game? Hey, if a no-good horse can become a champion, what can you, a son or daughter of God, accomplish in your life?