Today was the last Saturday that I am scheduled to help with classes this year, making it a bittersweet morning. The day was bright and crisp – Fall was now unafraid to show her ankles and soon Winter promised to take center stage! The trees are all dipped in crimson, gold and every color in between, presenting the eye with a color palette that could never quite be duplicated by humans in its glory. Continue reading
Tonight was the last time I will get to work with my physically challenged adult ladies this year, and I must admit that I will miss the company! Their strength and determination has been a source of inspiration for me that I will not soon forget. For the millionth time, it strikes me as completely off base that women are so often billed as the weaker sex. Watching these ladies ride is a testament to just how strong women can be and it makes me proud to know them and to be able to help them along on their journeys! Without therapeutic riding, many of the adult riders at the center would be hard pressed to find a physical activity they can participate in, making the role these horses play even broader in its spectrum. I can’t help but reflect on how hard these horses work; they also deserve to be recognized for the huge contributions they make to so many lives! Continue reading
Saturday morning dawned cool and windy as I headed out to the therapeutic riding center to help with a class. I was scheduled to be a sidewalker with Ceeray again and was also looking forward to seeing the young man who would be riding him to gauge his progress. There was a chill in the air to remind me that Summer was quickly making her exit and I swore that I could detect a hint of Fall’s petticoat in the distant treeline. Continue reading
The Midway at Night, Kentucky State Fair
Volunteering at the fair was a blast! Anyone who’s been to the Kentucky state fair in Louisville knows it presents a variety of great opportunities… From people watching, to roasted corn on the cob, to the many animals, to the countless booths selling trinkets, to fudge… I could go on and on! Add to that the fun of sharing what we do at the therapeutic riding center with the general public, and it was definitely an experience I would like to repeat next year! Continue reading
Tonight’s class was fun but chaotic! Ominous clouds threatened us as we got the horses ready and did a few chores. When the riders arrived they told of seeing thunder and lightning on the way out to the farm from the city. While rain won’t typically stop a class, thunder and/or lightening will – even though we’re inside, we can’t take any chances with the horses being spooked or risk someone getting electrocuted through a door or window! Continue reading
Therapy horses (and ponies!) must be willing to go with the flow!
Tonight was the third Thursday night class (also the halfway point for this class session), and I think it was the most fun we’ve had yet—hands down! We’re all getting more used to one another, and I was assigned to work with the same rider, which helps!
Also, we got to have class in the outside arena, thanks to the unseasonably reasonable weather that has continued to grace Kentucky! I enjoy working outside whenever possible; the arena is bigger, which allows us to do more. I also think it provides a greater challenge and is more satisfying for the riders I’ve worked with. Continue reading
Tonight was the second evening (out of six total in Session 2 of the summer classes at the therapeutic riding center) that I was assigned to work with Ceeray the ex-racehorse and his adult rider. We were blessed with nice weather—only in the low 80s, which is very cool for Kentucky in July—and everyone seemed relaxed! Continue reading
Today was my formal “Volunteer Training Day” at the therapeutic riding center, and it was quite fun! I was in a group of 13 new volunteers who ranged from very experienced with horses to completely new. While I found some of the information redundant (I already know how to groom a horse and tack it up, for example), I was amazed at the determination and bravery of the volunteers who were new to the whole experience; three hours is really not much time to absorb this information if you’ve never done it before! Continue reading
My second day as an intern at the therapeutic riding center was slightly less dramatic than the first – at least, I didn’t have to be there until 2:00 in the afternoon, and I was over my illness! Continue reading
Today was my first day as an intern representing Spalding University at a therapeutic horseback riding center for individuals with disabilities. Although very excited to have this opportunity, I woke up already feeling exhausted and desperate to be on time. Continue reading