What an amazing day! Over 25 volunteers came out to Healing with Horses Ranch today for our first Volunteer Training and were able to drive over the creek crossing!
Thank you to all that came out and enjoyed the fun! Mia, Taylor, and Jordan were our pre-teens that came out to be my mock riders got to participate in the training and play with the horses, but didn't get to ride since we ran out of time! (I told you that I couldn't get it all in in 2 1/2 hours!) Judy and Ashley, ... thank you for your help in the training and mentoring! I could n't have done it without you! Velma, Ashley, and Tricia, finally got to meet to go forward with our near-future research project! Lisa Block has already committed to come our for our first rider class on Tuesday! Monica got to enjoy horses with her daughter, Mia! Sharon Thater took some great photos! What a great turn out!
The horses were wonderful. Just challenging enough with all of the green grass around, but very well behaved. They haven't really been led through the ramp to date so all of our new volunteers helped de-sensitize the horses to it! Playboy, my little speed demon was slow and relaxed.
When Erik Stockle took him through the ramp, we purposefully dropped his cane and banged it on the ramp and Playboy barely blinked his eyes! I'm not really sure where it came from! Rocky, my chicken little almost fell asleep with 5 people grooming him. I'm not really sure where he came from either. It must be the water!
Congratulations to Chuck Colvin, our volunteer of the Month for Dec 2011. If it was n't for him, we wouldn't have been able to do our training or at least not on the "East Campus", as John has dubbed it! Our volunteer appreciation Luncheon was wonderful thanks to Judy Moore, Lisa Foight, Catherine Bailey, Melissa Fox, Cindy Stearns and Kristin Witcher, Next's month's is already starting to be planned for the great American chile cook-off "I got to see people that I haven't seen in a while and meet new friends that I am looking forward to having a lot of fun with!
Our first class starts on Tuesday! I cannot wait!