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Finally getting around to this...

I started volunteering as my Bat Mitzvah project, but it dragged on through tenth grade.  Most of what I did as a volunteer was get horses ready and such, as well as some sidewalking. I was the kid of the group, and the adults (even those with less horse experience than I had) didn't trust me to lead or do anything too intensive at first, but once they discovered how quickly I could groom and tack, that became my job. I got to know the horses very well.  One or two of them were actually former lesson ponies I had ridden as a beginner, so I really enjoyed seeing them again. Then I had to take a break from volunteering, and the farm never responded to my calls and e-mails asking them when I should come back (they were never very good at returning calls). Hopefully, I'll find a new place to volunteer someday soon.



My Introduction

I never did my introduction so here goes ...

I've been volunteering with a therapy program for going on 4 years now. I was a horse crazy kid but never had a horse, I'm 29 now. When I saw the ad for volunteers I thought what better way to get involved! And I generally don't do things half heartedly. I'm a teaching assistant and I'll work on my instructor certification for next year, I handle the website as well as the client and volunteer database for the office staff, I volunteer several times a week, and when I was unemployed I pretty much just lived at one of our therapy barns ;>

My horse experience prior was fairly limited. I now have 2 of my own horses and I ride dressage. The volunteering thing is in my blood though, I'm a life time member of the Girl Scouts and my mother is a chronic volunteerer, I get it from her.

So that's my story!


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This may seem like a silly question, but how do you decide which center to volunteer with when there are quite a few in your area?

I'm having a hard time choosing one, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)



Hey, I'm Ashley. I'm here because I volunteered at a therapeutic riding center for a couple years. It was such an amazing experience! I moved away and don't get to go see that place much anymore, but I joined this community because I would love to hear about other people's experiences while I'm missing mine. :)


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Hi, everyone! My name is Jen and I joined this community because I'll be volunteering with a therapeutic riding center in the spring. I just have to choose which center(s) and wait until the next volunteer orientation...

In the meantime, I'm doing a lot of research and I'm looking for books on the subject. Here's a small list of books I've discovered. I'd love to know of any I've missed and if any of you have read some of these.

Special Needs, Special Horses by Naomi Scott
Colt by Nancy Springer (Fiction)
A Basic Guide to Equestrian (It only has a small section on therapeutic riding, but, hey, it's something!)
The, Horse, The Handicapped, and the Riding Team in a Therapeutic Riding Program: A Volunteer Training Manual
Therapeutic Riding I: Strategies for Instruction
Therapeutic Riding II: Strategies for Rehabilitation

The last three are by Barbara T. Engel.
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So, why are you here? This community has actually grown faster than I thought, so let's start up some discussion with some introductions.
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Hi All.

My name is Carolyn and I live in Tallahassee, FL. I've been riding horses for over 16 years (mainly Hunters) and in April I became a certified therapeutic riding instructor with NARHA. I taught for a while at a center nearby, but am not teaching at the moment. I created this community, so please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Welcome everyone to this new community. Feel free to settle in, rest a while, and chat with us.
James Dean Horsie

January 2007



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