Here are some pictures from the Therapeutic Riding Camp that I volunteered at last week. Most of the riders were not actually disabled in anyway (some of them had Downs but were very independent) but all the proceeds went to benefit the therapeutic riding center that I volunteer at.
I hope you enjoy the pics. I encourage everyone to find a Therapeutic Riding Center near you and volunteer some of your time. It is such a great experience.
That is me on the right, holding the barrel. We were helping the riders warm up before they got on their horses.
These kids were so rowdy but a ton of fun.
I was responsible for teaching all the campers how to groom and tack their horses. That horse is a gelding named Comanche.
That is one of the Downs campers with my favorite horse Tobi. That kid was so nice and Tobi was so good to him.
Me walking with one of the green grass beginners. She was not disabled, but she still needed some extra help. Comanche was such a good boy.
Setting out for a short trail ride. I did not know my picture was being taken, or I would have smiled, lol. I swear, the photographer was a Ninja. I actually never saw her take any pictures of me!
Me helping another one of the Downs riders on Shadow. That old geezer has the worst breath of any horse I have ever met!
Finally, I got a chance to ride. I led a short trail ride with some of the more advanced riders. Poor Comanche started getting a sore back by this time in the day so I ended up having to two point most of the trail ride. I was so sore by the end, but I mostly felt bad for Comanche. Thankfully, he has a long vacation ahead of him until mid January.