Thank you so much, ladies. Good advice and I will keep those things in mind. I do tend to talk too much. I noticed when we did the equine care workshop, whenever the instructors would ask who wanted to (fill in the blank,) I immediately said, "I will!" I know most people just sit back and hope not to be picked for something but I also know that I want to learn. Still, I don't think that is going to win me many friends.
I will listen! I will try not to be so ready to volunteer to do something in a group. I will wait at least 5 seconds to give someone else a chance to say "I will!"
I think they do pair people up with a seasoned volunteer. The first day I went, the woman gave me paperwork to complete and to return at the workshop, and she gave me a basic overview of how they work. Newbies come in and they learn, then as they become more seasoned, they take on the role of teacher!
I don't see how I stand to do anything but "gain" in this experience. They only do the therapeutic riding in the Spring, Summer and Fall, but they are trying to get the funds to put a roof over their corral so they can also do sessions in the winter.
They said that people tend to pick one of their six horses and work more exclusively with it more than the others. I don't want to rush into making that decision. I want to get a feel for each horse and see which one may be more responsive to me. Maybe I'll let the horse do the picking. ;)
In the meantime, I'm going to have to find clothes that are suitable for dressing in layers (the seasoned folks were all in about 6 layers of clothes) and I'll need to buy some rain gear. We're having a mild winter (Yea!) so it will be more rain than snow, by the looks of it.
I'm so excited and I will keep my jets burning! I know what you mean. The newness will wear off and the drudgery of barn duties in the rain and cold will take some of my "fire" away. I'll just let them burn for now, while there is still fuel!
I know this section of the forum is for introductions. Would it be okay to keep posting here about my experiences at the farm or should I start another thread in a more appropriate area? After all, I won't be a newbie for long!