I just got back from working at Equest. It's my first Wednesday working since the session started, and I started working my second class. It's smaller and a little more hands-on than the Saturday class, which I appreciated.
I started this morning at around 9:00 by doing some barn work, cleaning and bedding stalls. Once I was done there, I took a small break and waited until 11:00 when I had to groom and tack the horses for the class. There were two classes at 12:00, so there was a bit of confusion in the tack room as everyone tried to get ready.
I quickly went to get a drink in the commons area, where I met one of the riders in my class, a boy named Eric. The other rider had not arrived yet.
I helped with the Western class before going off to tack up a horse named Jax while the other volunteer in the class tacked up a fuzzy little pony named Babe. For the class, we were switched; Dakota (the other volunteer) led Jax while I led Babe. We took them to the mounting area, and Eric got on Jax first. My rider, Jacob, had just arrived, and was helped onto Babe (he has a muscular disorder and we used the blocks, so it was a bit of a struggle this week--next week we're using the ramp).
Eric and Jacob were the only two riders in the class, and they both needed a horse leader for the entire class. We worked mostly at the walk today, with a few trotting intervals.
After the class, we took the horses back to their stalls, Jacob holding onto the lead rope and me holding on to the sidepull for security. The riders put away the tack, and I groomed Babe before leaving.
I did make a lot of mistakes today, from putting the tack on wrong to forgetting to groom Babe before letting her go, and I was a lot less forgiving of myself than everyone else was. That's just another thing that I've got to work on. I know, I can't expect to be perfect at the very beginning.
Overall, I do like this class. I like being hands-on with the horse and rider, and I like the smaller size, so I would say that I prefer my Wednesday class over my Saturday class. In each class, there is something to learn.