So today was my second day volunteering at the horse rescue here on Oahu. Its the first equine rescue ever established for the islands.
Yesterday was pretty normal, I fed, groomed and mucked out the "petting zoo" animal pens, which includes 2 shetlands(dam and 2 yr old colt) 2 donkeys, a POA, one hog and about 10 goats.
One of the other volunteers offered to help me muck so while I was with the donkeys she went into the Shetlands pen, and forgot to clip the chain...needless to say the two houdinis broke out and I had to chase them both down. So after I got them back the barn manager (who was watching me) was apparently impressed with how I handled getting the shetlands back and calming down the other horses so she offered to let me work with her project mare *swoon* who is a 5 yr old appy mare...totally amazing horse just has some authority issues do to the previous owners abuse.
After that it calmed down and I got the other 18 horses fed and watered then locked up for the night.
Today was pretty much the same haha. I mucked out 10 stalls, 2 large pens, and three fields in under two hours (gotta be a record) then she let me take out two of the rehabs and work with them in the arena, and after watching that said that I was probably a god send (hehe god send) since most of her other volunteers are mostly military spouses that just want to help out, not much experience. So she said I would probably be taking on a bigger role as handler and trainer along with her son. And fed, watered etc. dang I didnt no how much I missed all this!
But BY FAR the best part about today was when she offered to let me ride her mare Honey, in a sorting competition in August! Winning haha. Im soooooooooo glad I finally started here. I gotta get my horse fix in