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post #1 of 2 Old 02-23-2009, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Whipple's Equestrian Trials

Ok, so I figured I might as well start a journal. Why not, right?

So I have been volunteering at CARD for a month now. Just once a week, but next week I will be going both Thursdays and Saturdays. I enjoy it. The kids are great, the horses are amazing, what more can a girl ask for?
I know! Less then 2 hrs on public transit. Yes, I am on buses for 2 hrs. In the winter it is not so nice to wait outside for the next bus. SO I am looking for somewhere else to do the majority of my volunteering. I want to volunteer for two more days a week. There's a place only an hour away, and so I am going to send in an application there. It's called Meadowlarke Stables. I'm excited!
Then I plan on taking lessons either at Meadowlarke or Halton School of Equitation. I'm not sure yet which one. I will have to rely on a friend for a ride if I go to Halton, but I can bus if she's busy if I go to Meadowlarke. But Halton is a bit cheaper. And as we all know, money is usually a major factor in all decisions nowadays.

So anyhow, I wanted to tell this little tidbit. There's a rider at CARD. His name is Andrew. He is very quiet, rarely saying "Walk on" loud enough for the leader to hear. And if you're not familiar with disabled riding, it's usually a leader for the horse, and sometimes 1 or 2 sidewalkers. Some are independant riders and do not require a sidewalker. Andrew needs one to keep him focused and help him with the games. I have been either his leader or his sidewalker since I started. So last Saturday was our 4th time together.
He smiled at me, which is always good. He was a bit tired though. We had a good horse to sidewalk with too. Squeak is a pretty smooth walker and not too choppy. Easy to stay beside. So we started the games. I had to get him to touch his ear, or the horses hip, ect. He was more into it that day. He was speaking rather clear, and the leader heard him very nearly everytime. This was big. Then everyone took their reins. Andrew usually doesnt hold them. That day, he held on with both hands and only let go to scratch his head. Then it was time to trot! I had never done this as a sidewalker before. I tried getting him a bit excited about it. The first time we went he seemed slightly scared. Then when we were waiting to go the second time he was talking! All I could understand was "trotting" but he was talking a storm up! We went the second time and he was so steady! I have to admit I was proud.
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post #2 of 2 Old 02-26-2009, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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So today was my first Thursday. I got there at about 8 am and mucked stalls. Wow, such a good way to start my morning! It was so refreshing. I forgot how peaceful mornings can be when you're not surrounded by children.
Then we raked the arena. By hand. Fun... :roll: Then we had lunch.
After lunch we decided to feed the poor starving beats. Today was their first day without blankets, so they figured they should get extra food. They got carrots and then we cleaned one of the paddocks. I thought having a dog was hard. Then I cleaned up horse crap frozen to the ground

It's pretty quiet on weekdays. Then again I was there during the day. I am assuming its a little busier during the evening. I'm really enjoying this. And I might get to take lessons there. Which would be perfect!
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