Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Guys, we HAVE to be at the barn when it's miserably cold and activities are curtailed, but volunteers don't. That's why you don't see them when the weather's crummy. I sure as heck wouldn't volunteer to take care of other peoples' horses when it's freezing.
Speed, I actually think we have some people who would enjoy being there (they're as crazy as we are
)- but, with no lessons, sometimes it's hard to be creative with how to maximize volunteer time when there's not the standard horse leader/side walker jobs to do. I'm not talking about the 0 degree days, but there are plenty of days when the weather isn't downright hostile, but there still just aren't many lessons scheduled (because a lot of our riders have significant physical disabilities, they can't ride when the weather is cold because of concerns about damage to joints, etc., so we see a lot of seasonal riders who will be back in the spring).
I like the idea of having volunteers help school horses, I hadn't thought of it as even just leadlining some of the ones with less horse experience, that actually might be fun. It's hard, because I have seen that if you don't capitalize on their enthusiasm right after a training by getting them hands-on quickly, it's tough to get them back.