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post #21 of 29 Old 03-20-2019, 05:10 PM
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Just for the record. My wife is deaf in her left ear, and only about 40% hearing in her right. When we first met, she did not disclose this to me, so I found myself repeating myself quite often. One day I just ask her if she had a hearing problem (I had no clue and was a tad irritated), lo and behold, she admitted to me that she did. Well, I felt like a jerk after that!!!

I got her a hearing aid for her right ear which she now wears, but, sometimes, I think she may pretend that she doesn't hear me just because she doesn't really want to hear what I'm saying.....
Anyway, she is my heart, and I just smile now and ask, baby, did you hear me? Usually I'll get either a yes, and I'll let it go, and sometimes I still have to repeat myself, but I wouldn't trade her for the world.
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The silent communication with horses. A trust that can't be bought, earned, or convinced, you are either their kind or your not..
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post #22 of 29 Old 03-20-2019, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Just for the record. My wife is deaf in her left ear, and only about 40% hearing in her right. When we first met, she did not disclose this to me, so I found myself repeating myself quite often. One day I just ask her if she had a hearing problem (I had no clue and was a tad irritated), lo and behold, she admitted to me that she did. Well, I felt like a jerk after that!!!

I got her a hearing aid for her right ear which she now wears, but, sometimes, I think she may pretend that she doesn't hear me just because she doesn't really want to hear what I'm saying.....
Anyway, she is my heart, and I just smile now and ask, baby, did you hear me? Usually I'll get either a yes, and I'll let it go, and sometimes I still have to repeat myself, but I wouldn't trade her for the world.
Aw, how sweet! My girlfriend and I met online. She found out I was deaf when I requested for the captions to be turned on during our first movie night. Soon after she started learning ASL for me, so she's still a beginner at the language and I do need to repeat myself sometimes. I don't mind though, like you said I wouldn't trade her for the world. :)
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post #23 of 29 Old 04-01-2019, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Toured the Therapeutic Riding Center this morning. It was lovely! I learned that it is the second largest therapeutic riding program in the nation, which is pretty cool! I'll start volunteering soon, though I won't be able to do anything more than feed hay and muck stalls/paddocks. Still, it's a start!

And I met this beautiful girl. :)

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post #24 of 29 Old 04-01-2019, 05:40 PM
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She is beautiful.. I hope you aren't the one that has to keep her clean!!!!
I am so happy for you. You've got your foot in the door and I know with your attitude, you'll go far. Keep up the good work, and keep busting your rear, it'll pay off...
One day soon you'll be at the point of using your knowledge and disability to be in the position to help other riders with your disability to be able to experience the joy of riding and learning from someone who they can relate to.


I wish you all the luck in the world,


Roger
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post #25 of 29 Old 04-01-2019, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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She is beautiful.. I hope you aren't the one that has to keep her clean!!!!
I am so happy for you. You've got your foot in the door and I know with your attitude, you'll go far. Keep up the good work, and keep busting your rear, it'll pay off...
One day soon you'll be at the point of using your knowledge and disability to be in the position to help other riders with your disability to be able to experience the joy of riding and learning from someone who they can relate to.


I wish you all the luck in the world,


Roger
Actually, I wish I could help with her grooming! Vanners require extra attention to care due to all the hair they have (mites in their feathers is a common issue), and I enjoy the one-on-one time with horses. But as a new volunteer I'm not allowed to do any direct work with the horses. Otherwise yes, I'm happy I've got my foot in the door. I'm looking forward to finding out where this will take me!

Thank you very much.
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post #26 of 29 Old 04-02-2019, 10:47 AM
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It is a foot in the door, and most likely the road to your volunteering or even occupation. Good luck, it does sound like fun. I have to muck because I keep my horse in my back yard, but I enjoy the work because a nice clean area is so rewarding.
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post #27 of 29 Old 05-15-2019, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm back with some updates!

The past two days have been quite busy for me, but oh so worth it.

Monday was my first volunteer shift at the therapeutic barn center. I spent my morning dumping out buckets and scrubbing them, and of course lovingly gazing at the horses while I waited for waters to fill up. Next time I'm there I'll probably do feedings.



And then yesterday was a long day full of hard work, but it was a really rewarding experience for me. I met the owner of a farm nearby and was put to work right away helping out with feeding, playing musical paddocks with the horses (like musical chairs, shuffling them around depending on who needs to go in which area), scrubbing out tubs, and some good plain ole mucking out. The weather was lovely, it rained a bit but not too much. I got to love on some horses while I did tasks. I have a favorite already, but don't tell any of the other horses! And finally, at the end of the day I watched a yearling get gelded. It was fascinating for me to see!

While I was working I found myself constantly thinking on how things could be improved or be done a different way. Not that the farm isn't set up wonderfully- but if I had my own farm I would try to implement some more eco-friendly systems. For example, a lot of water gets thrown away. I wonder if it would be possible to build trenches and a drainage system around the stalls/paddocks where drained water would go into a grey water basin to be reused for landscaping. Also, drain holes in troughs! My back took a hitting yesterday when I had to bail water out of a trough with a bucket. I was so relieved when the next one I had to clean was an actual bathtub with a drain hole I could just unplug.


They also have a chicken coop and I took a peek inside. Again, forming ideas inside my head. It's one thing reading about plans and how other people have their coops/stables/etc set up, and another thing to see it in action.

All in all yesterday was a great learning experience and I used muscles I hadn't exerted in years! Or ever, for that matter. :P I'm looking forward to what else I will learn here.

I do have pictures from the farm but I'm not sure that I should share them without permission from the horses' owners. The one below is of Honey, a QH mare at the therapeutic center.
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post #28 of 29 Old 05-15-2019, 11:05 PM
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The way I empty big troughs is to put a hose in, turn it on to get water in the entire hose and then detach from the water source and place the hose lower that the trough. It will empty in a few minutes. You have to be able to get the hose lower that the trough to work, but then you are able to get the water where you want it to go. You might be able to get it to work by dunking the entire hose to get it full of water, but that's harder. Easier just to get it full from the water source.
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post #29 of 29 Old 05-16-2019, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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The way I empty big troughs is to put a hose in, turn it on to get water in the entire hose and then detach from the water source and place the hose lower that the trough. It will empty in a few minutes. You have to be able to get the hose lower that the trough to work, but then you are able to get the water where you want it to go. You might be able to get it to work by dunking the entire hose to get it full of water, but that's harder. Easier just to get it full from the water source.
Yeah I know of that trick, but the hoses there are very long, heavy, and not very easy to handle/transport. Far better that I do it by hand. Good to keep in mind for the future though!
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