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post #21 of 26 Old 08-30-2014, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Well...what with loads of things happening all at once over the past few months I only just got around to sending these lovely people an email yesterday. It was short and sweet but I think it was OK (just stated my name, age, that I had some experience with horses, contact by mobile or email) so now I'm waiting for a reply...

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post #22 of 26 Old 09-20-2014, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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Just to update, I went for the first time today and it was absolutely wonderful - the people were all lovely, the horses had the sweetest temperaments and the funniest quirks and all get so much love and attention from workers and riders alike, plus it was fantastic to see the riders having such an amazing time with their horses, they all had the biggest grins while they were riding and it was beautiful to see.

Can't wait to go back again!

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post #23 of 26 Old 09-20-2014, 09:34 PM
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Cool, I'm glad you had fun! It can be pretty rewarding with a well run program.
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post #24 of 26 Old 10-03-2014, 10:09 PM
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You'd be surprised - most of these centers need need need lots of volunteers. Once you get the initial training - you can side walk the rider, or if you have horse experience you can horse handle. Both are rewarding and fun besides getting great exercise. In fact that was the entry into taking lessons after a 30 year hiatus. But I digress. Usually they want a volunteer to commit to 3 hours a week - they often need short notice filling in of positions because of illness or vacations. If the volunteers don't show up, the rider can't ride. These centers are eternally grateful for any help.
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post #25 of 26 Old 10-05-2014, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks LLLR, that's about how much I'm doing at the moment: from about 9am to 12-1pm. My centre actually has loads of volunteers, about 10-12 for 6 horses plus some people in the office. I haven't led/side walked yet but we spend time looking after the horses and their yards which can take some time!

What's also great is that after all the classes/training are done we all have a delicious lunch!
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post #26 of 26 Old 10-05-2014, 10:31 PM
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Hey awesome that you got the job I am going to get one on this ranch called Foxten Morgan and my best friend is going there too.

Be Kind and careful with your horse, for whatever you do maybe forgiven but not forgotten.
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