A new group of volunteers is committing to keeping some very important horses happy and healthy during their slower months.
Hope on Horseback is a therapeutic riding center in Fairview that offers people with disabilities a chance to get up-close-and-personal with these majestic giants. But, during the winter, that program is put on hold, so it’s up to volunteers like Ed Lincoln to stop by and take care of the 11 horses stabled here.
Polar Bear Club Member Ed Lincoln says, “Well, we groom them, and then we tack them – put the saddle and everything on. And then, we walk them around a little bit to get them warmed up.”
The Polar Bear Club meets twice a week to tend to the horses.
Another goal is to keep them up on their training, because not every horse is cut out for the job.
Therapeutic Riding Instructor Sue Tower tells us, “The horses that are used for Hope on Horseback have to be well-trained and very calm. He has a variety of issues with the students…. Like, my horse would not fit in with the program because she’s a little too sensitive.”
Members of the Polar Bear Club say not only is it therapeutic for the horses; it’s therapeutic for them too.
Lincoln tells us, “When I get home from doing this, like today or something, my wife usually says ‘you come home such a happy person, you really feel good about it, huh?’ Yeah, it makes me feel good.”
It’s a feeling that many horse-lovers know all too well.
Tower says, “There’s a special connection with them. They’re very therapeutic. They get in your blood. They’re just a special animal.”
If you’d like to get involved with Hope on Horseback here are the links:
Website – http://www.trecerie.org/volunteer0.aspx
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The class schedule for students is as follows:
- Spring 1 – March 4th to March 29th
- Spring 2 – April 1st to May 24th
- Summer – June 3rd to July 19th
- Fall 1 – August 12-September 30th
- Fall 2 – October 7th to November 22nd