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Learning About Horses

Faithful HomesteaderI live in an area where there are an abundance of horses and ranches, but I never spend any time around them. I told my husband a while back that I wanted to find a way to change that. I finally found an opportunity to volunteer at a ranch. I have ridden horses about half a dozen times in my lifetime, but I don’t know much about them. I am looking forward to learning and getting in that quality horse time.

Spending time with horses.

When I was a child, I was really afraid of horses. I am not sure what triggered it. The only thing I can think of was that they were just so much bigger than I was. I remember one time when we lived on a farm that a small horse was loose when I came home from school. I was terrified to get off the bus. To my young self, the horse was big and dangerous. I have come a long way since those days.

My first day of volunteering, I did a little bit of grooming of one horse. I can better understand now why horses need to be groomed. I only have experience with cats and chickens and I don’t groom them. I really enjoyed the chance to be so up close and personal with the horse.

I was able to lead out the horse too. Again, I enjoyed the opportunity to work so closely with the horse. I have to work on my confidence for sure. I am looking forward to learning more and I want to bond with the horses.

I am definitely nervous about working around horses because I know so little. I have a lot to learn about all things horse. I don’t want to mess up and I do want the horses to respond well to me. I love learning new things and I love being around animals. I plan to make the most of the opportunity.

 

faithfulhomesteader
4/14/2016 10:56:11 PM

Thanks for stopping by NebraskaDave. I appreciate your comments. Hope you have a great day and a great garden.


nebraskadave
4/10/2016 8:25:56 AM

Faithful Homesteader, new experiences with animals are always a little bit scary. I'm sure before long you will be riding with the best confidence ever. I never have had a desire to be around horses. Although, I did take care of some a few years ago when I friend went to show some of his Arabian horses. I enjoyed driving the tractor around more than caring for the horses. Yes, I have to admit it, I am more thrilled with mechanical machinery than live animals. I do like gardening but never liked the responsibility of animals. My animals are the wildlife that live around my gardens. ***** Have a great horse experience day.