November 7, 2012
I came to this rescue looking for a place that I could help and make a difference in. Many rescues limit volunteers to jobs that don't include interaction with the horses. At Gentle Giants, volunteers help with the basic barn work, but can also spend time with the horses to form a bond with any of them. We all have a favorite that we like to catch and groom and give treats to. Many people ask if we ride the horses. The answer to that is riding is an option for horses that are sound, and are safe to ride. A riding evaluation is done beforehand to place the rider with an acceptable horse for their experience. The horse care is the top priority there, as it should be. Adoptions are done carefully to make sure that the horse and adopter are a good match. The homes are checked to make sure everything is suitable for the horse. Afterwards, periodic checks are made to make sure the horse remains healthy. The process keeps the horses safe and healthy, since that's the ultimate goal. All of these extra things make Gentle Giants a more hands on and enjoyable rescue to volunteer at. I love volunteering every weekend and enjoying the horses and the friendly people. I've been volunteering here for a year now, and still going strong! Come out and volunteer and you'll see what I mean.
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