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THE FLORIDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR EQUINE NURTURING DEVEL & SAF
April 5, 2010

The non-profit organization, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, supports a great cause. However, their schedule is not flexible. From the morning to late afternoon it is clean up time, and then you are allowed to ride your horse. (Work then play, which is a great bias especially for children, I must mention) By the time I could make it out certain days to ride my horse he would already be turned out, so I would have to trudge through the field up to my ankles in mud to try and lead my horse back in. (Which took a lot of effort, he was quite stubborn and did not have any intention to leave his friends) It was difficult because he became extremely anxious whenever I took him to the riding paddock. I couldn't even ride him for 10 minutes because he wouldn't calm down, he obviously wanted to be turned out again. With the drastic wet, humid weather here in South Florida during the Spring and Summer, it is difficult to go out there and spend time with your horse. I sponsered a horse for about 4 months and volunteered for almost a year until I just did not have the time to go out and sojourn with him anymore. I would definitely go back to the ranch again to do volunteer work on weekends, but would not even ponder the thought of sponsering a horse from there once more.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make their schedule much more flexible

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being around the horses and knowing that I am contributing priceless time and effort into a wonderful organization

Ways to make it better...

The schedule was a bit more flexible I had felt much more welcomed among other members

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Barn chores.