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Review for High Hurdles Horsemanship Program, Herald, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at High Hurdles Horsemanship program for a little over a year now and there are not words to describe the impact this program and the Director/owner Lisa Grijalva has made on me. I started by being a camp counselor for summer camps last year. Lets just say that I might have had more fun than the kids!! Not many of my friends love horses as much as I do so it was very neat to be able to come out and meet kids my own age that shared the same passion as me. After all the EXTREMELY hard work of summer camps and lessons were over, I prayed that I would still be able to volunteer. I did. I ended up coming out about 3 days a week despite what a long drive it was. Spending so much time on a horse ranch, you meet other horse people. This is when I fell in love with a horse next door to High Hurdles. All I look forward to each week was being able to come out to the ranch. I would be out there from sun up, to sun down. With the schedule of: Morning- exercising horses, after that, I would help leading and side walking for lessons. At the end of the day, I would go grab my horse Tucker from the property next door and go for a ride. One of the most special things about my visits were seeing all of the kids that took therapeutic lessons. It was just so fascinating to see a little boy who we could barely keep on the horse for more than a few minutes before he would start screaming and scratching, then, a few months later, he is now able to stay on the horse without any problems for his entire lesson. Seeing each and everyone of the kids light up and just get so excited you couldn't get them to hold still! That is what makes High Hurdles horsemanship program special to me. I changes lives, people, and me. I love this program, the horses, and the people in it so much more than the words I have used!!!

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Role:  Volunteer