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Review for Sarasota Manatee Association For Riding Therapy Inc, Bradenton, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering at SMART four years ago. Everyone was so welcoming and excited to have new volunteers. I had never been around horses before so I was very nervous. The SMART family made me feel safe and taught me everything I needed to know. At SMART everyone is always so thankful and upbeat. Over the years I have become very close with the barn manager and instructor, Ms. Sam. Ms. Sam is an amazing person, always so patient and willing to teach people new things. She has taught me so much about horses and about people. Ms. Sam is someone that I look up to and think very highly of. As a person that struggles with anxiety it is hard to go out and do somethings, but never at SMART. SMART is a judge free environment. The people and even the horses at SMART help you through anything. Everyone always forms special relationships with the horses. But at SMART there is something else that helps you through things, the sensory garden. The sensory garden is a place you can decompress and enjoy the butterflies all around you and look out into the paddocks and see Salsa and Gracie grazing on a warm summer day.

Role:  Volunteer