For those of you who may not know, I was born a country girl. I grew up on Cedar Ridge Farm in (very) upstate New York. (For those of you who are Google-happy, our farm is not any of the ones that show up - sorry to disappoint you...)
After my parents graduated, got married, moved away, etc., my mom picked up horseback riding. Which quickly turned into a hobby for both of my parents. And then subtly translated into a business. I joined in immediately - my mom rode up until she was 8 months pregnant - I was basically born on a horse. :)
When we sold our farm and moved away, I always missed having the horses the most. For some reason, it kind of hit me this past March - almost 14 years later! (Better late than never, I guess?) I figured a good way to get back into the swing of things was to see if there was somewhere nearby that I could work/volunteer to just spend some time with horses again and see if this was something I still liked. (Spoiler alert: it is...)
A little searching helped me find the Easy Street Horse & Barnyard Rescue! They are a wonderful non-profit organization and I've been having a great time there! You can check out their website (easystreetrescue.org) to learn all about them and check out the horses that are currently available for adoption. (Shameless plug - donations are always welcome!!!) :)
I usually try and get out there once a week and help out with the morning barn chores. I'm learning lots and loving every minute of it!
I keep meaning to bring my camera and get a bunch of pictures of everyone but I haven't had a chance yet. Here are just a few that I managed to grab on my phone!
The grey horse is Celsy, behind him is Ali (the white one), the bay facing me is Argo, and the bay with his butt toward me is Sir.
Here is T (Tonka) and Julian! T is actually owned by Nina, the woman who runs the rescue, so he's not technically a rescue horse but he helps take care of the new guys! And I just love Julian, too... :)
I've also decided that I wanted to try riding again! I joined the Equestrian Club at school and so far I've had 2 riding lessons! The horse I ride is named Simon - I'm. In. Love. :) I don't have any photos of him or any real updates there but I will keep you posted if anything exciting happens!!
Disclaimer: These are all of my own thoughts/opinions. In writing this, I do not represent the Easy Street Horse & Barnyard Rescue. I simply volunteer there and adore it!