Like many other Mane Stream volunteers, Laura loves being able to come to the barn and commune with the horses, but her favorite moments occur in lessons, when riders accomplish some of their goals. “It’s amazing when riders reach a milestone,” she said while reflecting on some of her favorite moments as a sidewalker. One memory which stood out to her was watching a rider with no previous knowledge of horses progress into a confident and independent rider at the trot.
A retired teacher looking to volunteer, Mane Stream sparked Laura's interest because she could combine two of her passions, kids and horses. She waited for over a year to start her journey as a volunteer until she moved closer to Oldwick. As with most volunteers, Laura wanted to give something back, and with talents as an educator and equestrian, she knew her newly found free time would be put to good use at Mane Stream.
Since joining Mane Stream three months ago, Laura has clocked in approximately 80 hours. The total will increase even more rapidly this summer since she is now volunteering 4 times a week as a header and sidewalker for Adaptive Riding, Therapy Sessions and Horses for Healing.
Laura stated she enjoys the close-knit and warm setting of Horses for Healing which is a FREE equine assisted activities program for those living with, recovering from and living life after cancer. She feels the program enables volunteers and riders to bond together during lessons, making the program even more dynamic.
It’s obvious that Laura is enjoying her time here and is committed to becoming even more comfortable with the herd which is why she is receiving additional training on active leading.
Laura offered encouragement to those looking to get involved at Mane Stream but are worried about not being able to volunteer a lot of hours. “It’s very rewarding and if you can only volunteer for 2 hours a week, it’s totally worth those 2 hours a week.” Volunteers are at the core of what is possible at Mane Stream, and no time commitment is too small.
Laura, we are so glad you found Mane Stream,
and we thank you for all of your recent hard work
and obvious dedication!
If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, start the process now by checking out when the next orientation & training sessions are scheduled. Volunteer Opportunities