Sunday, February 21, 2010

Volunteer Orientation

On Saturday,February 20, HRHR hosted its first volunteer orientation of the year.
The turn out was greater than expected, with 13 people showing up to meet the horses and find out what HRHR is all about.

Misty Hunter, who is acting president right now, started things off by handing out important paperwork and giving an overview of the rescue. She explained how to become a member and a volunteer, and what kinds of volunteer opportunities are available (lots!).
We then all trooped over to the paddocks where the horses are kept, and were introduced to Olive, Sophia, and Angel. They were certain this was a bonus feeding time! Instead, we introduced ourselves to each other, which is a great way to make a group of strangers a little more connected. There were people of all ages and many walks of life there- young boys and girls to grandmothers and grandfathers.
After we got to know each other a little, it was time to get to know the horses.

The three mares were fawned over like the queens and princesses they know themselves to be.

Also, pens were cleaned and gravel was smoothed out for better drainage. These are all things that need to be done on a regular basis. So many people pitching in made short work of it!

After everyone had a chance to fall in love with each of the horses, we gathered together again so Misty and Kira Hawk (long time volunteer and handler)could talk about what kind of work went into feeding and caring for the horses. Most anyone with horse sense and a strong back and feed and clean pens. People with horse experience can handle the horses, and get them out of the pen for exercise.

HRHR is so glad to see so many people interested in helping out. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come out and have a fun and productive day!