I’m sure you like a routine to your day. So do our horses and ponies, like Tucker. Tucker is one of our special stars. He is used in therapeutic lessons, hippotherapy and recreational lessons. He is a wonder pony who has even been in a television studio! What an interesting day that must have been for him.
It’s 7 am, where’s my hay? I’ll whinny as a reminder that IT’S TIME. I’ve got my head stuck over the stall door waiting – can you see me? After hay, I get my breakfast – yum. Food is very important to me, you know – I try to grab a snack of grass, bush, leaf, whenever I can. Actually, I like to try and trick a new volunteer into letting me grab a bite of grass as we walk to and from the barn – sometimes it even works – haha!
Time for turnout with my BFF Traveler in our big paddock. I’m not out with the herd, because apparently they think I am a little too bossy with other horses. I don’t know WHAT they are talking about.… Anyway Traveler and I play and argue over the piles of hay, but we sure love each other. We play tag with each other, trotting around. I get a pat now and then from someone walking by.
Later in the morning, someone comes to get me ready for my 11:30 therapeutic class. They take me inside the barn, where I get a nice brush and cleaning — it sure feels good to get the itchy dirt and mud out of my coat. Can you brush carefully around my ears and under my chin? It’s hard for me to reach! For this class I wear a bareback pad and my regular bridle.
I like my class at 11:30. I have a nice horsehandler and a sidewalker. I don’t mind the extra company, because I know they are helping my rider. My rider is very happy to see me and gives me a nice pat after she gets on. We mostly walk in this class but do a little bit of trotting. I’m feeling very energetic today, so I’m happy to trot a bit. Sometimes we go for a trail ride, but it was raining today, so we stayed inside.
After the class, I hang out with Traveler again. He is so happy to see me – he almost always whinnies “hello.” More hay! After munching for a bit, I take a little nap. Traveler and I don’t care about the rain – we are ponies bred for the outdoor weather – we don’t even notice the raindrops. There’s always a lot of activity in the afternoons here, so I see a lot of people and horses walking back and forth.
A girl comes to get me at 3:15 to prepare for another therapeutic class. I walk and trot in this class too. I’m wearing a western pad with a surcingle now. This time I have a horsehandler and two sidewalkers – lots of activity around me, but I’m used to that. We play games with buckets – every once in a while I stick my nose in to see if there is a treat (I haven’t found one yet…) My rider has a great time riding today. I know he looks forward to this day every week.
Whew, it’s been a busy day, so I’m happy to go home to my dinner and to talk with Traveler again. He lives right across the aisle from me. I love going into a nice clean stall – sometimes I even roll around in the fresh shavings. And I always have hay waiting for me. Yesss.. Someone comes at night to give us our late night hay, and then it’s time to sleep. Did you know that I lay down to sleep?! Some people think horses can’t lay down to sleep, but trust me we do! And snore! And dream! I think I’ll dream about munching on that nice flowery bush I see in the garden…
What is your favorite part of the day? Tell us!