“Mom, I need a t-shirt because I have to be in my uniform!” Zoe made a statement as if truth was held in this precious shirt. Her mom laughed and grabbed a shirt resigned to the fact that her daughter loved few things better than this farm.
Zoe has been riding here for almost four years. She has “trained” all of our horses and ponies, and she loves each one as only she can. She proudly tells every new student or instructor all that she knows about each horse.
“Now BRUTUS, he is big!” She pats the big Fresian on the shoulder and her eyes twinkle with pride. “I trained him too!” She holds her hand on his massive shoulder and gazes into his eyes like a mother with her newborn babe.
Everyday when she walks to her mother’s beautiful car she tells all that one day she will work here. That day is finally coming. Her mother asked me if she thought Zoe could “work” here once school let out. Zoe overheard our conversation and said with pride, “Mom, you can just drop me off and I’ll work here!” Zoe can hardly wait to have the independence that she sees the other helpers have.
I easily have four to five helpers-volunteers everyday that tirelessly assist instructors, tack or untack horses and ponies, clean stalls, leather, tack-shack or sidewalk and lead during lessons. They are an integral part of my farm, and it would be impossible to run this farm without their unwavering support. Zoe has dreamed of the day when she would do what they do.
Last Saturday she got her RAISE YOUR DREAMS FARM t-shirt and it is with great pride that she will wear her uniform to work! When that day comes I know few who would be prouder to be at this little farm that holds hope.
Jill Mansor, owns RAISE YOUR DREAMS FARM. She is also a motivational speaker and author of FIGHTING FOR THE FINISH (available on Amazon or http://www.jillmansor.com)