You Don't Have to Own A Horse to Be Around Them
Some of us a fortunate to be able to own a horse or two (or three . . .). There are other horse lovers that do not for various reasons. But, wait! There are still ways to be around horses, even without owning one.
One way, is to volunteer. There are many organizations and events in Eastern Pennsylvania that use volunteers to help.
Equi-librium is a therapeutic riding center located outside of Nazareth, PA. They are non-profit and rely on volunteers to assist in various tasks. They provide training for their volunteers. And you can volunteer as many hours as you are able to.
For the youth, each county in Eastern Pennsylvania has several 4H horse clubs. Here members from ages 8-18 can not only learn about horses, but also learn leadership skills and other skills which will be used in the future in daily lives. The only requirement for members is to want to learn more about horses. 4H also relies on adult volunteers - and no horse knowledge is required. The volunteers can assist the leaders of the clubs in setting up field trips, taking care of paperwork, etc. The adults can even sit in on club meetings to learn about horses.
Another youth organization, where adults can volunteer are chapters of U.S.P.C. (United States Pony Club). This is a national non-profit organization, There are several located in Eastern Pennsylvania. There also may be an adult chapter, known better as Pony Club Horsemasters, that follow the same guidelines as U.S.P.C.
How about helping the mounted police unit. There are several in Eastern Pennsylvania and they could use some volunteers to assist with taking care of the horses.
Many horse events are always looking for volunteers. Some of them are eventing (always in need of fence judges), various hunter/ jumper or dressage shows,
Volunteering helps the organization and the community. It is also a great way to meet others that enjoy horses . . . . and you get to spend time doing what you enjoy.
Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR® (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.
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