These are the contents of my pockets these days, horse treats to get the horses to trust me, hair ties to keep my hair from being a snarl at the end of the day, and a little Craftsman pocket knife that my dad gave me when I was ten, because he told me you should always have a little knife handy in case you need it to fix something. I'm always trying to be a little more organized and efficient at the ranch because there's a lot to do to take care of roughly 30 equines, so my dad's advice has come in handy. There are so many times I've been out and about on the ranch wishing I had a knife, so I finally pulled "Old Crafty" out of a drawer.
It's been a busy winter just keeping the horses warm and comfortable, as I've blogged about previously. Yesterday we moved many of the horses around to let some of those who have been in pens go out in the pasture to get more of a chance to move around. All of the pens are big enough for them to run in, but I think they like running in the pasture more. It's always a little intimidating for me to move a horse simply because I don't have that much horse experience, but it's easier than it was when I first started at the ranch last year. It's really fun to see them get excited and run around.
I realize more and more how much there is to know about equines and how I've just scratched the surface of that knowledge, but I love to learn and everyone at the ranch is willing to share their knowledge and experience. Being around horses is a different experience from being around dogs and cats, so I really try to pay attention and not just assume I know how to handle them just because I love animals. I do also enjoy helping out by doing the Wings website and contributing to the social media, and that's the experience I can share with the Wings Programs.
Laura Weise is a Wings volunteer who lives in Stevensville and will be bringing you stories of life at the barn.