Precious, she was nervous, but sweet, and although we were told that she was trained to ride, we knew as soon as we tried to put her saddle on, that we were in for an adventure. Precious was scared of ALL things, moving or not moving, loud or quiet, human or canine. We worked with her for hours every week and after three months we still weren't sure if she'd be ready to meet kids. As it turns out Precious is very different when a child is at her side. She loves the attention and to our surprise she was true to her name. Throughout the summer she was one of the most popular horses and seemed to know not only what was expected of her, but what her child needed most. On the last day of our summer session, Precious stood with her chin resting on a child's shoulder as the child sang the good-bye songs she had written. Precious gave some much needed love to a child, and in return that child gave a calming comfort to our needy Precious. The connection was amazing!
It's sad how many horses are neglected and abandoned at boarding facilities. Several of our horses share this same story. It has been a remarkable experience to witness the beautiful transformation from the unwanted horse, to the equine counselors they have become.
SDYR’s first horsemanship session... Tiffani bounded into the barn several steps ahead of her slightly more timid friends. Her smile was wider than her little body was tall. Tiffani was the type of child who could do more in one hour than most of us could do in a day.
Before any of us could catch up with her, she had picked a job, picked a horse, picked her mentor, and looked around at all of us wondering what in the world was taking everybody so long. Her horse of choice? A light palomino mare named Precious.
Precious came to us in late 2011. When we met her, she was neglected and abandoned at a boarding facility. She was nervous but she was sweet and we immediately saw her potential. We worked with her for hours every week and after three months we still weren’t sure if she’d be ready to meet kids.
As it turns out, Precious is very different when a child is at her side. She loves the attention and to our surprise she was true to her name. Throughout the summer she was one of the most popular horses and seemed to know not only what was expected of her, but also what her child needed most.
On the last day of our sessions, our happy, busy Tiffani was quiet and serious. She knew it would be a long time before she would see her new friend. Before Tiffani left, she walked her beloved friend over to her grooming spot. The barn fell silent as Tiffani began to sing a sweet goodbye song, one she had written herself.
Tiffani loved Precious and Precious loved Tiffany right back. Precious, a once abandoned horse was now loved so deeply by a child who was all too familiar with those same pains. They stood nose to nose, caring for each other from the inside out. Two hearts forever touched by the other.
If you would like to sponsor the SDYR herd or make a donation to our general fund please use the link below.