This page shares some of the things that our volunteers have said about helping at Barrow Farm RDA.
During Covid-19 lockdown, one of our Saturday volunteers, Jo, wrote this lovely poem.
I am living in unprecedented times,
I don’t know what will happen,
I am in lockdown and can’t go out or mix with all my friends.
I can’t see all my family which is very hard to bare.
But what I miss so very much is volunteering for Barrow Farm.
I miss the riders smiling faces,
I miss the horses dance, to our wonderful musical rides, it really is a laugh.
I miss our lessons with the coaches,
Where the riders learn a lot,
I miss the silly games we play, where I always try and cheat.
I hope that this will soon be over and we all are safe and able,
Then we can all get back to helping Barrow Farm and the Riding for the Disabled.
Reflections of a new volunteer
Martin started volunteering in September 2016 and 6 weeks later he wrote the following article for our newsletter:
I started volunteering at Barrow Farm in September and have found the whole experience very rewarding.
Each Monday morning finds me on the yard working with Sally, Livvy and Taylor and a number of volunteers. There is always plenty to do – feeding, mucking out, sweeping the yard, grooming and tacking up the ponies ready for the rides – the list goes on. I have ridden and been around horses all my adult life so this is all familiar territory to me, and I was really pleased to see such a well-run yard, full of happy, well cared for ponies (and people!)
After a welcome tea break I move to the less familiar territory of helping on the rides – leading the ponies and interacting with the riders to make sure that they understand what their coach is asking them to do, so that they get the most out of their ride. I need not have worried about any of this because the training and feedback given to me by Kath and Sally has been excellent.
In the short time I have been doing this I have built up a rapport with the riders I help and I get enormous pleasure from witnessing their progress. The Barrow Farm website sums it up nicely – it is a rewarding and fun way to make a difference (and to keep fit). I recommend it.