We were honored to share a sunny afternoon with our mentee playing with horses, which happens to be one of her favorite animals. The afternoon could not have been better—the sun was shining, the horses were frisky, we had the equestrian center all to ourselves; and, best of all, our mentee was all smiles!
Our mentee is not very mobile, but she enthusiastically made her way across the center to watch the horses run, buck, roll and rear, which delighted her beyond belief. She radiated joy as she watched their antics. She couldn't wait to pet and talk to them, and feed them carrots.
She also brought along her friend's 8-year-old daughter, who was able to get a pony ride. Our mentee was so gentle and thoughtful with this little girl, and encouraging as she watched her ride. This was a side of her that we hadn't been able to see before, and it was impressive and touching to watch her dote on this child and share her love of horses with her. There's something about animals that soothes the soul, and a love of animals that brings us together. What a delightful and unique day!