The horse I owned for 26 years, Rusty, passed away in 2000. He was my mental therapist all those years so I knew the fabulous potential horses have in that regard but did not know about the physical therapy benefits. After two years of “horse withdrawal” February 2002, I found The Saddle Light Center in the phone book and have been volunteering ever since. The progressive benefits the riders receive from these amazing horses under the professional and individual care of Kerstin and our Instructors is awesome to witness and be a part of. The fresh air and exercise is a major plus for me as well as interaction with the other volunteers, riders and horses so I hope you can join us.
I started volunteering at the Saddle Light Center 6 years ago as a way to get familiar with horses again after a long hiatus. I also felt like I needed some outdoor time after working in an office 9 hours every day! The therapy horses are truly special—their funny and kind personalities always brighten my day. Getting to know the other volunteers is a pleasure, and watching how much the kids change and grow over the years is very rewarding.
Clint and I both have sisters with Down syndrome and shortly after we married in May 2011 we felt that there was so much more to give than just going to work day in and day out. … We love coming out to work with the kids and seeing their progress. … People ask me why we go and I always tell them that scooping horse poop is way cheaper than therapy and that is why we go! Thanks to the SLC and to Kerstin for all that you do! You are impacting and changing the lives of many people that come out. I know our lives have been forever changed because of this place…
Volunteers Contribute a Huge Value to Us
- Between January 1 – September 22, 2015, we recorded 5,577.00 volunteer hours.
- The National & Community Service (NCoC) values each volunteer hour in Texas at $23.40.
- That means, $130,501.80 has been given to us in volunteer hours.
- An average week uses approximately 196 hours of volunteer service, for a value of $4,586.40 /week.
If you can’t donate monetarily to our organization, consider volunteering!