Maranda saddles up with the Kent County Mounted Division

Maranda saddles up with the Kent County Mounted Division


THERE IS SOME NEW FRIENDS ARE- GOING TO MEET AT THIS YEAR’S PARK PARTY. FRIENDS LIKE HONDO AND OTHER HORES THAT ARE PART OF THE KENT COUNTY MOUNTED DIVISION. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOU AND THE HORSES AND SOME FRIENDS JOINING US THIS YEAR. LOOKING FORWARD TO IT TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE DOING THERE. WE WILL SIT WITH THE HORSES AND INDIVIDUALS CAN COME UP. WE WILL ALSO BE DOING SOME PETROLIN ON HORSEBACK. HOW MANY HORSES? FOUR. AMOUNTED DIVISION IS — THE MOUNTED DIVISION IS SOMETHING YOU HEAR ABOUT. TELL THE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE STARTED OUT AS A PROJECT THE SHERIFF WANTED US TO DO. THE IDEA WAS TO PATROL MILLENNIUM PARK. THAT HAS GROWN IN SCOPE. WE HAVE REALLY BECOME THE MOUNTED UNIT FOR ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. ALL THE FUNDS THAT YOU SEE THERE WERE USED TO PUT THIS TOGETHER ARE ALL GOVERNMENT DOLLARS. THAT’S A STATE-OF-THE-ART. YOU ACTUALLY RUN THIS WITH VOLUNTEERS. YES. YOU ARE GOING TO BE AT LAMARR PARK IN WYOMING. WHY ARE YOU EXCITED TO BRING THE HORSES TO THE PARTY? IT IS JUST MORE AWARENESS TO THE PUBLIC. TO SEE A GOOD SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. WHEN YOU ARE STANDING ON THE STREET CORNER KNOW BECOMES UP TO YOU. YOU SIT ON A HORSE IN 30 SECONDS YOU ARE SURROUNDED. YOU HAVE A POSITIVE INTERACTION WITH THE KIDS AND ADULTS. WHAT ARE SOME SAFETY THINGS WE NEED TO KEEP IN MIND AROUND BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS LIKE THIS? BEAUTIFUL BUT THE EGG. FIRST WE WANT TO ALWAYS BE RIGHT AT THE SHOULDER OF THE HORSE. IF WE GET TOO FAR BEHIND THE HORSE THINGS WILL SPOOK THE HORSE AND THEY WILL KICK TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. WE NEVER WANT TO GET TOO FAR IN FRONT OF THE SHOULDER . SOMETIMES THEY WILL TURN AROUND AND HIT US WITH THEIR HEAD. WE ALSO WANT TO WATCH OUT FOR OUR FEET IF WE ARE WEARING SANDALS IN THE SUMMER. SOMETIMES THEY WILL STOP THEIR FEET TO GET FLIES OFF. THE OTHER THING WE ALWAYS WANT TO PET RIGHT AT THE SHOULDER. WE DON’T WANT TO GET TOO FAR BACK OR TOO FAR FORWARD. I’M GOING TO DO IT RIGHT HERE AT THE SHOULDER NICE AND GENTLE. YOU CAN’T COME TO A PLACE LIKE THIS AND NOT GET ON THE BACK OF A HORSE. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME CLIMB ABOARD. ABSOLUTELY. HUGO IS A FABULOUS ANIMAL . YOU DO SOME CROWD CONTROL. WE DO A LOT OF PATROL DOWNTOWN IN THE SUMMERTIME. WE ARE A BIG CRIME DETERMINED. WE ARE 10 FEET HIGH. PEOPLE CAN SEE US. PEOPLE HAVE WATCHED — WALKED PAST OFFICERS DONG FOOT PATROL. THE CAUSE OF OUR PRESENCE PEOPLE WILL IF THEY THINK THEY ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING THERE’S A POLICE OFFICER RIGHT NOW. EVEN THOUGH WE MAY NOT SEE THEM. OUR PRESENCE ON THE HORSE DETERS A LOT. DO YOU MIND IF I RIDE THEM AROUND A LITTLE BIT? IF YOU WANT TO MEET HUGO AND ALL HIS FRIENDS WE WILL SEE YOU AT LAMARR PARK ON JUNE 21. LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET THE FAMILY OUT MOVING AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL SUMMER WEATHER THINK ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THE MSU GRANT FONDA. OUR FRIENDS FROM PRIORITY HEALTH ARE PART OF THAT. IT’S A FAMILY BIKE RIDE. YOU CAN RIDE 10 MILES, 12 MILES, 25 MILES, 40 MILES OR 80 MILES DEPENDING ON YOUR PREFERENCE. I’M WRITING 12 WITH MY FAMILY OF FIVE. YOUR KIDS YOUR KIDS ARE LITTLE. I HAVE A FOUR-YEAR-OLD, 7-YEAR-OLD AND A 9-YEAR-OLD MY HUSBAND IS COMING ALONG FOR THE RIDE. WHY’S IT SO IMPORTANT TO GET THE FAMILY OUT DOING THINGS LIKE THIS? IT IS SO IMPORTANT. IT WAS THE VERY FIRST TIME SHE HAS RIDDEN A BIKE. WE HAD A FABULOUS TIME TOGETHER. IT’S ABOUT TEACHING YOUR KIDS ABOUT BEING ACTIVE AND HEALTHY AND SHOWING THEM AS A MENTOR. GETTING OUT TOGETHER IS REALLY IMPORTANT. NOW MY WHOLE FAMILY IS ALONG FOR THE RIDE. IT IS SO COOL THAT ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE. THE FAMILY DOES A 10 MILE. YOU HAVE A HALWAY BREAK. THE OTHERS WILL HAVE BREAKS ALONG THE WAY. THEY HAVE SNACKS AND GREAT FOOD. DEPENDING ON YOUR COMFORT LEVEL YOU HAVE SOME OPTIONS. AND THE FABULOUS PRIORITY HEALTH JERSEY. I WILL BE SPORTING THAT ON JUNE 23. I WILL BE WEARING THAT AS WELL AS MY GIRLS. IS THERE STILL TIME TO GET OUT AND MOVE TOGETHER? YOU CAN BECOME A CHAMPION AT ANY TIME. MY KIDS ARE PART OF THE CHAMPIONS PROGRAM. IT’S ABOUT EARNING FREE GEAR FOR BEING ACTIVE. STARTING TO MAKE THESE SORTS OF HEALTHY HABITS. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GO OUT THERE LOOKING TO INSPIRE THEMSELVES OR INSPIRE THEIR FAMILY TO BE ACTIVE AND SIGN UP. WE WILL HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE. MAKE IT A GREAT DAY WHERE YOU LIVE.

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