SHORT: King Street Center Kids Learn to Ride Horses [544]

SHORT: King Street Center Kids Learn to Ride Horses [544]


Nice big breath [laughter]. Welcome to Stuck in Vermont, brought to you by Seven Days. My name is Eva Sollberger and we are here in Charlotte at the Merrymac Farm, hello! And today there are teenagers from the King Street Center who are riding horses, doing chores – all the chores that are involved in taking care of horses. One group’s gonna be riding inside, one group’s gonna be riding outside. We’re going to fill the water buckets up, and we’re gonna do hay and clean a couple more stalls and put some sawdust in. We’re about to do chores and then kids get to do riding. We’ve been grooming the horses, riding them, washing them, feeding them, cleaning out their stalls. Gives me confidence about a lot of things. And like, since some kids are scared of horses, now they’re not. Yeah so this is King Street Center teen program and we have partnered with Era MacDonald here at Merrymac Farm to offer a farm experience, more than pony rides. We’re a new farm, I love kids, I love horses. This is a very valuable opportunity for all the youth present because it gives them experiences that they wouldn’t necessarily have otherwise. I mean, me included, I’ve never ridden a horse or been in this more rural based environment. [ducks quacking] Yeah, I just like being out there with all the animals and everything. The rabbits, the cats and the horses. It’s Vermont so there’s a lot of animals here and it’s nice for kids to get to know one of the biggest animals. Even though it’s bigger than you, you can still be like, the boss of it. You gotta be in control. If you’re not in control, she’ll decide that she’s in control. We used to have in Kenya, cats. Especially for kids from other countries, they don’t know anything about horses and now they’re here and they’re riding. When it was my first day I was so scared. Now, I’m happy. Each time I’ve gone out there, I’ve just gotten better and better. It’s amazing at week 6 to see some of them get on and off a horse today. Totally relaxed, foot in, up and over. Big breath, shoulders back, nice smile. All right, let’s go! I think riding can be truly empowering for all ages. You see girls where you can encourage them, stand up tall, you know, walk proud. We’re gonna sit up nice and tall, ok? No slouching. Yeah, they are definitely learning confidence. The biggest thing for me is just that connection with nature and that real love of living things. I like to be friends with the horse. How to make them feel happy. If you need to be with the horse, you need to calm down. Relaxed, take a breath. She wouldn’t have walked Monster probably six weeks ago. And if we had six more weeks, or 12 more weeks, she might be riding Monster. Some of you were terrified when you first touched a horse and I just have to say, everyone getting on today, foot in the stirrup, up and on, like you’ve done it your whole life. I think if you can become one with the horse and work with the horse, your skills in life are gonna be much greater. Rock on King Street! [applause] Music: Bless the Child, “On My Side” -Bye, thank you! King Street is hoping this summer program can continue throughout the year and we will get stuck in Vermont with you again real soon.

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