My name is Angie and I have been in the Stable Hands program since 1992 when I was 4 years old. Now I am almost 21. When I started I could hardly sit up on my own, I needed my side walkers to help support me. After a few weeks of riding I was able to sit up well on my own and my balance improved, it was great! Every week I was able to accomplish something new, I am so proud of myself and I wanted to show people what I could do.
I have met so many people that have touched my life in a special way. Your horse becomes one of your best friends. Now I ride a horse named Abby and I even have my own custom made saddle with a name plate on the back of it. I take independent riding lessons and I have so much fun. It is so cool knowing that I can control a huge animal by myself. It has given me so much self confidence. I am now taking online classes to become a dog obedience trainer and one day I hope to train service dogs and companion helper dogs. I would also like to be a pet photographer. I will continue riding horses as long as I am able to, hopefully for a very long time. – Angie