Tuesdays with Tenneson; Elbow Room
The past few weeks at HETRA have been louder than usual. I was pretty worried about the hammering and drilling. How would the HETRA staff hear my demands above the racket?! It turns out; Chris O’Callaghan was hard at work building us a brand new tack room. He did a great job and now we have plenty of elbow room! Our previous tack room was too small for our growing program. Equipment was stacked and stored in other rooms. The staff and volunteers even had to dance around each other to walk in (I thought it was pretty funny). Now, we have room for all of our saddles, bridles, and adaptive equipment. Everyone can walk in without bumping into each other. Thank you, Chris. The noise was totally worth it. P.S. The drilling was actually pretty cool. I got lots of extra outside time to play!
In other news, one of our therapeutic riding horses, Tia, has gone home. I was sad to see her go, but she left for a great reason. She’s preparing to have her baby! The baby is due the first week of April. The HETRA staff has promised to show everyone pictures once the baby has arrived. I’m excited to be an uncle!
While Tia is away, I’m working hard in the arena. Shelby, the HETRA horse manager, is making sure I get regular exercise and training. I’m learning to communicate with my rider. It’s hard to learn when to turn and stop. However, Shelby says I’m making fast progress. It won’t be long before I can start to train for HETRA sessions. I’m looking forward to joining my friends in therapeutic riding!