First True Love

Apprehensive I came down to you,
Slipped your halter o'er ears so tall
You gobbled up your treat, I slipped the billet through,
the brass buckle on your headstall.

You nudged my shoulder seeking grain,
I tied you in the aisle,
You bumped me gently once again,
I groomed you for awhile.

Carefully I checked your tack,
Flip your reins o'er your neck,
Your saddle snug upon your back,
and then I pause for just a "sec".

I see your nose and brilliant eye,
Your forelock tossed into the sky,
Along your back, my eyes do fly,
'till they've seen from jaw to shining thigh.

And then all at once I'm up,
Cautious in my manner,
For with the slightest "giddy-up"
You'll fly from my hand like a wind-whipped banner.

We slowly walk around the ring,
'till the circles make us tire,
But it is such a splendid thing,
To at last be astride your blazing fire,
Now I urge you to a trot,
Dreaming of the time,
When we'll reach all that we've sought,
Just one moment in the lime.

In a blur our magical ride is done,
I pat you a gentle goodbye,
Instead of galloping down the field at a headlong breadneck run,
You look me squarely in the eye

Promising the rides to come,
Promising my bliss,
Telling me we both have won,
The key to each others happiness.

Years later from that memorable day,
You've now run the Scottsdale floor,
I watch you old and slow and grey,
And I know I love you even more.


Volunteers are a key link to help Freedom Reins meet its mission. Most of our riders would not be able to participate without the physical and emotional support of volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of our therapeutic riding program. Volunteers will assist the Riding Instructors to ensue directions are being carried out to the best of the rider’s ability. Volunteers will also assist with barn duties, fundraising events and various activities associated with our therapeutic riding center.

No experience is necessary. Training will be provided.

We're in need of volunteers. View the Press Release for more details.

Volunteer Manual
Volunteer Information Form
Volunteer Availability Form

For more information or to become a Volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Karissa Kelly, at 812-631-9453 to schedule a training session to become a part of our growing horse therapy program.