"I just wanted to thank you, your staff, and all of your excellent volunteers for our experience yesterday at Shady Hollow with our visually impaired clients. Despite the many trips VRC has made to Shady Hollow through the years with the kids and with the adults, That was my first experience at your facility and I was very impressed. An extra special thanks goes out to Elmer and Mack for giving me the opportunity to groom and ride them respectively. I had a lot of fun and I am glad that you all strongly encouraged me to give riding a try! Your suggestion for walking around the arena with Andy upon arrival, giving him and the horses an opportunity to smell one another proved very helpful, so thank you for this and thanks to Tracie for assisting me in doing it. Missy, Amanda, and Lydia were equally great to work with as they helped me to “settle into the saddle” as they coached me on what to do while riding Mack. My heart rate was definitely accelerated with nervous anticipation, but they helped me to develop a comfort, allowing me to ride as long as I did. Overall the experience was truly a positive one and I just wanted to thank all of you for it!"
-Mark and Andy