A Volunteer contribution by angel campbell
It is often said "to give is its greatest reward." Being part of Animal Guardians Horse Rescue has been that for me. My horse died in Oct of 2017. He was an old cantankerous guy who had lived an adventurous life from race track, to backyard project, to dressage school horse, to ranch trail, to finally retired pasture buddy. Not all of his life was pleasant, but his last 14 years were filled with love and attention. When he passed, I promised him that I would find an organization that valued older horses in their twilight years and volunteer. I wanted to be sure other horses had as sweet and loving final years as he had had. I have found such an organization in Animal Guardians Horse Rescue. The older horses thrive from love and attention the many volunteers bestow on them. Each volunteer has so many gifts to share not only with the horses, but with each other as well. Some of us are new to the horse world, and some are experienced horse people but all share in the belief to make these horses have a better life. As diverse as our volunteers are is how diverse the horses are. We have horses who have had little positive human contact and lack the awareness as to space and trust. They need slow and consistent interactions. AGHR provides training to work with these horses in a consistent, safe manner. There are also horses that are so loving and sweet you could put them in your back pocket. The joy of having a previously distrusting horse walk towards you with bent head and seek your touch is truly satisfying. To have an old "friend" greet you with nickers can only be described as rapturous. Through giving my time to these amazing horses and this organization, my life has been enriched ten fold. I encourage anyone interested in horses to become a part of this wonderful organization because to give is its greatest reward. You never know what blessings await you.