Could one of your horses be a TROT star?

Published 12:12 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2011

TROT seeks horses for spring session

The Therapeutic Riding of Tryon (TROT) program at FENCE is looking for horses for the spring session, which begins March 12 and ends May 21. Sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon.

Horses are used only once a week and TROT tries to accommodate the owner’s desired day. Usually there are two horses and riders in the ring simultaneously, with a horse leader, TROT rider and two side walkers for each horse/rider combination.

There is petting and grooming and happiness in the barn before the horses are tacked up for each ride. TROT horses are definitely “pampered.” Rosemary’s barn and ring are located in a very quiet corner of FENCE that is easily accessible to all.

All horses continue to live at their own homes, but are brought to the venue for each of their sessions by their owners or another volunteer using the TROT trailer.

If you have a nice, quiet, kind horse that is sound at the walk and jog who would like to have another career or if you have an equine retiree who would like a part-time job being a TROT “star,” contact Norm Powers at therapeuticriding@fence.org or call FENCE at 828-859-9021 to arrange for the three-part horse evaluation.

You can read more about the TROT program or volunteer yourself by visiting www.FENCE.org and going to the TROT link or by calling FENCE at 828-859-9021.

Volunteer training this year is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 at FENCE house or special arrangements can be made for you to train individually.