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By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

"In the steady gaze of the horse shines the eloquence that speaks of love, loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart".

Jean Robb here. 
This weeks volunteer work was with Riding Unlimited.

When I first pulled in, my immediate thought was how beautiful this place is. The wind was blowing and all you see for as far as your eyes can see is open fields and horses. I had to stop and take a big breath. Seeing the horses in that setting was so peaceful.  

I was first greeted by Cathy, she had a warm smile and clearly a gift for working with horses. She started teaching me right away. We started out by brushing Honey one of the horses used to work with the riders today. Cathy really took her time to get "Honey" ready and "Honey" loved the attention. Cathy also introduced me to the other volunteers and instructors. You will definitely feel welcomed by this great group of people. 

Now as most of you know, I work with lots of different animals, all the time. What you don't know is I've been afraid to work with horses. I'm afraid of  being kicked by them.Cathy made it easy to work with them today.All of the girls told me that you stay 6 inches or 6 feet away. That way the horse can't hurt you. So as you can see this was my fear to get over. I did it. I stayed very close to the horse and Cathy.

 "Honey" was a sweet horse to work with and worked so well with the riders.

My next horse was " Mr Big" . This was one of the most beautiful horses I've ever seen with the kindest spirit . Truly a gentle giant. I got to warm him up before the riders worked with him. He taught me so much in such a little amount of time. "Mr Big" was voted the number one horse to work with people of special needs for this region. When you see him with his rider, you see why.  He melted my heart. I loved this horse!

One of the very special riders I met today was Jim. He was the inspirational forces behind Riding Unlimited. Jim shared with me that the horses walk is very similar to a human walk. People in wheelchairs that are unable to walk have muscles stimulated in them when on top of a horse walking. Jim also feels that the confidence and self esteem the riders get from the experience will stay with them for a life time.I watched Jim go from his wheelchair to the horse and carriage, His face brought tears to my eyes. This was so much more then just a ride to him. It was good conversation with his instructor on a beautiful day doing what made him truly happy all at once. To see this man, that at times is hard to understand, shout out "Whoa" very clearly to the horse and the horse respond. Well you can imagine the pride in his face.   

 I watched as each of these very special people mounted their horse. The instructors and volunteers are encouraging them to do the best they can. The riders are really holding the reigns, turning, stopping and walking the horse. They have signs posted throughout the arena to look for when given the direction.The instructors look at the posture of the rider and guide them with the commands for the horse. The type of saddle used is dependent on the riders ability and muscle tone. The English saddle has no handle for the rider so they have to use only the reigns, it also requires more use of the leg muscles.The Western saddle has a handle and is bigger to make the riders more secure. Everything is thought of for the rider. I loved to see the riders faces so proud and happy to be with these gentle giants. This absolutely makes your heart stop.


 I also met a very special boy named Michael. He was there to be evaluated with hopes of becoming a rider soon. He made me a member of his special club. He said I could be anything I wanted to be in life as long as I made God an important part of it. These are such beautiful people with great gifts of their own to offer the world. I'm proud to be a member of his club.

I want to give special thanks to Cathy. 
She has a beautiful gift for working with people and animals. I learned a lot from her today. I feel blessed to have worked with all the great people at Riding Unlimited.
Their love for people and animals is truly unlimited.

Our Volunteers



Volunteer Opportunities
Riding Unlimited offers many exciting volunteer opportunities. Whether you like working with children, schooling horses, or soliciting items for an auction, we have the perfect opportunity for you. We welcome individual volunteers or groups looking for a volunteer project. We also have many couples who volunteer together and parents who volunteer with their teenage children.
At the Ranch
For hands-on interaction and physical exercise you might want to be a...

Sidewalker – The primary responsibility of a sidewalker is to maintain constant safety awareness, 
while providing physical and motivational support to the rider.

• Qualifications for Sidewalker – Minimum age is 14. Be able to walk and jog for short periods of time 
while the horse is trotting. Attend Volunteer Training and be committed to your weekly class assignment throughout the session.

If you have experience with horses you might want to be a...

Horse Handler – The horse handler is directly responsible for the horse before, during and after each 
lesson. It is the leader who must help in guiding, stopping and starting without making the rider feel that 
heor she is simply a passenger.

• Qualifications for Horse Handler - Minimum age is 14. Must have experience with horses and complete Handler Certification. Must attend hands-on training and be responsible for continued training as needed. Should be able to walk at a fast pace and jog intermittently during the lesson.
Driving Volunteer – Header and spotters

• Headers (trained horse handlers) and spotters must attend additional training. It is necessary to have operating knowledge of all securing mechanisms and be familiar with loading and unloading procedures.

For the younger generation

Junior Volunteeer – 11 – 13 years old

• Juniors do not work in the arena with the riders. The Junior Volunteer’s primary responsibility is to
assist with grooming and tacking. Junior volunteers must attend Volunteer Training.

Do you like ranch work? If so, we have a spot for you!
Ranch Hand - As a working ranch we always have fence to fix, pastures to maintain, building repairs 
and electrical and carpentry needs. The list is endless….

Off the Ranch
• Join our Board of Directors
• Join our Development Committee
• Help plan Special Events
• Set up Riding Unlimited tables at community events
• Solicit donations
• Media and communication
• Design brochures, fliers
• Manage the newsletter
• Join our Speakers Bureau
• Join our Finance Committee

For more details contact Pat Dellemann at 940-479-2016 or email

Click here to download the Volunteer Registration Forms and the Volunteer Manual to get started.

To volunteer, call the Ranch at 940-479-2016 or email us at
Charlie Wagner
Charlie is friends to all and enemies with none and that is hard to find in one individual. Charlie can do it all from pulling off a shoe that is just barely hanging on, repairing the facilities if in need, grooming and tacking some of our most stubborn mounts, and bringing a smile to everyone's faces. He is there in a pinch. One would find him working with new volunteers and showing them the ropes or lending a hand during mounting 
or in the arena when we are short. Charlie Wagner has a fantastic work ethic and lets it shine at all moments when at Riding Unlimited. He has riders that call him by name and even one that requests a hug from him. He is always ready to comply with the demands (larger and small) from our riders and horses. He may look kind of rugged on the outside but if you watch he will sneak a horse a scratch in one of their favorite spots or a treat if there happens to be one around. Charlie attends almost all of our extra activities and those staff meetings that we don't always want to know about. He is always at volunteer training and any one that has ever attended knows it's either scorching hot or freezing cold, but he never fails to show. He is a wonderful liaison between volunteers and instructors since we don't have x-ray eyes or even the ones in the back or our heads that we often wished we had. We are so proud of all the work Charlie Wagner has done with Riding Unlimited. Thanks, Charlie, you make a difference.


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